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VIDEO: Division I state champion Punahou

By Paul Honda on February 18, 2018

Coach Darren Matsuda and senior guards Zayne Chong and Cole Arceneaux chat after Punahou’s 64-37 title-game win over Kahuku in the final of the Snapple/HHSAA Boys Basketball State Championships on Friday night at Stan Sheriff Center. Chong was named tournament most outstanding player, and Arceneaux was selected to the all-tournament team.

VIDEO: Division II state champion St. Francis

By Paul Honda on February 18, 2018

Brothers Kameron Ng and Kordel Ng chat after St. Francis defeated Damien 76-52 in the final of the Snapple/HHSAA Boys Basketball Division II State Championships. Kameron Ng, a junior, was named the tournament’s most outstanding player. Kordel Ng was named to the All-Tournament team.

Punahou’s title win over Kahuku all about family

By Paul Honda on February 17, 2018

The years of frustration came to an end for Punahou. At the same time, the clock struck midnight for Big Red. Punahou’s 64-37 win was possibly the best performance for a group of seniors who had worked four years to reach the mountain peak. The final of the Snapple/HHSAA Boys Basketball State Championships drew 2,902 spectators who sounded more like 6,000 roaring fans at Stan Sheriff Center. The buzz in the arena lasted for just a few minutes. By the […]

Saints make it back to back D-II state titles

By Paul Honda on February 16, 2018

The St. Francis Saints have come a long way. With a 76-52 win over Damien on Friday night, the Saints won their second boys basketball Division II state title in a row. Coach Ron Durant stuck with the winning formula: a heavy dose of Kameron Ng and Kordel Ng off the dribble, occasional sprinkles of 3-point bombs from Bryce Nishida, plenty of steady ballhandling and floor leadership from Jett Tanuvasa, big post play from Boris Vukovic, and lots of energy […]

Boys basketball all-tournament teams

By Billy Hull on February 16, 2018

Here are the all-tournament teams in the Snapple/HHSAA Boys Basketball State Championships that ended Friday night. Division I Most outstanding player—Zayne Chong, Punahou Cole Arceneaux, Punahou Tolu Smith, Kahuku Nalu Kahapea, KS-Hawaii Duke Clemens, Punahou Hunter Hosoda, Punahou Division II Most outstanding player—Kameron Ng, St. Francis Kordel Ng, St. Francis Boris Vukovic, St. Francis Micah Visoria, Roosevelt Kolin Galdiano, Damien Lindon Sevilleja, Damien

The Rematch: Kahuku vs. Punahou for the title

By Paul Honda on February 16, 2018

At Punahou, state championships aren’t a given. They are, as always, the standard. The Buffanblu won their first boys basketball state title in 1970 under Bud Scott and have nine crowns in their trophy case. The most recent was in 2012 under current coach Darren Matsuda, and the Buffanblu have played in the last two state finals. Kahuku broke through last season with its first state title in the classification era. The Red Raiders won Class A titles in the […]

Monarchs seeking minor miracle against Saints

By Paul Honda on February 16, 2018

They know each other quite well. The Damien Monarchs have done good in their first trip to the state tournament since 2014. The small Catholic school on Houghtailing Street endured their share of adversity, but even after losing key players, Coach Alvin Stephenson’s young team qualified for the big dance. St. Francis has been in the limelight long enough, another small Catholic school with big-time dreams. The defending state champions in Division II boys basketball is having another epic season. […]

2 months later, Punahou and Kahuku will settle score

By Paul Honda on February 15, 2018

Nobody has forgotten that day in December when Punahou and Kahuku played to the very end. The game was tied at 48 on Dec. 20 when Cole Arceneaux made the winning shot, giving Punahou a first-day win over Kahuku in the St. Francis Holiday Hoops Classic. Photos after the game showed that the ball was still in Arceneaux’s shooting hand when the clock hit :00. Friday’s final in Snapple/HHSAA Boys Basketball State Championships might go down to the wire. Again. […]