Thursday, January 20, 2005


Vidinha leads Pearl City
to upset of No. 10 Mililani

Ernie Vidinha scored seven of his 17 points in the fourth quarter as Pearl City outlasted Mililani 49-42 last night at McKinley Student Council Gymnasium.

Vidinha, a 6-foot-4 center, took command as the Chargers turned a tight game into a big win in the Oahu Interscholastic Association West. Pearl City improved to 4-1 in league play (10-9 overall).

Mililani, ranked No. 10 in the Star-Bulletin Top 10, slipped to 3-1 in the OIA West (9-3 overall).

Vidinha used his size and nimble feet to overwhelm the smaller Trojans. The senior had seven rebounds. Dee Briscoe, another 6-4 senior, had six rebounds as Pearl City swarmed the paint defensively. Brandon Jackson added 11 points, mostly from the perimeter.

Scott Neumann paced Mililani with 15 points. Ken Moses added 10. Nick Rogers led the Trojans under the glass with six rebounds.

Pearl City took its chances, mixing matchup zone and man defenses. Mililani made six treys, but shot just 30 percent from long range (6-for-20). Pearl City made two of its six 3-point attempts.

"We tried to slow 'em down," Pearl City coach Lionel Villarmia said. "We shot a little too quickly in the first half, but we got patient and swung the ball better."

The ball movement helped free Vidinha on the low post. Pearl City trailed 35-32 when Mililani went back to a 2-3 zone. Vidinha scored on a power move down low to spark an 8-0 run. By the time he scored again on a feed from Rollie Salvacion, Pearl City led 40-35 with 5:47 remaining in the game.

Jon Santos hit a 15-foot jumper and stole a pass for a layup to bring the Trojans within one point, but they got no closer the rest of the way.

Andrew Blue fed Vidinha for a layup, and the big man scored again on a nice spin move on the low post. Mililani got within 44-42 after Blaine Kanno sank a free throw with 1:48 left.

Moments later, Jackson was trapped in the corner and threw up a fadeaway 18-footer that hit all net. Mililani never recovered, going scoreless the rest of the way.

"The boys were nervous at the beginning. It's the first time Pearl City basketball has been on TV," Villarmia said of the OC-16 telecast. "But I think they were more relaxed than us coaches."

The Trojans were cold from the field in the first half. Mililani went deep into its bench, as usual, and led 20-18 on Scott Neumann's second trey with 3:40 remaining in the half.

Mililani switched from its man-to-man defense. Pearl City went on a 7-0 run against the Trojans' 2-3 zone. Jackson's 3-pointer from the right corner gave the Chargers a 25-20 lead with 55 seconds to go in the half.

Jackson scored seven points and Vidinha had six by halftime. Neumann led Mililani with eight first-half points.

Mililani 14 8 13 7 -- 42
Pearl City 12 13 9 15 -- 49

Mililani: Ken Moses 10, Maka Kahoano 0, Blaine Kanno 3, Scott Neumann 15, Luke Wright 0, Ryan Shular 2, Charles Ritchie 1, Brian Prentice 3, Jon Santos 4, Nick Rogers 4, Brandon Dela Cruz 0.

Pearl City: Rollie Salvacion 7, Brandon Jackson 11, Bryan Olarte 0, Ricky Salvacion 0, Andrew Blue 3, Travis Cruz 2, Troy Antoque 0, Dee Briscoe 1, Kawika Gordon 0, Antoin DeWalt 8, Ernie Vidinha 17.

3-point goals: Mililani 6 (Moses 2, Neumann 3, Prentice 1), Pearl City 2 (Blue, Jackson).

Junior varsity: Mililani 32, Pearl City 29

No. 6 Campbell 67, Waianae 55: Gut-check time arrived for Campbell, and the Sabers stepped up. Tristan Bailey scored 18 points and grabbed eight rebounds as Campbell rallied past the Seariders.

Bailey fouled out early in the third quarter with his team up 33-30. Waianae went on a 9-0 run, but the Sabers eventually regrouped. Tristan Sealy, a sophomore, led the way as Campbell went on a 13-2 run to take the lead for good. Sealy finished with 14 points and four steals.

Forward James Bannister added 10 points and seven boards for Campbell. The Sabers improved to 4-1 in OIA West play (12-3 overall).

Xiro Naovalath, the league's leading scorer, finished with 24 points and six steals. Siavalua Faliuga added 15 points and led Waianae's front line.

Waianae dropped to 1-4 in league play.

"We're improving game by game. I see a lot of good things happening," coach Kendall Maeda said. "We tend to have those spurts where teams make runs on us. Campbell's tough. They have good size and great athletes, well-coached."

Naovalath was on fire early, inducing two personal fouls by Campbell point guard Robert Morris. Naovalath scored all 12 of his team's points as the Seariders took a 12-8 lead late in the first quarter.

Waianae had the bonus in its favor from the start of the second quarter, but didn't take advantage for several minutes. That allowed Campbell to go on a 17-2 run. The Sabers put Bailey on the low post and he went to work, scoring five of his 12 first-half points as Campbell took a 25-14 lead with 4:30 to go in the second quarter.

Waianae persevered despite 11 first-half turnovers, hitting five free throws during a 14-3 run. Nate Kahala's follow shot tied it at 28 with 21 seconds left in the half. Campbell led at the break 29-28.

