Pupule’s Top 10 ballot
1. FAR (22-4)
2. MS (22-3)
3. IOL (17-7)
4. PUN (21-4)
5. KS (18-9)
6. BAL (19-3)
7. HPA (15-3)
8. KLH (24-7)
9. KON (19-4)
10. STF (17-11)
First, a disclaimer.
My ballot is not scientific. I use head-to-head play as a primary criteria, but after Team A beats Team B which beats Team C, then Team C beats Team A… well, it becomes a bunch of guesses.
So, if you have a problem with my ballot, I understand. But please feel free to post your Top 10 so I can see where you may be coming from. Polls and ballots are whipped cream. Not much nutritional value, but fun to eat.
Now for my ballot. Farrington beat Maryknoll 90-83 (OT) at the ILH-OIA Challenge. Both teams had their full lineups. It was and still is the BEST game I’ve seen in preps this season. No surprise there. The top four teams are so good and even, picking one is like splitting hairs. So my ultimate criteria among these four is simple: At full strength, who has proven to be (slightly) better and best?
That would be Farrington. They aren’t perfect, as the close game with Moanalua last night showed (Moanalua played an awesome game, btw). But they do NOT implode. And that lack of poise from time to time is Maryknoll’s kryptonite, as it was in the loss to Farrington.
HPA moves up the list after a 53-52 win over Konawaena. At Konawaena. Impressive. And that’s the only time those two teams will meet since HPA is in D-II.
The 10 spot wasn’t easy. Unlike the girls’ game this season, the boys’ side has a lot of teams in this tier. Saint Louis continues to play good basketball, but they consistently lose close and eventually, you need wins. St. Francis struggled for awhile, but is now back to ruling ILH D-II. They have lot of quality wins — and losses — as do teams like … well, not a lot of teams do.
• Lahainaluna is a solid second in the MIL, still no signature win. Two losses to Maui, two L’s to Baldwin. One L to KS-Maui.
• Campbell has really improved since preseason. My ballot and the poll were done before Campbell’s impressive comeback win over Kalaheo in the OIA Red semifinals on Tuesday.
• Moanalua. Much like STL and LAH, a good team that hasn’t posted a lot of signature wins. Yet. They almost did it last night against Farrington.
• Mililani lost to Moanalua last week.
• Damien lost to STF last week.
• Kailua lost to Leilehua.
• Waiakea. Good team. I remember Lucas St. George being a factor as a sophomore when the Warriors played at Moanalua’s tourney.
Who else belongs here?