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Coperning, Camacho lift Tigers over Jr. Bows

By Paul Honda on November 24, 2017

Down their most experienced player, the McKinley Tigers left nothing to chance. Caleb Coperning tied the game at 61 with a tough drive, and sophomore Frank Camacho‘s pull-up J in the lane gave the Tigers the lead for good with less than a minute left in a 63-61 win over University on Friday night in the Hawaii Self Storage McKinley Black and Gold Classic. With senior guard Kyle Moraga sidelined on Friday nights for personal reasons, the Tigers had to […]

Patient Hurricanes in evaluation mode

By Paul Honda on November 24, 2017

Gary Ellison has looked forward to this day for some time. Now, Ellison and his staff have some real data to work with. In their first nonconference game of the boys basketball season, the Kapolei Hurricanes got plenty of work done, right through the entire roster. Zoar Nedd scored 11 points in a 58-33 victory over OIA Division II contender Kalani on Saturday afternoon at the Hawaii Self Storage McKinley Black and Gold Classic. “The hustle was there, but we’ve […]

Mitchell’s 19 points spark HBA over Kaimuki 58-49

By Paul Honda on November 24, 2017

Micah Mitchell scored 19 points as Hawaii Baptist held on for a 58-49 win over Kaimuki in the opening game of the Hawaii Self Storage McKinley Black and Gold Classic on Friday afternoon. The Eagles shot 8-for-24 from 3-point range, but overcame an inconsistent stroke from deep by attacking Kaimuki’s man defense. Cole Galicinao added 15 points and Adam Kikuta tallied 14 for the Eagles (2-0). Kaimuki also stayed in the game by aggressively driving on HBA’s man defense. The […]

Reserve power fuels Maryknoll win over Mililani

By Paul Honda on November 24, 2017

For decades, both as a player and a coach, Kelly Grant valued the perimeter shot. Whether it was emphasized by his high school and college coach, Tony Sellitto, or by himself later as a coach, Grant’s teams at Kaimuki, then at Maryknoll, have often been very good from the 3-point arc. On Saturday, the Spartans pounded the ball into the post, looking very little like last year’s perimeter-oriented team. Then came backup guard Makoto Kamata, who sank two treys during […]

VIDEO: St. Francis highlights vs. Kaimuki

By Paul Honda on November 23, 2017

St. Francis highlights vs. Kaimuki at the Pete Smith Classic, Kalaheo High School, Monday, Nov. 20, 2017. Score: Saints 76, Bulldogs 42. Kameron Ng led the Saints with 20 points.

VIDEO: Kalaheo highlights vs. Waianae

By Paul Honda on November 23, 2017

Kalaheo highlights vs. Waianae, Pete Smith Classic, Nov. 20, 2017 at Kalaheo High School. The Mustangs won 65-27 and improved to 2-0 in nonconference play. Ryan Pardini scored 13 points and Andrew Kearney added 12 for Kalaheo.

VIDEO: McKinley highlights vs. Nanakuli

By Paul Honda on November 22, 2017

Highlights of McKinley’s 52-43 win over Nanakuli at the Pete Smith Classic, Kalaheo High School gym. Monday, Nov. 20, 2017.

Kahuku welcomes major hoops talent in Smith

By Nick Abramo on November 21, 2017

The Kahuku basketball team will be defending its Division I state championship this year, and the arrival of Galen Tolu Smith, a transfer from Mississippi, might make it just a bit easier. The 6-foot-10 senior center/forward who enrolled at the school in the fall recently signed a letter of intent to play for Western Kentucky. The person who knows him best, his father Galen Smith, concisely gave us his take on what Hawaii basketball fans can expect to see on […]