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Go Bows: University Lab stuns 2-time D-I defending state champ Saint Louis

By Paul Honda on December 1, 2023

University Lab coach Ryan Tong has seen a lot of basketball in his years as a Junior Rainbow player, then assistant coach, then head coach. Like minds think alike, and when he succeeded former teammate Walt Quitan to oversee the boys basketball program, expectations were still high. Low-key high. Don’t mind the Jr. ‘Bows for getting just a wee bit excited after stunning No. 1 Saint Louis in overtime, 67-64, on Thursday night in the opening round of the Surfriders […]

Kamehameha, Maryknoll advance to I Mua semifinals

By Paul Honda on December 1, 2023

Over the weekend, family took the court when Kamehameha visited Maryknoll. Kamehameha coach Pua Straight led her Warriors to a hard-earned 44-33 win over Maryknoll coach Chico Furtado and his Spartans. Niece versus uncle. It was a way of life in the brutally competitive ILH Division I girls basketball universe — until this season. Maryknoll’s decision to move down to Division II meant D-I Kamehameha would possibly never play the Spartans. So the nonconference game was set up for last […]

‘Iolani, Konawaena, Campbell remain unbeaten at Pa‘ani

By Paul Honda on November 30, 2023

The beauty of a pre-scheduled tournament is that pairings bring together strangers from afar. It also leaves some congestion occasionally. The Pa‘ani Invitational at Punahou now has three teams at 2-0 after two days of play. ‘Iolani, the No. 1-ranked team in the Star-Advertiser Girls Basketball Top 10, takes on winless San Clemente (Calif.) on Friday. The other two unbeatens will clash. No. 3 Konawaena will battle No. 7 Campbell in a meeting of defending BIIF and OIA champions. The […]


Mililani escapes with 67-63 win over Lahainaluna at Alegre

By Paul Honda on November 30, 2023

Lahainaluna gave No. 3 Mililani a big scare before the Trojans prevailed, 67-63, at the James Alegre Invitational on Thursday. Meanwhile, No. 7 Leilehua won its second game in as many days, 61-50, over Moanalua. The Mules edged No. 4 Punahou on Wednesday, 61-59. James Alegre Invitational No. 3 Mililani 67, Lahainaluna 63 >> Lauvai Pine 20, LeCedric Brown 15, Tim Dorn 15. Lah: Teraimui Loft 20 (3 treys), Jaques Jurberg 15, Jayah Boyl 11. Radford 67, Honokaa 46 >> […]

Kailua’s Surfriders Holiday Classic draws No. 1 Saint Louis

By Paul Honda on November 30, 2023

Five of the state’s Top 10 boys basketball team are heading to Windward Oahu on Thursday. The Surfriders Holiday Classic opens championship-bracket format action with defending Division II state champion Kohala against No. 10 Campbell at 3:30 p.m. Kohala features brothers Landon and Layden Kauka, as well as a thrilling run-and-gun style of ball that has been a tradition for decades. Campbell was a finalist in the D-I state tourney last year. The Sabers are coming off a loss to […]

I Mua Invitational features Hamilton (Ariz.)

By Paul Honda on November 30, 2023

The Hamilton Wildcats (Chandler, Ariz.), ranked No. 7 in their home state, will battle Waiakea in the opening game of the I Mua Invitational on Thursday. The Waiakea Warriors, led by Jolie Mantz and Pua Herrington, are ranked No. 4 in the Star-Advertiser Girls Basketball Top 10. Tip-off is set for 3:30 p.m. Lahainaluna features Lola Donez, a 6-foot senior who committed to Cal. Donez grew up in Lahaina before moving to the mainland for more basketball opportunities. She transferred […]

No. 7 Leilehua edges No. 4 Punahou, 61-59

By Paul Honda on November 30, 2023

The 24th Annual James Alegre Invitational tipped off on Wednesday with three games, including a 61-59 win by seventh-ranked Leilehua over No. 4 Punahou. Twain Wilson led the Mules with 14 points. Center Ui Muti added 13 and Trystin Stevens splashed four treys for 12 points. Mid-Pacific 57, Roosevelt 38 >> MPI: Logan Mason 18, Riley Miura 17 (4 treys). Roos: Blaise Brumaghim 10. No. 7 Leilehua 61, No. 4 Punahou 59 >> Lei: Twain Wilson 14, Ui Muti 13, […]

No. 1 ‘Iolani edges San Juan Hills, No. 3 Konawaena routs San Clemente

By Paul Honda on November 30, 2023

There’s March Madness, and there’s holiday hoops heaven. This week’s prep basketball galaxy welcomed the Pa‘ani girls basketball tournament at Punahou on Wednesday with local teams posting wins over three California squads. At Radford, the annual James Alegre Invitational boys tourney tipped off with three games, including a nail-biter between OIA and ILH title contenders Leilehua and Punahou. At Hemmeter Fieldhouse, the Pa‘ani tourney again used ewa and main courts simultaneously to complete four games in just three hours. Fans […]

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