Punahou garnered nine out of 10 first-place votes to become the first team this season to hold down the No. 1 spot for a second week in a row.
Unlike some ILH teams that traveled, the Buffanblu (15-1, 0-0) were idle from game action last week. They open league play on Thursday against Mid-Pacific, one of four consecutive road games to start the regular season.
‘Iolani (9-4, 0-0 ILH) remains at No. 2 after a busy week at The Classic at Damien. The Raiders stunned Servite, and then Diamond Bar, getting a buzzer-beating 3-pointer from guard Noah Bumanglag to reach the semifinals.
Damien (14-2, 1-0 ILH D-II) is a point ahead of Maryknoll for the No. 3 position. The Monarchs, who beat the Spartans in preseason, play D-II powerhouse University on Thursday.
Maryknoll (14-1, 0-0 ILH) also had a quiet week. The Spartans, like Punahou, will open the season with four straight games on the road. They visit St. Francis on Thursday and ‘Iolani on Saturday.
St. Francis (14-9, 0-0 ILH) is home after playing in the Lahainaluna Invitational. The Saints lost to host Lahainaluna 50-49 and California’s Mission Viejo before defeating Rex Putnam (Ore.) and Seabury Hall.
Saint Louis (7-0, 0-0 ILH), Kailua (8-8, 0-0 OIA), Kamehameha (11-4, 0-0 ILH), Kalaheo (9-9, 0-0 OIA) and Kahuku round out the Top 10.
Kahuku (9-4, 0-0 OIA) is in the Top 10 for the first time since Dec. 10. Like the Kahuku girls, the boys are in the poll at No. 10 this week. The Red Raiders will host Kailua on Wednesday.
Moanalua, which lost at Farrington 59-55, dropped out of the rankings for the first time this season.
Moanalua, Lahainaluna, Farrington, Maui, Roosevelt and Waiakea also received votes.
Honolulu Star-Advertiser Top 10
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