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Maryknoll’s Sage Tolentino continues to grow

By Paul Honda on July 18, 2019

Sage Tolentino always loved basketball. Thankfully, his mom and dad didn’t mind getting him new shoes and clothes practically every six months. “He grew about four or five inches every year in elementary school,” Becky Tolentino said. The one consolation, mom added, is that son Sage isn’t a big fan of long pants. Finding trousers with a 40-inch inseam, dad Grant Tolentino said, would be tough to find. Sage Tolentino is a humble kid, just 15, and stands at 6 […]

VIDEO: Damien hoopsters embrace high expectations

By Paul Honda on July 8, 2019

A year ago, coming off a loss in the Division II finals of the boys basketball state tournament, Damien made a decision. Coach Alvin Stephenson, aiming for the prize, had his school declare the Monarchs to remain in D-II. Then came the winter, and Damien stunned a number of Top 10 teams, including eventual D-I state champion Maryknoll. With most of the roster back for the upcoming season, the Monarchs are relishing the opportunity to challenge for the ILH and […]

Bay Area’s loss is Kahuku’s gain: 6-9 center Oscar Cheng

By Paul Honda on July 2, 2019

He is 6 feet, 9 inches tall. There are plenty of reasons why Oscar Cheng could have spent his senior year in a comfort zone. At Sacred Heart Cathedral, he was a valued part of a squad that upset top-seeded Archbishop Mitty in the CIF playoffs.  “We had an up-and-down league season, and we made a special run and came together as a team. We upset the No. 1 team in the region, and we went on to win the […]


Kordel Ng makes Kamehameha debut in ‘Iolani summer league

By Paul Honda on June 28, 2019

Maybe it’s a done deal. Maybe not. From all visible angles, however, former St. Francis standout hoopster Kordel Ng is now a Kamehameha Warrior. The 5-foot-10 guard led Kamehameha with 13 points and a handful of assists in a 53-16 win over Saint Louis on Friday night in the ‘Iolani summer league. Ng and his teammates shared playing time. One of Ng’s buckets came on a fullcourt pass from longtime friend and new teammate Christmas Togiai. “It’s permanent. I’m going […]

Former Ka‘u standout Ravel Kaupu builds hoops haven for keiki

By Paul Honda on June 24, 2019

PAHALA >> Counselor. Coach. Mentor. Ravel Kaupu was a relentless point guard with a fearless physicality in the paint back in the day. Now he has guided Ka‘u’s basketball present and future to unprecedented heights with the biggest feeder program in the district’s history. With school out of session on this June day, Kaupu’s Hokulele club had 100 players, boys and girls, fourth grade to junior varsity, practicing at the Ka‘u High School gym. The first age group began at […]

Mater Dei closes week at ‘Iolani summer league 3-5

By Paul Honda on June 16, 2019

With or without their top players, the Mater Dei Monarchs have made summer journeys to Hawaii an annual ritual. The 2019 trip has been, at times, quite a struggle. Splitting their varsity team in two, the Monarchs were 0-4 in the first two days of competition at the ‘Iolani Summer League and finished the week a combined 3-5. Mater Dei’s Varsity 1 squad lost to Team Shimamoto, a team of seniors and recent graduates, on a buzzer-beater by Cole Arceneaux. […]

Mater Dei coach ejected in Maryknoll’s summer league win

By Paul Honda on June 14, 2019

It was a rare kind of game, a showdown between a promising 6-foot-11 shooter and a veteran 6-9 gunner. It was also one of the strangest, this summer-time exhibition game between the defending state champion of Hawaii, Maryknoll, and CIF powerhouse Mater Dei. By the end of the night — tip-off time was 8:45 p.m. — legendary coach Gary McKnight of Mater Dei had absorbed two technical fouls, was thrown out of the gym emphatically, and Maryknoll rallied for a […]

VIDEO: Cole Arceneaux’s 3 with :04 beats Mater Dei

By Paul Honda on June 14, 2019

Mater Dei rallied with a 17-3 run to start the second half and led 42-31, but Team Shimamoto rallied for a 58-55 win on Wednesday night at the ‘Iolani Summer League. Cole Arceneaux‘s corner 3 with 4 seconds to play gave Team Shimamoto the three-point lead. In the early game, Team Kano/PROformance defeated Mater Dei II 62-39.