FL MORRIS / FMORRIS@STARBULLETIN.COM
Maryknoll's Jordan Ho-Ching put up a shot in the first half of last night's game against Fairfax (Los Angeles).
Fairfax breezes by Tsukazaki and Co.
Fairfax, ranked third in the nation, blew out Maryknoll 76-38 as basketball fans packed the Iolani School gym on the second day of Division I basketball in the Iolani Classic.
The Spartans' Tyler Tsukazaki struggled from the floor, shooting 4-for-13, but finished with a game-high 18 points. Tsukazaki made all 10 of his free-throw attempts and wowed the crowd with his fancy dribbling and difficult shots.
The Spartans' Jordan Ho-Ching chipped in 12 points.
Fairfax's Matthew Shaw tied Tsukazaki for game-high honors with 18 points and he personally outrebounded the entire Maryknoll team, 13-11. The Lions' Chace Stanback added 15 points, and Ja'Shon Hampton and Gilroy Hemsley finished with 13 apiece.
Midway through the second quarter, Tsukazaki sparked a 10-0 run to pull the Spartans within six. The Lions answered with a 12-0 run to close the half with a 32-18 lead.
Fairfax carried the momentum into the third quarter, outscoring Maryknoll 25-3 to put the game out of reach.
"It was tough playing out there, but I'm happy we played hard to the end and never gave up," Tsukazaki said. "It was an honor playing one of the top-ranked teams in the nation and it was all I could ask for."
"Both teams played hard out there and gave the fans what they came for," said Fairfax coach Harvey Kitani, whose team is a frequent visitor to the Iolani Classic from Los Angeles.
The Lions' Jerren Shipp, one of the nation's top players, did not play due to an ankle injury suffered in practice a couple of weeks ago. Kitani said he expects Shipp to play in the next tournament game.
In last night's final game, Montrose (Rockville, Md. ) defeated Kahuku 88-45 behind Kevin Durant's 21 points.
Adrian Bowie added 17 points and Terrell Vinson scored 14 for the Mustangs.
Okesene Ale led the Red Raiders with 13 points and Devin Unga added nine.
In the consolation bracket, Nanakuli edged Damien 53-45. Kalai Kahalekai and Anson Amaral led the Hawks with 13 and 11 points, respectively. Matt Gochenouer scored 12 points for the Monarchs.
In the second local matchup of the day, Punahou's Miah Ostrowski scored a game-high 23 points en route to the Buffanblu's 77-43 victory over Leilehua.
Spencer McLachlin and Kimo Makaula scored 13 points apiece, and Danny Cho added 10. Three Leilehua players scored in double digits: Clayton Laurel 13, Art Laurel 11 and Mike Tyron 10.
Earlier in the day, Iolani's Kawika Shoji scored 16 points as the Raiders beat Kohala 71-33. Liloa Nobriga added 13 points, and the Cowboys' Ikaika Kahoopii scored 12.
Arizona's Mountain View had four players in double digits as the Toros beat the Kalaheo Mustangs 77-48. The Toros' Kendall Wallace drained five 3-pointers en route to a game-high 21 points. Ryan Seymour, Justin Weslowski and Stephen Rogers scored 14, 11 and 10 points, respectively.
Kalaheo's Kahua Hollinger led the Mustangs with nine points.