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Coaches Tribune: D-I hoops state tourney insights

By Paul Honda on February 23, 2022

Coaches share their thoughts on this week’s boys basketball state tournament. The Heide & Cook/HHSAA Boys Basketball State Championships began on Monday with opening-round play-in games. The quarterfinal round in Divisions I and II are on Thursday. The questions presented to coaches: >> What is your analysis of ‘Iolani in terms of strengths, pace, coaching and style? >> How does your team contrast and compare in this matchup? What will be key for your success? >> How is your team’s […]

More of the same by Kahuku, Maryknoll, Kailua, ‘Iolani in boys hoops opening round

By Paul Honda on February 23, 2022

Perhaps the most intriguing aspect of Monday’s opening-round games isn’t that the favorites won. Maybe it is just that every favorite won by its own choice of methodology. Kahuku pounded the rock inside. Maryknoll won with a deliberate pace. Kailua let Jonny Philbrick eat. ‘Iolani went to the race track. All in all, the first boys state championships in two years went according to the book. The Heide & Cook/HHSAA State Championships resumes on Thursday with quarterfinal matchups at Moanalua […]

Saint Louis boys an undisputed No. 1 entering big dance

By Paul Honda on February 22, 2022

Saint Louis collected all 10 first-place votes to remain an undisputed No. 1 in the Star-Advertiser Boys Basketball Top 10 on Monday. The Crusaders (17-2 overall) enter the Heide & Cook/HHSAA State Championships this week as the top seed. Mililani won the OIA title last week and zoomed three notches higher to No. 3. The Trojans are 14-1 overall, with the only blemish a 63-61 overtime loss to Saint Louis in preseason. The top seed in the D-II state championships, […]


Hoopbook: Mililani changes speeds en route to OIA title run

By Paul Honda on February 17, 2022

The men of Troy prefer to run. Run and gun. 80-point games would be a regular theme for Mililani if a shot clock were mandatory. Instead, the Trojans do what many elite teams do with a lead and the ball in the final minutes of a high school game in Hawaii. They made people chase. The MIlilani Trojans are OIA Division I boys basketball champions after a 43-26 win over Kailua not because they can play the four-corners game better […]

EJ Kapihe’s buzzer-beater answers Kamehameha’s prayer

By Paul Honda on February 17, 2022

One night can change everything. The Kamehameha Warriors know this. So do the Punahou Buffanblu. Punahou was one second away from advancing to the third-place final of the ILH playoffs on Wednesday night. All the home team had to do was defend what would likely be a miracle shot attempt by the visiting Warriors. With 1.5 seconds on the clock and the ball on the other end of the court, Kala‘i Smith inbounded the ball to EJ Kapihe roughly 50 […]

Hoopbook: Club teammates Lieb, Westmoreland-Vendiola in battle of Stars

By Paul Honda on February 16, 2022

Trey Lieb and Amari Westmoreland-Vendiola were teammates last year. When Westmoreland-Vendiola was invited to play with the Las Vegas Stars in a California tournament, he and his travel partner made a recommendation. Pualani Vendiola, his grandmother, suggested that the Stars bring in Lieb, the Mililani sharpshooter. The Stars enjoyed their success on that trip. Lieb and Westmoreland-Vendiola first became teammates while playing for Alika Smith’s Hawaii Select squad last summer. On Tuesday night in the OIA Division I semifinals, they […]

Hoopbook: Roosevelt stuns Leilehua for state berth

By Paul Honda on February 15, 2022

It was the best of all worlds. It was the worst of all worlds. With the OIA and ILH boys basketball playoffs smushed up into a compact time frame because of the state-tournament date change, it can be a smorgasbord of hoops for fans. But something has to give, of course. When the OIA playoffs tipped off on Saturday, it was a mere two days after the regular season ended. Just like that, the season was done for a gritty […]

Kailua leaps to No. 4 in Boys Basketball Top 10

By Paul Honda on February 15, 2022

Kailua zoomed four notches higher to No. 4 in Monday’s Star-Advertiser Boys Basketball Top 10. The Surfriders (12-1 overall) closed regular-season play with wins over Roosevelt and previously-unbeaten Kahuku last week. Kailua (12-1 overall) also collected one first-place vote from a panel of coaches and media. Saint Louis (16-2) remains the No. 1 squad after collecting nine of 11 first-place ballots. The Crusaders, sparked by Aiva Arquette and Hayden Bayudan, finished first in the ILH regular-season standings. Saint Louis and […]