Fickle they are, no question.
“Fame,” Emily Dickinson once said, “is a fickle food upon a shifting plate.”
Voters can be fickle, too. For a second time this early season, coaches and media have elected Punahou No. 1 in the Star-Advertiser Boys Basketball Top 10.
The Buffanblu began the season at No. 2 after a loss to Damien. Punahou (15-1) climbed back to No. 1, only to fall back to the second spot behind ‘Iolani last week.
Since then, the deep, talented and relentless Buffanblu swept through their Punahou Invitational with a 4-0 mark, overwhelming Damien in the final.
‘Iolani (7-3) defeated Kaiser, then lost to national No. 1 Montverde (Fla.), West Linn (Ore.) and Pleasant Grove (Utah) at the ‘Iolani Prep Classic. Voters penalized the Raiders even though those losses were to regional or national powerhouses.
This is the first time this season and, perhaps in history, that the first six spots are occupied by ILH programs.
Damien (14-2) traded places with Maryknoll and is at No. 3 after stunning the Spartans 55-47 at the Punahou Invitational. Maryknoll (14-1) is at No. 4 after its first loss of the season.
St. Francis (12-7) enjoyed the return of senior guard Kameron Ng and remained at No. 5. The biggest leap of the week is by Saint Louis (7-0), which moved from No. 9 to No. 6 despite having the week off from game action.
Moanalua (6-5), Kailua (8-8), Kalaheo (9-9) and Kamehameha (11-4) round out this week’s Top 10. Kailua returned to the rankings after a strong performance at the ‘Iolani Classic that included wins over then-No. 7 Mid-Pacific and Moanalua. It’s been musical chairs for this area of the voting.
Also receiving votes: Kahuku 10, Mid-Pacific 9, Hawaii Prep 2, Konawaena 2, Kauai 1, Maui 1, Roosevelt 1.
Honolulu Star-Advertiser Top 10
|Updated: Aug. 9|