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Kalaheo hands Castle
50-40 defeat

Sam Wilhoite leads the Knights
with 22 points and 11 rebounds


Castle lost a game but gained a lobbyist in Kalaheo coach Chico Furtado last night after the Mustangs' workmanlike 50-40 victory over the Knights in a key Oahu Interscholastic Association East Division game.

"Castle has a bunch of good athletes and I thought they played harder than us tonight," Furtado said. "Their game plan was to come in and try and be physical, which they did. They have bigger bodies and, for most of that game, I thought they accomplished what they wanted to. We answered with some shots. It wasn't pretty, but we'll take it. They've won five games because they're a good team."

No. 3 Kalaheo improved to 6-1 to remain a game behind league leader Kahuku in the East. The teams meet on Feb. 3. Castle (5-2) hosts Kahuku on Tuesday night.

"I hope they go out and beat a couple of guys," Furtado said of the Knights.

Kalaheo was led by 6-foot-7 senior center Sam Wilhoite, who scored 22 points, pulled in 11 rebounds and blocked seven shots.

"We knew he was going to get his points," Castle coach Rocky Fraticelli said of Wilhoite. "We played behind him, doubled up on him, and we also had a couple of calls that could have gone either way. I had mentioned to the referee in the first half that he's famous for using his elbow to hook you. With a guy who is 6-foot-7, that is a big advantage. He wasn't called on that a single time tonight and that's difficult to defend. We were hoping to shut down everyone else, but that didn't happen."


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Kalaheo's Sam Wilhoite put up a shot over Castle's Victor Clore as Louis Mansanas Jr. stood by during last night's game.


Kalaheo also got eight points from William Elliott, seven from Neil Bowers and five apiece from Theo Fujita and Matt Nakashima.

The Knights were led by Bryce Kalauokaaea (12 points) and Louis Mansanas Jr. (seven points).

Offensively, Castle relied on its 3-point shooting to stay within arm's length for much of the night. The Knights hit four in the opening half and seven for the game.

"In the first half, we hit three 3s and they were by design," said Fraticelli. "But when you live by the outside shot, you die by it. We didn't get much inside, but that's difficult to do against a guy 6-7."

Fraticelli was disappointed that the Knights conceded baskets on Kalaheo's final possession of both the first and second quarters.

"Two shots -- one at the end of the first quarter and one at the end of the half," Fraticelli said. "That's what I was really dissatisfied with. Other than that I thought we played all right."

A baseline jumper by Bowers gave Kalaheo a 9-3 lead after the first quarter, while a layup by Elliott with one second left on the clock helped the Mustangs to their 23-15 lead at intermission.

After the break, it was all Wilhoite for a time. He scored eight straight points to help Kalaheo open up a 31-20 lead. Although he was to go scoreless in the final quarter (he exited with seven seconds left), the Mustangs broke the game open by displaying the kind of offensive balance that has eluded them at times this season.

Baskets inside by Bowers on back-to-back possessions, 3-pointers by Fujita and Nakashima, and a layup in transition from Elliott helped Kalaheo to a 12-4 run and their largest lead of the game (47-30) with 1:58 remaining.

"I think our pressure kicked in a little bit when we went to our man press," Furtado said. "And then we got some turnovers and hit a couple of shots. I'd still like to hit a few more shots from the perimeter and loosen things up some more. But we'll move on and get better."

At Kalaheo H.S. gym
Castle (5-2) 3 12 9 16 -- 40
Kalaheo (6-1) 9 14 12 15 -- 50

CASTLE-- Bryce Kalauokaaea 12, Louis Mansanas Jr. 7, Brian Pelangka 5, Jonathan Horner 3, Jordan Bruhn 3, Scott Argue 4, Blaze Soares 2, Antone Watanabe 2, Victor Clore 2.
KALAHEO-- Sam Wilhoite 22, William Elliott 8, Neil Bowers 7, Matt Nakashima 5, Theo Fujita 5, Daniel Phair 2, Joshua Perry 1.
3-point goals -- Castle 7 (Kalauokaaea 4, Horner, Mansanas Jr., Pelangka), Kalaheo 2 (Fujita, Nakashima).


No. 5 Mililani 64, Aiea 28
Nick Rogers and Ryan Shular each scored 11 points as No. 5 Mililani remained undefeated in the OIA by beating Na Ali'i.

11 players got into the scoring column for the Trojans as Mililani outscored Aiea 34-10 in the first half.

James Handley scored six points for Na Ali'i as they fell to 0-5 in OIA play.

