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University surgical in win over HBA for state berth

By Paul Honda on February 13, 2020

Replacing a 6-foot-3, 300-pound behemoth, now playing football at UNLV, sure isn’t easy. Instead of running the same blueprint, University did the logical without Leif Fautanu Jr. Coach Ryan Tong had his new-look Jr. ‘Bows spread the floor and mercilessly work defenses into submission. The game plan worked again on Thursday afternoon in a 47-40 win over Hawaii Baptist in the ILH’s second-place final. ULS secured the second and final ILH berth for the state tournament. Ostin Taylor (12 points), […]

Gritty defense spurs Moanalua to back-to-back OIA boys hoops titles

By Paul Honda on February 12, 2020

Most years, Kahuku can outmuscle competition in the OIA. Not so much on title night. No. 8 Moanalua answered with physical, smart defense and held on for a 56-48 win over No. 4 Kahuku to win its second league championship in a row. Geremy Robinson had a team-high 19 points, and center DiAeris McRaven was stout with 15 points, nine rebounds and four blocks. Since new coach Michael Johnson was hired, Na Menehune have played a tougher, more physical brand […]

Kamehameha’s run to an undefeated ILH season a true team effort

By Billy Hull on February 12, 2020

When Kordel Ng decided to transfer to Kamehameha from St. Francis, which closed its doors last year, it immediately gave the Warriors two of the best players in the state with him and Christmas Togiai. It couldn’t have been more evident in Wednesday’s ILH championship game at Kekuha’upio Gym against Maryknoll that the Warriors’ 13-0 run through a gauntlet of tough opponents was about much more than just its two superstars. With Ng and Togiai shooting a combined 4-for-20 from […]


Kamehameha, Moanalua are top seeds in D-I boys basketball state tournament

By Billy Hull on February 12, 2020

The Snapple/HHSAA Boys Basketball State Championships begin Wednesday with four first-round games in Division I. League champions won’t begin their tournament until Wednesday with No. 1 Kamehameha securing the No. 1 overall seed with a 38-29 win over Maryknoll on Wednesday night at Kekuha’upio Gym. No. 2 Moanalua won a second straight OIA championship to earn the No. 2 seed. KS-Hawaii is the No. 3 seed and Baldwin is fourth seed. The complete schedule for Division I is below. Division […]

Roosevelt’s two blocks in the final seconds results in an OIA Division II title

By Paul Honda on February 12, 2020

There are many moments when the Roosevelt Rough Riders, long and tough in the paint, explosive and effective on the arc, look like a savvy, seasoned teams. Then there are the little boo-boos and veteran coach Steve Hathaway reminds himself than most of his starters are sophomores and freshmen. One of his seniors, Kaulana Koki, had a stellar game in the paint with 10 points, five rebounds and three blocks as Roosevelt reclaimed the OIA D-II title with a 43-41 […]

Oscar Cheng’s hustle play with :01.8 left sends Kahuku to OIA title game

By Paul Honda on February 10, 2020

He is not extremely physical and he doesn’t have a mean streak. Oscar Cheng just hustles his tail off on every play, and that mentality paid off on Monday night. Cheng’s putback with 1.8 seconds left lifted No. 4 Kahuku over No. 7 Leilehua 59-58 in the semifinals of the OIA playoffs at McKinley Student Council Gymnasium. Leilehua led 58-57 with a hot shooter, Bernard Tobias, at the free-throw line for a 1-and-1. Tobias had splashed three 3-pointers during the […]

Geremy Robinson leads Moanalua back into OIA title game

By Paul Honda on February 10, 2020

This was an opportunity to thrive or dive for Moanalua. Na Menehune didn’t let it slip away, getting 11 first-quarter points from Geremy Robinson en route to a 59-51 win over No. 3 Kalaheo on Monday night in the semifinal round of the OIA playoffs at McKinley Student Council Gymnasium. Robinson was relentless, taking the ball to the rack again and again against Kalaheo’s man-to-man defense. He had 20 points by halftime, including a bucket before the buzzer. By the […]

All four teams in tonight’s OIA semifinals ranked in Star-Advertiser Top 10

By Paul Honda on February 10, 2020

For a fourth week in a row, the Kamehameha Warriors are on the throne of the Star-Advertiser Boys Basketball Top 10. They didn’t have to lift a finger to retain the No. 1 position last week. Kamehameha (25-5) had a bye as the ILH playoffs took the stage. The Warriors will play tonight’s Damien-Maryknoll winner on Wednesday for the league title and seeded state-tournament berth. Meanwhile, Hawaii Prep (14-2) landed in the poll at No. 10. Ka Makani routed Kohala […]