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Star-Advertiser Girls Basketball Fab 15: Bonus round

By Paul Honda on March 28, 2024

Here’s a look at the 2024 Star-Advertiser Girls Basketball All-State Fab 15 bonus round. Voting by a panel of coaches and media. 1. Lola Donez, Lahainaluna, G, 5-11, Sr. 27 ppg, HHSAA record 41 points vs. Waiakea Shooting is easy, but scoring is work. Donez’s relentless, persistent scoring attacks at all three levels is matched by a superb hoops IQ. More than one season of Donez would’ve changed the landscape for Lady Luna basketball, but sometimes, the journey provides the […]

Twain Wilson’s 26 points spark Team Red at Farias Senior Classic

By Paul Honda on March 8, 2024

Twain Wilson poured in 26 points as Team Blue overcame a late rally by Team Red for a 120-114 win in the Damien Farias Senior Classic on Saturday night at Saint Louis’ Clarence T.C. Ching Gymnasium. The Leilehua guard put on a display of marksmanship and athleticism with six 3-pointers and a couple of alley-oop dunks courtesy of Nanakuli guard Zion Donnell. “It was great playing against all the best players. Everybody got plenty of run, as well, so it […]

Damien Farias Senior Hoops Classic on Saturday

By Paul Honda on March 1, 2024

The Damian Farias Senior Classic will tip off on Saturday, 6 p.m. at Clarence T.C. Ching Gymnasium, Saint Louis School. A 3-point contest will precede the game at 4:30 p.m. Team Red, coached by Dan Hale and David O’Connor, features Punahou standout Ayndra Uperesa-Thomas and Kahuku center Kache Kaio. Three Saint Louis Crusaders are on the squad: guard Jiovanni Ramos, center Jordan Posiulai and guard Blaize Arakawa (Saint Louis I-AA). High-scoring Jeremiah White of Kaimuki and Punahou guard Dillon Kellner, […]

Saint Louis, Kohala prepared to defend state titles, but…

By Paul Honda on February 21, 2024

Quarterfinal and semifinal rounds always have that certain intrigue. Does Kalaheo continue its late-season run? Can Kahuku, the OIA’s fifth-place team, knock out OIA champion Leilehua? Does BIIF champion Kamehameha-Hawaii have the firepower to beat Punahou? Division II is equally unpredictable. With Trey Ambrozich out of the state tournament due to a back injury, can ILH champion University fulfill its potential? Kohala is the defending state champion, but will we see early-season Kohala or Kohala v2.0? Thursday, Feb. 22 HHSAA […]

Lola Donez, Olivia Malafu spark Team Red to Jamboree title

By Paul Honda on February 20, 2024

From near and far, many of Hawaii’s finest girls basketball players arrived at lower gym of ‘Iolani School on Monday morning. When the day was done at the Mufi Hannemann Jamboree, Lahainaluna senior Lola Donez was a 3-point champion and a key contributor for tournament team champion Team Red. The 3-point contest had a head-to-head format that whittled down a dozen or so shooters. In a one-minute time frame, the gunners went to each of five spots to score. After […]

Kailua, Mililani out on day one of big dance

By Paul Honda on February 20, 2024

And then there were eight. The Division bracket of the Heide & Cook/HHSAA Boys Basketball State Championships took intrigue up a notch on Monday. Kalaheo is living by the simple truth that iron sharpens iron, ousting Mililani on Monday. The Mustangs’ 51-48 win on the Trojans’ homecourt was another case of an OIA 6 knocking out an OIA 2. It happened last year when Mililani lost to Moanalua. Here’s the recent history of OIA 2 vs. OIA 6 in the […]

Saint Louis leads a wide open field at hoops state tourney

By Paul Honda on February 19, 2024

Here’s a look at Monday’s opening-round matchups in the Heide & Cook/HHSAA Boys Basketball State Championships bonus notes and a few thoughts on all things roundball. Monday, Feb. 19 HHSAA Opening round (OIA 3) Nanakuli (18-11) at (BIIF 2) Hilo (13-4), 4 p.m. This could be a rollicking good time for fans as the Golden Hawks bring their explosive, tenacious style of hoops to Waianuenue Ave. Zion Donnell, Blaze Kaululaau, Dragon Kekahuna fuel the Nanakuli attack, while post man Vainuupo […]

Hoopbook: Donez, Huihui, Samura and memorable moments at states

By Paul Honda on February 8, 2024

This Hoopbook is long overdue and it took a state-tournament record night by Lola Donez to trigger it. Donez was in sniper mode, but ordinary sniper, during a 41-point performance on Wednesday night. Green light, tough off the dribble with the mid-range J from anywhere, and especially strong going to her left — the mark of a true workaholic hoopster. Lahainaluna needed all of it in a 69-66 win over a talented Waiakea squad. As a combo guard in a […]