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Injury to Kamehameha’s Christmas Togiai a ‘huge’ game-changer as Maryknoll takes back-to-back titles

By Paul Honda on February 21, 2020

The shape of the 2020 boys basketball state final changed on Thursday night. Maryknoll overpowered Kamehameha, 46-33, for the state championship on Friday, but the Warriors lost their glue guy on Thursday. When Christmas Togiai hit the deck with 2:20 left in a close battle with Kahuku, nothing would ever be the same for No. 1 Kamehameha. Scorer. Long-range shooter. Arguably the toughest penetrator in the state. Knowledge. Skill. Courage. But none of it could bring the talented court leader […]

Maryknoll’s Sage Tolentino, Kohala’s O’shen Cazimero earn top awards for HHSAA all-tournament teams

By Billy Hull on February 21, 2020

The all-tournament teams in Division I and Division II in the Snapple/HHSAA Boys Basketball State Championships were released tonight. Kohala won its first state crown with 51-48 win over Roosevelt while Maryknoll handed Kamehameha its first loss of the season in the D-I final, 46-33. The Warriors played without senior Christmas Togiai, who still made the all-tournament team. Togiai suffered a knee injury late in a semifinal win over Kahuku. Division I All-Tournament Team Most outstanding player—Sage Tolentino, Maryknoll. Jake […]

They are partying hard in Kohala after Cowboys win first Division II state basketball title

By Paul Honda on February 21, 2020

The run-and-gun Cowboys of Kohala have a history that goes back ages. That history never included a state championship. A new banner will be hoisted into the rafters soon on the heels of Kohala’s thrilling 51-48 win over Roosevelt in the Division II final of the Snapple/HHSAA Boys Basketball State Championships. The Cowboys, led by first-year head coach Kihei Kapeliela, certainly paid the price. “Oh man, this is overwhelming. Super excited for the boys. They totally deserve it,” said Kapeliela, […]


Rookies no more: Roosevelt in first state final

By Paul Honda on February 21, 2020

Somewhere during the smattering of losses to Baldwin, Waiakea, Kailua, Moanalua and Kahuku, Steve Hathaway and his staff got the binoculars out. For Roosevelt, the rewards would come much further down the road. The fourth-seeded Rough Riders knocked out No. 1 seed Hawaii Prep on Thursday night and will battle Kohala for the Division II state championship at Stan Sheriff Center. OIA D-II champion Roosevelt (12-7) doesn’t play with a chip on its shoulder, even as the lowest seeded of […]

O’shen Cazimero’s versatility sparks Kohala into first state final since 2007

By Paul Honda on February 21, 2020

It’s not just traveling on a budget. It’s about family time for the Kohala Cowboys. “We’re cooking breakfast right now,” coach Kihei Kapeliela said by phone at 9:30 a.m. “Our team mom and I are cooking French toast, bacon, eggs, rice and Portuguese sausage.” There’s no cooking quite like home cooking, or least in a hotel equipped with a kitchen. Kohala has come a long way to play in the Snapple/HHSAA Boys Basketball Division II state tourney. With a 45-27 […]

Top seed Kamehameha reaches final amid concern for Christmas Togiai’s injury

By Paul Honda on February 20, 2020

There was so much that was part of a wondrous night in Kamehameha’s 48-39 semifinal win over Kahuku. Kordel Ng’s one-handed alley-oop dunk, lobbed high by teammate and best friend Christmas Togiai. It came after the whistle and didn’t count, but wow. The wow factor was lit. The transition 3 by Paliku Kamaka, also delivered by Togiai, to cap a 12-0 run that gave the Warriors the lead for good. Alert plays across the floor, including center Bailey Lee’s timeout […]

Playing through injury, Liko Soares’ grit sparks Maryknoll to semifinal win

By Paul Honda on February 20, 2020

Liko Soares has his way of dealing with a partially torn meniscus. Maryknoll’s trainer will ask about his pain level, and Soares does what he does. The injury will require surgery after the season. For now, it’s a matter of pain management. Pain tolerance. “It’s sore. It’s a 12,” Soares said of the pain level. “I usually just lie and say 3. Afterwards is when it hurts. It hurts a lot.” Getting one torn before the state tournament, that could […]

BOYS BASKETBALL STATE SEMIFINALS: Will 4th time be charm for Damien against Maryknoll?

By Paul Honda on February 20, 2020

Day three of the big dance is here and there will be four more broken hearts. What we’ve learned through two rounds of the Division I state tourney is that Kamehameha, Maryknoll and Damien have proven their status among the top four in the Star-Advertiser Top 10. We have also learned that the funky formula that the HHSAA by-laws abide by can’t solve everything. After all, we had the No. 3 and No. 4 teams in the state, OIA champion […]