The Sabers went to Bailey on the low post with results. He scored four more points before committing an offensive foul for his fifth personal. He left with 5:42 remaining, finishing with 16 points. Campbell's wheels wobbled as Waianae opened a 39-33 lead.

Campbell settled down, however, and went on a 13-2 run. Reserve guard Ryan Hayes' 3-pointer from the right wing gave the Sabers the lead for good, 44-41, with 1:02 left in the third quarter.

Waianae chipped away in the fourth quarter, pulling within one point twice on offensive putbacks by Faliuga. However, Campbell had the bonus and made 14 of 22 free-throw attempts in the final 5:12 to pull away.

At McKinley H.S. gym

Waianae (1-4) 12 16 15 12 -- 55
Campbell (4-1) 11 18 17 21 -- 67

WAIANAE--Dewey Davis 0, Albert Galano 6, Xiro Naovalath 26, Junior Faliuga 15, Chad Puha 0, Charlton Taitin 2, Gary Kuakini 0, Nathaniel Kahala 4, Jordan Manuel 2.

CAMPBELL--Daniel Phillips 8, Ikaika Shelton 5, James Bannister 10, Tristan Bailey 18, Robert Morris 4, Ryan Hayes 8, Shaye Asoau 0, Tristan Sealy 14, Jamar Pacupac 0.

3-point goals -- Waianae 2 (Naovalath 2), Campbell 4 (Hayes 2, T.Sealy, Bailey).

No. 7 Radford 48, Waipahu 32: Justin Quinones scored 10 points as the Rams remained undefeated in the OIA West with a win over the Marauders.

A slow start hurt Waipahu, as it trailed 15-4 after the first quarter and 30-9 at halftime.

Ricky Noble scored eight points for Waipahu.

At Radford H.S. gym

Waipahu (1-4) 4 5 10 13 -- 32
Radford (4-0) 15 15 6 12 -- 48

WAIPAHU-- Austen Benito 6, Jomar Pedro 7, Christopher Carreon 0, Justin Dixon 0, Rowel Rivera 6, Geoffrey Tedious 2, Lester Orsino 0, Ricky Noble 8, Stan Abasial 3, Ed Mercado 0 , Matthew Namu 0, Malosi Saolotoga 0.

RADFORD-- Mike Sooto 8, Justin Quinones 10, Garett Canteen 0, Will Kerins 6, Juan Lewis 0, Mike Davis 5, Gary Satterwhite 8, Tedy Tyler 4, Joe Brundidge 0, Zach Brisley 2, Jeremy Hayes 2, James Herron 3.

3-point goals -- Waipahu 1 (Abasial), Radford 3 (Quinones, Kerins, Davis).

Junior varsity -- Radford 45, Waipahu 26

Aiea 34, Nanakuli 32: James Hadley scored nine points to lead Na Alii past the Golden Hawks in a matchup of winless teams.

Aiea shot 48 perecent (12-for-25) from the field but struggled from the free-throw line, making just four of 12 attempts.

Justin Luavasa had 15 points for Nanakuli, which missed all 14 of its attempts from 3-point range.

At Nanakuli H.S. gym

Aiea (1-4) 6 6 10 12 -- 34
Nanakuli (0-4) 9 7 7 9 -- 32

AIEA-- Josh Asuncion 0, James Hadley 9, Nicholas Helsham 8, Kali Kuia 8, Thomas Leary 0, Lofa Liilii 3, Jerry Miller 6, Shaun Primacio 0, Errol Rebbola 0, Renny Remigio 0, Darryl Talaro 0.

NANAKULI-- Kalai Kahelekai 0, Alex Distajo 3, Anson Amaral 2, David Balicao 7, Travis Hulama 0, Justin Luavasa 15, Newton Palakiko 0, Ben Asi 0, Leni Luvasa 2, Alika Enos 3.

3-point goals -- Aiea 2 (Hadley, Kuia), Nanakuli 0.

Junior varsity -- Nanakuli 37, Aiea 35


Junior varsity
Maryknoll 47, Punahou 45


Tuesday's results

Varsity boys
No. 8 Hilo 76, Pahoa 49
Honokaa 43, Kealakehe 39
Keaau 66, Ka'u 41
Kohala 89, Parker 15
Konawaena 56, Hawaii Prep 41
St. Joseph 49, Laupahoehoe 45
Waiakea 41, Kamehameha-Hawaii 39

Leading scorers--Hilo: Aukai Wong 19, Brady O'Rear 14. Pah: Reece Ebanez 13. Hon: Branson Branco 13. Kea: Kekai Cazimero 10, Jude Domizio 10. Ka'u: Clarence Alcoran 21. Koh: Kepono Marquez 24, Joey Giltner 14. Kona: T.J. Akina 20. HPA: Xavier Keelan 10, Ehitu Keeling 10. StJ: Paul Wright 17. Lau: Pedro Cacho 21. Waik: Kyle Santos 11. KSBI: Kalani Aldrich 21.


Tuesday's results

Varsity boys
Kamehameha-Maui 55, Seabury Hall 28
Lahainaluna 33, Kaahumanu Hou 31

Leading scorers--KSM: Chris Dela Cruz 12. Sea: Andrew Pacecho 9. Lah: Stanley Malamala 11. KH: Tyler Al-Elaiwi 13.

Junio varsity boys
Kamehameha-Maui 34, Seabury Hall 30.

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