What a difference a week makes, no matter how perfect a team can be.
Damien fell from the No. 1 spot to No. 3 in the Star-Advertiser Boys Basketball Top 10 today. The Monarchs are now 8-0 after winning their lone nonconference game of the week against Kapolei. Earlier, they posted stunning wins over Punahou, St. Francis and Kalaheo, winning the Damien Invitational and Pete Smith Classic along the way. The Monarchs declared for ILH Division II in June and are locked in that classification this season.
Punahou swept through the OIA-ILH Challenge and emerged at No. 1. The Buffanblu collected just three of the 10 first-place votes after blitzing Kapolei 71-41, edging Kalaheo 81-79 and routing Kailua 80-55.
The difference was a heavy number of mid-range votes by the panel of coaches and media for Damien. One ballot listed the Monarchs at No. 4 and two have them at No. 5.
‘Iolani (6-0) moved up two notches to No. 2 after securing close wins over Kalaheo 56-62, Kailua 68-62 and Moanalua 63-53 at the OIA-ILH Challenge.
Maryknoll (8-0) remained unbeaten after nonconference wins over Kaiser and Aiea, but dropped one slot to No. 4. Maryknoll and ‘Iolani each garnered one first-place vote.
Kalaheo lost two of three games at the Challenge, but managed to vault two spots higher to No. 5. Moanalua made the biggest leap, moving up three places to No. 7. Na Menehune ran away from Kamehameha and had close losses to St. Francis and ‘Iolani.
Kahuku slipped four notches to No. 10 after a loss to Konawaena at Baldwin’s Ka‘apuni Invitational.
Kailua stepped into the poll for the first time this season in a tie with Kahuku at No. 10. The Surfriders outlasted Kamehameha 68-63 and had a close loss to ‘Iolani. They led Punahou for most of the first half and trailed 41-40 at halftime before losing by 25.
Also receiving votes: Roosevelt 4, Kalani 3, Kaiser 1, Konawaena 1, Maui 1.
Honolulu Star-Advertiser Top 10
|Updated: Mar. 16|
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