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Ryder Hsiung catches fire from 3 to spark No. 3 Punahou over No. 7 Saint Louis

By Paul Honda on January 20, 2020

The Punahou Buffanblu are heating up while the Saint Louis Crusaders are wondering what just happened. Ryder Hsiung had the hottest quarter of the season, swishing five consecutive 3-point shots in the second quarter, to finish with 24 points in Punahou’s 59-49 win over Saint Louis. Third-ranked Punahou improved to 4-2 in ILH play (14-8 overall). Saint Louis had a chance to even its league mark, but dropped to 2-4 (3-8 overall). If not for Hsiung’s torrid shooting — he […]

Kahuku soars to No. 4, Saint Louis at No. 7 in Boys Basketball Top 10

By Paul Honda on January 20, 2020

While the ILH sorts itself out through its gigantic pendulum and gauntlet, Kahuku is soaring high in the OIA East. The Red Raiders made a massive jump in today’s Star-Advertiser Boys Basketball Top 10, moving from No. 10 to No. 4 after upsetting then-No. 3 Kalaheo last week. Since the return of Robbie Sauvao from California, Kahuku has won six in a row, including the 63-53 overtime win against the Mustangs. “We’re proud of the boys. They continue to work […]

Liko Soares’ 15 points spark No. 2 Maryknoll over Saint Louis

By Paul Honda on January 18, 2020

Watching the Maryknoll Spartans is a lesson in checkbox execution. Again, No. 2 Maryknoll checked enough of those prime-time, clutch-play boxes to wiggle out a 39-35 win over Saint Louis on Saturday afternoon at Clarence T.C. Ching Gymnasium. Liko Soares continued his stellar scoring with 15 points, including 5-for-6 at the free-throw line, to spark the Spartans. Maryknoll improved to 6-1 in ILH play (22-2 overall) with another methodical, walking-on-eggs battle for either team. Spartans coach Kelly Grant wasn’t impressed. […]


Defensive stops preserve No. 2 Maryknoll’s win at No. 5 Damien

By Paul Honda on January 16, 2020

In a game of giants, Reggie Eiland knew his place: right in the thick of traffic. The 5-foot-10 senior came up with a key defensive play down the stretch as No. 2 Maryknoll closed the game with a 7-3 run for a 44-40 win over No. 5 Damien on Thursday night at Bishop Scanlan Gymnasium. The game was 40-39, in favor of the visiting Spartans, when Damien’s 6-5 Tino Atonio went to the low post to work on a potential […]

Hoopbook: Kamehameha, Maryknoll in an elite class — for now

By Paul Honda on January 16, 2020

The week is far from over, but WOW, things in prep hoops have been wild and wooly again. Namely, Kahuku and Saint Louis. There are a few teams that are playing their best basketball right now, and Kahuku — unranked for much of the season — is suddenly a state-championship contender. See and learn, fellow hoopaholics. The Red Raiders have knocked off then-No. 9 Moanalua, and on Wednesday night, they went to Pete Smith Court and stunned No. 3 Kalaheo […]

Fully loaded Kahuku squad looks like team to beat in OIA

By Paul Honda on January 15, 2020

There are teams that are playing their tails off across the state, but the change in efficiency — and success — is most prevalent for Big Red. Kahuku continued its sterling ascent on Wednesday night with a come-from-behind 63-53 overtime win over No. 3 Kalaheo at the Mustangs’ gym. Kahuku’s win leaves each team at 5-1 in the OIA East. >> CLICK HERE FOR A PHOTO GALLERY FROM THE GAME It was a balanced attack and a stingy defense, a […]

Kamehameha ascends to No. 1 in Boys Basketball Top 10

By Paul Honda on January 13, 2020

A lot can happen in one year, especially for the Kamehameha Warriors. The Warriors collected all 10 first-place votes today as a unanimous No. 1 choice by coaches and media in the Star-Advertiser Boys Basketball Top 10. “Our players deserve all the credit,” Kamehameha coach Larry Park said. “They support each other so well, but the ILH is so tough. We got Punahou tomorrow, then Saint Louis and Mid-Pacific, then ‘Iolani on Monday. All very well-coached and each poses a […]

Methodical, top-ranked Maryknoll boys hand Punahou first ILH loss

By Paul Honda on January 11, 2020

This is precisely why the Maryknoll Spartans are in no rush. Three games in a five-day span, all against Top 10 competition. A relatively young and thin bench. A sophomore center/forward/shooting guard. Coach Kelly Grant’s Spartans are content to walk the ball up the court, execute their offensive sets and, most importantly, get high-percentage shots in crunch time. That was the case on Saturday night in a key 44-32 win over No. 5 Punahou. The Buffanblu had cut a 14-point […]