At Mililani H.S. gym
Aiea (0-5) 5 5 7 11 -- 28
Mililani (7-0) 19 15 11 19 -- 64

AIEA--Kali Kuia 2, Ian Delacuesta 0, Mark Alejo 0, Ryan Johnson 0, Errol Rebold 2, Darryl Talaro 4, James Hadley 6, Adrian Labuda 0, Jonathan Burgos 5, Thomas Leary 2, Jherard Miller 5, Lenny Rimigio 0, Nicholas Helsham 2.
MILILANI--Blaine Kanno 0, Lorenzo Abernathy 2, Maka Kahoano 3, Puna Neumann 5, Scott Neumann 5, Stevie Vie 0, Aaron Kanno 6, Ryan Shular 11, Clarence Gray 4, Andrew Tokumi 1, Alex Patykula 8, Jonovan Santos 6, Nick Rogers 11.
3-point goals -- Aiea 2 (Burgos, Handley), Mililani 8 (Shular 3, Kanno 2, Rogers, P. Neumann, S. Neumann).


Roosevelt 62, Kalani 60
Danton Balbas scored 20 points and Keo Keola added 16 as the Rough Riders' tough defense forced the Falcons into a wild shot that missed at the buzzer and sealed the Roosevelt win.

Dustin Umeda scored a game-high 23 points and Jonah Letolo added three 3-pointers to keep the game close, but in the end, it was too much Rough Riders as Roosevelt moved into a tie with Kalani at 3-4 in the OIA East.

At Kalani H.S. gym
Roosevelt (3-4) 18 12 12 20 -- 62
Kalani (3-4) 17 7 20 16 -- 60

ROOSEVELT--Micah Dutro 2, Walker Reutter-Bowman 0, Kevin Fujii 2, Rudy Artyuo 0, Daniel Ki 2, Danton Balbas 20, James Castro 10, Westin Lee 6, Ricky Eusebio 4, Keo Keola 16.
KALANI--Carsen Chun 2, Dusten Umeda 23, Cody D'Amato 6, Kellen Kashiwa 3, Cory Konishi 4, Zachary Felipe 0, Daniel Morisato 0, Mark Bonner 5, Jason DeGuzman 8, Jonah Letoto 9, Joshua Omura 0.
3-point goals -- Roosevelt 0, Kalani 6 (Letolo 3, D'Amato 2, Umeda).
Junior varsity -- Roosevelt 60, Kalani 32


Leilehua 59, Kapolei 43
Angelo Massey scored a game-high 18 points and Edward Garcia added a pair of 3-pointers as the Mules outscored the Hurricanes 32-21 in the second half to end a three-game losing streak and upset the Hurricanes.

Warren Simanu scored 13 points to lead Kapolei, which dropped to a tie for third place in the OIA West with Pearl City at 5-2. Leilehua improved to 3-3.

At Kapolei H.S. gym
Leilehua (3-3) 16 11 18 14 -- 59
Kapolei (5-2) 12 10 12 9 -- 43

LEILEHUA--Angelo Massey 18, Edward Garcia 6, Kennedy Orteza 5, Anthony Palomares 8, Antonio Carter 12, Kekoa Kama 0, Anthony Hall 4, Angel Fontanez 6, Joshua Fetters 0, David Spare 0.
KAPOLEI--Ryan Dela Cruz 0, E.J. Aton 9, Aaron Lewis 0, Jimmy Stevens 0, Jefferson Gaygay 10, Rod Smith 0, Zac Vierra 0, Roland Mason 2, Brad Padayao 5, Hector Malazarte 0, Jerrome Figueroa 0, Warren Simanu 13, Mose Atuatasi 4.
3-point goals -- Leilehua 5 (Garcia 2, Orteza, Palomares, Massey), Kapolei 3 (Gaygay 2, Aton).
Junior varsity -- Leilehua 42, Kapolei 41


McKinley 58, Kaiser 47
Abel Werner scored 27 points and Shane Quisano added 25 as the Tigers outscored the Cougars 21-9 in the third quarter to help put the game away.

Chris Assily scored 11 points for the Cougars, who fell to 0-6 in the OIA East with the loss. McKinley improved to 5-2.

At McKinley H.S. gym
Kaiser (0-6) 9 13 9 16 -- 47
McKinley (5-2) 8 13 21 16 -- 58

KAISER--Shannon Wise 0, Steven Pratt 9, Chad Nishihira 0, Matt Ching 10, Andy Uehara 2, Jeff Peters 4, Chris Assily 11, Mitch Shimabukuro 0, Sheldon Herring 0, Colby Ho 2, Brett Hatten 9.
MCKINLEY--Mark Nakatsuka 2, Abel Werner 27, Shane Quisano 25, Brandon Barbasa 0, Iakopo Taumua 6, Robert Holder 14, Golden Lawrence 0, Josh Valdez 4, Bobby Shimabukuro 0, Chris Quiocho 0.
3-point goals -- Kaiser 4 (Pratt 2, Ching, Assily), McKinley 4 (Werner 2, Holder 2).
Junior varsity -- McKinley 39, Kaiser 37.

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