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Kameron Jake
1 Ng 11 Holtz
St. Francis Damien
Guard, 5-11, Senior Center, 6-4, Junior
Averaged 24 ppg and A double-double per-
scored at least 21 former with physical-
points in 12 of 15 ity and athleticism,
league games. His ILH helping Monarchs go
season high was 40. 9-2 vs. Top 10 foes.
STEVEN ERLER / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM

Everett Torres-Kahapea torched the OIA with 21 ppg. Marcus Tobin scored 17 points in state-title win.

Everett Jakob
2 Torres-Kahapea 12 Kimura
Kailua Punahou
Guard, 5-11, Senior Guard, 6-3, Senior
Averaged 19 ppg. Able Almost unstoppable
to create a shot from slasher at the rim, a
anywhere on the floor, jumping jack re-
from pull-up 3s to finger bounder and de-
rolls at the bucket. fender. 11 ppg overall.

JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM BRUCE ASATO / BASATO@STARADVERTISER.COM

Makoto Kamata was No. 2 on the all-defensive team. Ja’Shon Carter averaged 18.5 ppg in the state tourney.

3
Marcus
Tobin
TOP PLAYER NG ALWAYS 13 Kordel
Ng

MAD ABOUT BUCKETS


Maryknoll St. Francis
Forward, 6-7, Senior Guard, 5-10, Junior
No. 1 pick on the Averaged 18 ppg over-
all-defensive team. His all. Key ballhandler vs.
length and aggression fullcourt pressure, a
on both ends of the great rebounder and
floor were unmatched. shot blocker.
By Paul Honda HONORABLE MENTION final state-tournament berth
phonda@staradvertiser.com did St. Francis’ final light on
>> Bryce Forbes, Damien >> Hayden Bayudan, Damien

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>> Kalai Akaka, Maryknoll >> Leif Fautanu, University
the boys hoops season go
e was a tiny baller, >> Isaiah Sugiura, Moanalua >> Kiai Apele, Waiakea out.
hoisting a basketball >> DiAeris McRaven, Moanalua >> Isaiah Lee, Kalani For fans of St. Francis,
up at a 10-foot rim >> Reece Pascua, Lahainaluna >> Jydon Hall, Damien which will close its class-
that might as well >> Mitchell Williams, Campbell >> Payton Grant, Maryknoll room doors at the end of
>> Ty Shishido, Roosevelt >> Ryan Pardini, Kalaheo
have been Mount >> Colin Ramos, Mid-Pacific this academic year, this
>> William Soares, Waiakea
Tantalus. >> Micah Visoria, Roosevelt team was one of the many
Even as a 7-year-old, highlights.
Kameron Ng rarely missed a “Being able to play as the
shot. Not on the hardcourt “I sacrificed a lot from my “I was watching (game) tape last class, to take the school
Makoto
at Salt Lake Mauka District freshman year. We had our recently and Kameron made to the Division I level, that’s 14 Kaulana
4 Kamata
Park. Not as a savvy sharp-
shooter at St. Francis.
prom and I couldn’t go. We
had practice for the (King-
two shots over him.”
After returning from an
a nice legacy to leave on
your way out,” Durant said.
Makaula
Punahou
Maryknoll dom) team. I didn’t go to ankle injury, he started the Guard/forward,
Now a 5-foot-11 senior, Ng Where Ng, his brother, his
Guard, 6-3, Senior one prom in high school,” he Interscholastic League of 6-3, Senior
has the knack for splashing father (assistant coach Ke-
Elite as a point guard, NBA-range 3s, slashing for said. “I had to sacrifice a lot Honolulu regular season koa Ng) and the rest of the A long, athletic de-
shooter, penetrator, drive-and-dish passes to not because I was forced to. with patience, stepping up Saints land in the fall is col- fender who could
defender, shot blocker open teammates, and using I wanted to get better. Com- his attack in the second half lection of question marks. cover every position.
and rebounder. State his crafty skills in the paint ing from Hawaii, you don’t of games. He poured in 21 or Ng has interest from a mix of A good shot blocker
tournament MVP. to elude defenders to get have as many opportunities, more points in 12 of the colleges. One of them wants and rim protector.
high-percentage shots and so you have to put in that Saints’ 15 league contests. him to play at a prep school
free throws. much extra work to get His season high of 40 came in Pennsylvania.
It all added up to a spec- known out there.” against Mid-Pacific, and he Coach of the year honors
tacular senior season for Ng, The 500 daily shots, every also scored 27 and 24 points went to Kelly Grant, who
who was voted by coaches day, all through the spring, against eventual ILH and guided Maryknoll to its first
and media as player of the summer and fall, were just state champion Maryknoll. state championship since
year in the Star-Advertiser part of the regimen Ng em- Ng also poured in 29, 25 and 1984, when he was a senior
Boys Basketball All-State se- braced as a part of life. 22 points against title con- guard for the Spartans.
lections. Ng played in 31 of “It means a lot for (voters) tender ‘Iolani. Grant also coached the ’07
39 St. Francis games, averag- to notice how much work I Ng also scored 42 against Kaimuki Bulldogs to a state
ing more than 24 points per put in and to notice it on the Leilehua, 39 against Rex Put- crown.
contest despite playing court. It means a lot. I’m nam and 36 on Kaiser. Alvin Stephenson, who
most of it on an injured an- thankful for them,” he said. With a consistent array of led Damien to a D-II state ti-
Ja’Shon
5 Carter
kle. He made up for it with
guile, using his experience
Preparation was always
about the details. Before St.
nagging injuries to his team-
mates, Ng and younger
tle — the first state champi-
onship for the school in any
15
Frank
Felix
Kapolei Francis met nationally brother Kordel Ng — who ‘Iolani
and preparation to threaten sport — was second in the
Guard, 5-10, Senior ranked La Lumiere — and a was also voted to the Fab 15 Guard, 6-1, Senior
any defense from any spot COY voting. Dean Shima-
Averaged 17 ppg within 25 feet, give or take 6-9 center — Ng had specific — were part of an under- moto of ‘Iolani was voted 12 ppg in ILH, 12 ppg
overall. His leader- four of five more steps to- methodology. sized, but resilient squad of third after lifting the Raiders overall. Led the state
ship as a fourth-year ward the outer limits. “We held a stick up and he Saints who battled to the to the semifinal round of the with 74 3-pointers
starter was invalu- Chasing a dream means shot over it,” St. Francis end. Only in a playoff loss to state tourney in his 10th and and shot 77 percent
able to young team. everything for Ng. coach Ron Durant recalled. ‘Iolani for the ILH’s third and final season as head coach. at the FT line.

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6 Lee 7 Clemens 8 Togiai 9 McEnroe 10 Robinson C Grant
‘Iolani Punahou Kamehameha Farrington Moanalua Maryknoll
Guard, 6-1, Senior Center, 6-5, Senior Guard, 6-2, Junior Foward, 6-4, Senior Guard, 6-2, Sophomore Coach of the Year
Led state in FT shoot- Myriad moves, ambidex- A workhorse as a pri- Versatile point forward. 18 ppg overall. Big Guided the Spartans
ing at 86 percent. trous and one of the mary ballhandler, Great passer, solid shot preseason games vs. to the school’s first
Strong rebounder, de- state’s best low-post scorer, rebounder blocker, an unselfish ‘Iolani (29), Kame- state title since 1984,
fender, rim attacker scorers in recent years. and defender. Aver- teammate who stepped hameha (26). Scored when Grant was a se-
and clutch shooter. Averaged 11 ppg overall. aged 16 ppg overall. up when needed. 30 against Roosevelt. nior guard.