Punahou’s Chong named ILH MVP

Punahou’s Zayne Chong went to the basket for two points past Moanalua’s Geremy Robinson during the first half of a D-I boys basketball semifinal state tournament game last month. Photo by Cindy Ellen Russell/Star-Advertiser.

Punahou senior Zayne Chong, who guided the Buffanblu to a state title with four wins in five days, was named the ILH most valuable player in Division I on Wednesday.

Maryknoll’s Kelly Grant was the ILH coach of the year in Division I after guiding the Spartans to their first league title since 2013.

The ILH boys basketball all-star teams were voted on by the league coaches and are listed below.

Division I

Most valuable player—Zayne Chong, Sr, Punahou
Coach of the year—Kelly Grant, Maryknoll
Kobe Young, Sr, Kamehameha
Jaylen Cain, Sr, Maryknoll
Marcus Tobin, Jr, Maryknoll
Colin Micah Ramos, Jr, Mid-Pacific
Cole Arceneaux, Sr, Punahou
Kawika Lee, Jr, ‘Iolani
Christmas Togiai, So, Kamehameha
Jordyn Perez, Sr, Maryknoll
Hunter Hosoda, Sr, Punahou
Kaulana Makaula, Jr, Punahou
‘Iolani: Justin Genovia, Noah Bumanglag
Kamehameha: Laamea Frank
Maryknoll: Isiah Gelacio
Mid-Pacific: Robert Thompson
Punahou: Duke Clemens

Division II

Most valuable player—Kameron Ng, Jr, St. Francis
Coach of the year—Ron Durant, St. Francis
Kolin Galdiano, Sr, Damien
Micah Mitchell, Sr, Hawaii Baptist
Kordel Ng, So, St. Francis
Otto Taylor, Sr, University
Leif Ericson Fautanu, Jr, University
Crumel Mooring, Sr, Damien
Josh Hooper, Sr, Hanalani
Maxwell Wiemken, Jr, Hawaii Baptist
Charles Abe, Sr, Le Jardin
Bryce Nishida, Sr, St. Francis
Boris Vukovic, Sr, St. Francis
Damien: Lindon Sevilleja, Jarvis Natividad, Jydon Hall
Hanalani: Kona Carruthers, Cris Harrison

Division III

Most valuable player—AJ Ulufale, Sr, Assets
Coach of the year—Tim Kelleher, Assets
Kainoa Coarsey, Sr, Assets
Elijah Busenbark, Sr, Christian Academy
Yoshimi Matoba, Sr, Christian Academy
Mikael French, Jr, Hawaii Mission Academy
Christopher Gionson, Sr, Island Pacific Academy
Jake Lundstrom, Sr, Island Pacific Academy
Jeffrey Mangahis, Jr, Lanakila Baptist
Matthew Tokuda, Jr, Christian Academy
Sky Okumura, So, Christian Academy
Nathan Bek, Sr, Island Pacific Academy
Jacob Weinhardt, Sr, Island Pacific Academy
Alister Valenzuela, Sr, Lanakila Baptist
Christian Academy: Erickson Kanahele
Lanakila Baptist: Tyler Sproat, Ray Pauley

Division I-AA

Most valuable player—Dallas Dunaway, Sr, Punahou
Coach of the year—Gary Pacarro, Punahou
Adam O’Leary, Sr, ‘Iolani
Kaethen Kahana, Sr, Kamehameha
Joseph Sealey, Sr, Maryknoll
Ty Shishido, Jr, Punahou
Seth Hiro, Sr, Saint Louis
Makoa Ing, Sr, Saint Louis
Kwinton Ho Ching, Jr, ‘Iolani
Alexander Wee, Sr, ‘Iolani
Micah Joshua Akiu, Jr, Kamehameha
Chad Foster, Jr, Kamehameha
Nicholas Buto, Sr, Punahou
Parker Van Dyke, Sr, Punahou
‘Iolani: Elliot Boisvert
Kamehameha: Kamahao Arita, Kalanikau Kamakawiwoole
Maryknoll: Marcus Tsuruda
Saint Louis: Loi Rivera, Coen Unciano, Kila Kamakawiwoole


  1. Justaking March 7, 2018 12:48 pm

    Interesting selection. I’m wondering what’s the criteria? I feel they missed or misplaced players.

  2. justasking March 7, 2018 1:09 pm

    Wouldn’t it make sense to have one selection for each position? IDK just throwing it out for discussion.

  3. My opionion March 7, 2018 2:44 pm

    How could Ron Durant be coach of the year 1 he should be DI 2. He never started from the bottom It should be Alvin Stephenson Damien was nothing and went all the way to the ship. Go figure.

  4. Loca1boiAnonymous March 7, 2018 3:30 pm

    @ My Opinion

    Absolutely agree with your reasoning why Damien’s coach deserved it.

  5. Mahatma Gandhi March 7, 2018 4:53 pm

    I never heard of those Div 3 schools.

  6. Buckets March 7, 2018 5:25 pm

    Wow!! Agree to disagree. If we’re voting on who did WORK in the ILH, I’m surprised the coaches left the PG from Maryknoll out of the first team, he did it all for that team, and was not even considered for player of the year. The kid put the team before himself. Like the dude from 94feet said, Spartans don’t win the ILH championship without his leadership.
    On a separate note I believe if you miss a game you should be out of the conversation, then why wasn’t the guard from kamehameha considered?
    My thoughts!

  7. Justasking March 7, 2018 7:39 pm

    @Buckets. I agree with u on this one. Watched a lot of ILH games the Perez boy brought more than just scoring to Maryknoll. Couldn’t understand that pick. No offense to the Ramos kid. He is a good player but his team didn’t win the ILH and MPI’s record was sub par. I could understand if he was putting up 20 a game and leading the ILH in scoring but that wasn’t the case. From what I saw Perez played unselfishly and made others better isn’t that what a point guard is supposed to do? Just my opinion. Which goes back to my other question. R they picking the best in the position or players in the ILh. It appears the first team is best in position? Second team best players? And honorable mention? IDK

  8. PublicSchool March 8, 2018 9:43 am

    You don’t necessarily need to “win” anything to be named to these teams. If indeed the coaches voted, then it is what it is. I think they know better than the fans since they have all seen these boys play MULTIPLE times. Don’t you think? So congrats to all the boys!

  9. buff_fan March 9, 2018 9:44 am

    Do I think more Punahou players should be in this list absolutely!!! But I am also a true fan of the game. Being a true fan of the game, I honestly thought the 2 guards from Marknoll, Perez and Gelacio, gave us the most problems. I though Perez was worthy of 1st team and even Gelacio. I feel that Jaylen and Marcus were 2nd team at best. Jaylen was better as a Junior last year than this year as a Senior. Marcus benefited from easy looks created by Perez and Gelacio. Let’s give credit where credit is due to Perez and Gelacio got snubbed from what they really deserved. Me personally as a Punahou fan respected what Perez and Gelacio brought the last 4 years, and especially this past season. Shame on the coaches who didn’t recognize what they did.

  10. Stats don't lie brah March 9, 2018 5:24 pm

    If this picks is base on ILH regular season ,how is that kid ISIAH G. from Maryknoll not on the 1st team not even on the 2nd team.I know coaches are bias and often pick there own player but stats don’t lie.He (Isiah)lead Maryknoll scoring which won the ILH .Also lead the league in 3 point made in a very conservative offense.If steals stats was available he probably in the top 10. Shot 75% in free throw.Compare his stats on those made the 1st and 2nd team kid got robbed.Humble and hardworking kid like him will play on the next level.STATS DONT LIE.

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