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Mandaquit selected to Team USA U16 squad

By Paul Honda on June 1, 2023

Dreams are already starting to come true for the kid from Hilo. Former ‘Iolani standout JJ Mandaquit was named to the U.S. national U16 team on Thursday following a week of training camp in Colorado Springs, Colo. USA Basketball made the announcement, culling the team from a group of 18 finalists. “I found out this morning. After I got my uniform for picture-taking, I took a picture of the back of it with my name on it and sent it […]

Hawaii makes offer to former ‘Iolani guard Aaron Claytor

By Paul Honda on June 1, 2023

When Aaron Claytor played in the Saint Louis summer league in 2022, it was the end of his time as a hoopster in his beloved islands. The Star-Advertiser All-State selection from ‘Iolani moved with his family to North California, where he enrolled at Salesian College Prep, located between Sacramento and San Francisco. Already building momentum thanks to his play in clubs across the West Coast, Claytor kept growing. He is now 6 feet, 3 inches, two inches taller than he […]

Saint Louis, ‘Iolani summer leagues tip off

By Paul Honda on June 1, 2023

Saint Louis’ summer league tips off Friday at Saint Louis. The Saint Louis league runs Fridays and Sundays. ‘Iolani’s summer league begins on Tuesday. Both leagues will use a shot clock. Radford’s summer leagues began on May 26. There are 10 boys teams, 11 girls teams and no shot clock. “We will have 100 games,” league coordinator David Lane said. Note: Adds changes to the Saint Louis league schedule as of Thursday, 9:40 p.m. Radford summer league (boys) Ewa (Campbell) […]

2023 All-State boys basketball: Coaches’ insights

By Paul Honda on March 16, 2023

The Fab 15 selection was tougher than usual. Brutally tougher. When the Star-Advertiser All-State Boys Basketball selections were released in Sunday’s print edition, the depth of talent was astounding. Coaches and media voted for their 15 on ballot, but that doesn’t mean there wasn’t a lot of agonizing before submittal. As was the case with the Girls Basketball Fab 15, there are hoopsters on the boys side who had superlative nonconference and/or regular-season performances, but were diminished on some ballots […]

Farias Senior Classic, Mufi Hannemann Jamboree this weekend

By Paul Honda on February 17, 2023

High school post-season exhibition basketball games are loaded up for this President’s Day weekend. On Saturday, the Damien Farias Senior Basketball Classic will tip off at 7 p.m. Seniors from across the state fill out the Team Red and Team Blue rosters. Admission is $5. Coached by Dan Hale (Saint Louis) and Brandon Dumlao (Moanalua), Team Red is loaded with scoring guards Mizah Carreira and Malik Johnson of Campbell, Zelston Militante (Leilehua), Skylar Miyasato (Moanalua) and Justin Yap (Maryknoll), and […]

Grit is golden for state-tournament semifinalists

By Paul Honda on February 9, 2023

In a season of vast parity and a plethora of very young teams, scar tissue is becoming the difference maker. Coming into the Division I and II brackets in the Heide & Cook/HHSAA Boys Basketball State Championships, only three teams that qualified had perfect records during their regular seasons. Those teams, Mililani and Kailua, are now out of the running. So is Seabury Hall, which was 10-0 in MIL D-II. Mililani went 10-0 in the OIA West, then reached the […]

Grit and growth: Moanalua’s upset win over Mililani

By Paul Honda on February 7, 2023

A couple of late-season losses did nothing to dampen Moanalua’s confidence. Na Menehune was the sixth-place team in the OIA playoffs, the final qualifier for the state tournament, and made their opportunity pay off with a stunning 60-56 win over Mililani on Monday night. First, here’s what in store for Wednesday. So many good games, so little time. Wednesday, Feb. 8 HHSAA Quarterfinals At Moanalua Moanalua (16-10) vs. Kamehameha-Hawaii (13-8), 5 p.m. Kailua (22-5) vs. Saint Louis (24-7), 7 p.m. […]

All that drama: the ILH’s basketball tiebreaker maze

By Paul Honda on January 25, 2023

The tiebreakers and playoff formats of the ILH and OIA are so different. They do serve their purposes, of course. In the OIA, where there is no automatic state berth for regular-season supremacy, it all comes down the the playoffs. For years now, the top two teams in the OIA West and East have earned first-round byes, homecourt advantage and the the edge in fresh legs, all because opening-round teams have only 24 hours to rest before the quarterfinal round. […]