Upset win over Moanalua lands Kahuku in Boys Basketball Top 10

Kahuku coach Brandyn Akana has his Red Raiders in the Star-Advertiser Top 10 for the first time this season. Photo by Jamm Aquino/Star-Advertiser.

Maryknoll remains on the throne while Kahuku lands in the Star-Advertiser Boys Basketball Top 10 for the first time this season.

Maryknoll (18-1, 2-0) received all 10 first-place ballots for a second week in a row. The Spartans edged ‘Iolani and Mid-Pacific to open ILH regular-season play.

Kahuku got a boost with the return of Robbie Sauvao, a 6-foot-3 senior. Sauvao’s versatile skill set helped the Red Raiders surprise Moanalua, 63-60, on Thursday. Kahuku then defeated Farrington, 58-48, on the road Saturday. Kahuku (7-4, 2-1 OIA) shares the 10 spot with Moanalua in Monday’s balloting of coaches and media.

“It is always great to be recognized as a team. The players have been putting in the work and seeing the results,” Kahuku coach Brandyn Akana said. “Still a long ways to go and there is no easy night in the OIA season.”

Kalaheo (13-7, 3-0 OIA) switched places with Punahou (11-6, 1-0 ILH). The Mustangs are now No. 4 after posting wins over Kalani and Kailua last week. Punahou slipped to No. 5 after a narrow 72-69 win at Saint Louis.

Waiakea (five), Hilo (four), ‘Iolani (one), Kohala (one) and Mililani (one) also received at least one vote.

Honolulu Star-Advertiser Top 10

Updated: 10/23
1.Kahuku (10)100
5.Saint Louis53


  1. CanIBus January 7, 2020 2:50 pm

    I wouldn’t call Kahuku beating Moanlua an upset per se. The Menehune look to be a middle of the pack OIA team this year.

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