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No pain, no gain: HBA’s globe-trekking, tail-spinning, state-title season

By Paul Honda on February 22, 2022

There was a point early in the second quarter of the Division II state championship game with Sacred Hearts when the Hawaii Baptist ohana held their collective breath. With 5:42 left before halftime, Joey Lin went down and stayed down. The arena went dead silent. “The injuries to us happened all season long,” HBA coach Robin Yamaguchi said. “So our thought was Alyssa Young has to step up again.” The Eagles were ready. After weeks of ups, downs, injuries and […]

A new peak: ‘Iolani three-peats in girls hoops

By Paul Honda on February 20, 2022

There was mostly joy this week for the ‘Iolani Raiders. And definitely some drama. There were some quiet, tense moments for fans when the Raiders struggled to pull away from a resilient Campbell squad in the semifinals. Konawaena would not relent in the Division I final of the Heide & Cook/HHSAA Girls Basketball State Championships on Saturday at Blaisdell Center. Coach Dean Young had moments of relief, anguish, even heartbreak and again, joy through the course of three days. The […]

Jovi Lefotu, Joey Lin lead girls hoops all-state tourney teams

By Paul Honda on February 20, 2022

‘Iolani and Konawaena dominated the all-tournament selections at the Heide & Cook/HHSAA Girls Basketball Division I State Championships. Raider senior Jovi Lefotu was voted most outstanding player. Against Maui, the versatile floor leader had 10 points on 5-for-9 shooting from the field, 15 rebounds, two assists and two steals. In a semifinal win over Campbell, Lefotu had 16 points (5-for-12 from the field), eight rebounds, two assists, two steals and a block. In the championship game against Konawaena, Lefotu had […]

‘Iolani, Konawaena and the art of adaptation

By Paul Honda on February 19, 2022

There was a point during the first half of the ‘Iolani-Campbell semifinal game when Dean Young was despondent. Head bowed, hands on his forehead while sitting on the bench. Processing. “I was thinking, can we stop putting them on the free-throw line? Over and over and over again. It was frustrating,” Young said after the Raiders’ 54-39 win. “It just kills the flow of the game to blow the whistle so many times.” It was a game-long grind against a […]

Hoopbook: Sacrifice, dedication and tears of joy for Lady Lunas

By Paul Honda on February 18, 2022

The game was over and the Lady Lunas of Lahainaluna were mingling with each other and family members who made the flight over to Oahu. Lahainaluna advanced to the semifinal round of the Heide & Cook/HHSAA Girls Basketball State Championships with a 49-36 win over Punahou. But some time during the post-game decompression stage, Chaland Pahukoa had a moment. The talented junior guard had just scored 12 points, including two huge 3-pointers in the third quarter to help the Lunas […]

Hoopbook: Business as usual for Konawaena Wildcats

By Paul Honda on February 18, 2022

Officially, the first basket of the Konawaena-Mililani state quarterfinal game was recorded at “8:00.” It was actually 7:56, according to longtime hoops fan Frank Mauz. The former Advertiser sportswriter has been at girls basketball state tournaments as a reporter or spectator since its inception by the HHSAA in 1977. Konawaena’s flash-quick guard, Kaliana Salazar-Harrell, hauled in the opening tip and within seconds, the Wildcats were up 2-0. If it stays officially 8:00 of the first quarter as the time of […]

Hoopbook: Sacred Hearts stuns top seed Damien, all D-II seeds fall

By Paul Honda on February 18, 2022

The Division I bracket of the Heide & Cook/HHSAA Girls Basketball State Championships followed the code. In D-II, all heck broke loose. Every seeded team went down. Top-seeded ILH champion Damien lost to rival Sacred Hearts, 62-53. Second-seeded Hawaii Prep fell to Hanalani, 51-50, on a basket by the Royals’ Rylee Matsuda with 4 seconds remaining. Third-seeded Kauai lost to Hawaii Baptist, 34-29. Fourth-seeded Kailua lost to MIL champion Seabury Hall, 49-36. That chaos sets up the semifinal round at […]

Hoopbook: Girls open Big Dance; Who’s hot, who’s not

By Paul Honda on February 15, 2022

It’s a strange, fascinating world of basketball when the boys playoffs in the OIA and ILH converge with the start of the girls state tournament. If you’re old enough to remember when the girls hoops season flourished in the spring, playing entire days (plural) of the state tourney in the Stan Sheriff Center, you probably miss being able to see high-level boys and girls basketball from November to May. Basketball returned, and some say it should never have left last […]