HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Maryknoll Spartans have ended the 35 year drought of basketball state titles at the program.
After falling short last season the Spartans would not be denied in 2019 dominating last year’s Division I state champions Punahou. Maryknoll put out on a show in a 50-34 win in front of an electric Spartan crowd that filled the Stan Sheriff Center.
The Spartans led by double digits for most of the evening with good ball pressure defense and an offensive explosion by Marcus Tobin who led Maryknoll with 17 points and five rebounds. Makoto Kamata also added 16 points to go along with two assists.
The defending state champion Buff and Blue had just 11 points heading into halftime and trailed by 10 to start the third quarter. The lead would increase later in the second half, to 18 at one point, a deficit to big to overcome.
Punahou was led by Jakob Kimura who had 10 points and was the only Buff and Blue player in double figures. Duke Clemens added 9 points with six rebounds.
Maryknoll finishes the 2019 campaign with a record of 30 wins and just two losses.