Regular readers of this site know that nobody has scored more points in a state boys basketball game than Punahou’s Ia Saipaia.
But Thomas Yoshida gives us so much more. Yoshida worked up a media guide for the HHSAA that is packed full of information, research that he says was 15 years in the making. He didn’t do it alone, of course, getting help from Stacy Kaneshiro, Frank Mauz and others.
The avalanche begins with Sam Johnson’s 43 points for Moanalua in a triple-overtime semifinal loss to Punahou in 1981 and grows from there.
Other facts found by flipping through the 173 pages:
>> Joshua Burnett’s 38 points for Maryknoll last year against Campbell was matched only by four other players.
>> The only players who have been perfect from the field with at least 10 attempts are Beau Albrechtson of Kaimuki and Les Kahalekai of Kamehameha.
>> Alika Smith holds the record for 3-pointers made with eight for Kalaheo in 1994.
>> Kalaheo’s D.C. Daniels made a record 18 free throws against Iolani in the 2001 final.
>> Teva Eldridge of Baldwin made all 13 of his free throws against Pearl City in 2013.
>> University holds the record for points scored with 105 against Hilo in 1984. Hilo (1996) is the only other team to score more than 93 points.
>> The best defensive performance was by Punahou in 1970, when it held Waimea to 20 points.
>> No team has been shut out in the first quarter, but 1969 Lanai, 1982 Waiakea and 2006 Waimea were each held to a single point.
>> 1982 University is the only team to be shut out for a quarter, being held scoreless in the fourth quarter by Kailua in 1982.
>> Kalaheo has the largest winning margin, beating Waimea by 57 points in 2006.
>> Kamehameha scored just 30 points but beat Kealakehe by two points in 2002.
>> Hilo has made the most appearances in the tournament with 41, going 53-61.
>> Kalaheo went 26 years in a row with an appearance in the tournament from 1976-2009.
>> Punahou has played 130 games, going 93-37.
>> Hilo attempted 62 free throws against Moanalua in 1987, hitting 41 of them.
>> Iolani won 16 straight tournament games from 2001-2007.
>> Punahou and Iolani are tied with 10 state titles each.
>> The top seed has come from the ILH every year since Kalaheo in 2001.
Here is the full media guide, which is constantly undergoing revisions. Don’t open it at work, you are going to be looking at it for a while.