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Move up to Division I getting a little bumpy for No. 3 Damien

By Paul Honda on January 10, 2020

The transition to Division I isn’t that tough for Damien. The Monarchs won the D-II state title last year with a team that was ranked in the Top 5 from beginning to end. One of their wins was a in a preseason tilt with eventual D-I state champion Maryknoll. Right now, though, the road is bumpy. After three games in the state’s toughest D-I boys basketball league, the Monarchs are 1-2 and not happy at all. A 61-56 loss at […]

VIDEO: No. 2 Kamehameha edges No. 1 Maryknoll

By Paul Honda on January 9, 2020

Kamehameha boys basketball coach Larry Park chats after the Warriors edged Maryknoll 46-43 at Kekuhaupio Gymnasium on Tuesday. Kordel Ng scored 16 points and Christmas Togiai had 12 to lead the Warriors. Niko Robben and Sage Tolentino scored 16 each for the Spartans.

Kordel Ng leads No. 2 Kamehameha over No. 1 Maryknoll

By Paul Honda on January 7, 2020

Kordel Ng scored 16 points, including a free throw with 5.4 seconds left, as No. 2 Kamehameha edged No. 1 Maryknoll 46-43 on Tuesday night at Kekuhaupio Gymnasium. After Ng’s free throw, Maryknoll advanced the ball to halfcourt, using two time outs. With 2.5 seconds left, inbounds passer Justin Yap misfired as Sage Tolentino, their 7-footer, waited for the ball. Kamehameha dribbled out the final ticks on the clock. “I feel good. Right now, our finishing is a little suspect. […]


Upset win over Moanalua lands Kahuku in Boys Basketball Top 10

By Paul Honda on January 7, 2020

Maryknoll remains on the throne while Kahuku lands in the Star-Advertiser Boys Basketball Top 10 for the first time this season. Maryknoll (18-1, 2-0) received all 10 first-place ballots for a second week in a row. The Spartans edged ‘Iolani and Mid-Pacific to open ILH regular-season play. Kahuku got a boost with the return of Robbie Sauvao, a 6-foot-3 senior. Sauvao’s versatile skill set helped the Red Raiders surprise Moanalua, 63-60, on Thursday. Kahuku then defeated Farrington, 58-48, on the […]

No. 1 Maryknoll clutch at FT line in win over No. 6 MPI

By Paul Honda on January 4, 2020

When it matters most, the top-ranked Maryknoll Spartans demonstrate the most basic, perhaps most important skill of all. The Spartans make free throws. It was true when Tony Sellitto was their coach in the 1980s. It remains true today with former Sellitto protege Kelly Grant at the helm. Top-ranked Maryknoll made 13 of 16 free-throw attempts in the final quarter for a dramatic 42-36 win over sixth-ranked Mid-Pacific at the Owls’ gym on Saturday night. Again, as was the case […]

No. 1 Maryknoll boys pull out close win over scrappy ‘Iolani

By Paul Honda on January 4, 2020

Liko Soares scored 13 points and Niko Robben had 12 as No. 1 Maryknoll survived a big ‘Iolani comeback for a 40-31 win at T.C. Ching Gymnasium on Friday night. Defending state champion Maryknoll (17-1) is now 1-0 in ILH play. “We finished the game. We took care of the ball and got ourselves to the free-throw line and made some free throws,” Spartans coach Kelly Grant said. “We played some close games on the mainland which helped us dealing […]

Hoopbook: Return of Robbie Sauvao sparks Kahuku over No. 7 Moanalua

By Paul Honda on January 3, 2020

Big Red just got redder. Robbie Sauvao returned to Kahuku recently, transferring back from Western (Anaheim, Calif.). He suited up in time for the Red Raiders’ battle against No. 7 Moanalua and played a key role in Kahuku’s 63-60 win on Thursday night. Now 6 feet, 3 inches, Sauvao had nine points, five assists and four steals. He shot 4-for-7 from the field. “It’s just what we needed,” Kahuku coach Brandyn Akana said. “A big, experienced guard.” Sauvao left Kahuku […]