HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL
DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARBULLETIN.COM
Campbell's Tristan Sealy split Salesian's defense for 13 points but the Sabers lost 72-39 at the Punahou Holiday Classic.
Salesian routs Campbell
The city of Richmond, Calif., has a proud history of industries, from dynamite and gunpowder to whaling and wine.
Richmond can also count basketball as another substantial export. Kendell McCree scored 14 of his game-high 16 points in the first half as Salesian, a small Catholic school from Richmond, rolled over Campbell 72-39 yesterday in the opening round of the Punahou Holiday Classic at Hemmeter Fieldhouse.
McCree, a burly, quick 6-foot-4 senior, scored on a mix of drives and short-range shots, hitting his first four field-goal attempts, including a 3-pointer. He finished 6-for-10 from the floor, hit all three of his attempts from the line and dished out three assists to lead the Chiefs.
"I play more inside now than I did last year because I'm one of the bigger guys now," said McCree, who dropped 15 pounds in offseason conditioning with a professional trainer. "I want to win.
"Hawaii is a place to have fun, but if you come to play basketball, you gotta do your job. I'm willing to do what I have to do."
Point guard Drew Gipson finished with just six points, making all three of his shots, and doled out five assists. As a team, the Chiefs shot 54 percent from the field (30-for-56) and limited Campbell to 36 percent (13-of-36).
"That wasn't the real Campbell team out there," Sabers coach Bobby Samson said of his squad which hosted a tournament last weekend. "It's like we were on vacation.
"We weren't fulfilling our assignments, getting ball pressure off the backside. We missed some layups that would've changed the game. But give Salesian credit. They did what they're supposed to do.
"I'd love to play them again."
Salesian coach Bill Mellis emptied his bench midway through the third quarter with his team ahead 49-19.
"We got some goals accomplished and getting to rest guys is big in a four-day," Mellis said, noting that seven of his players were late turnouts due to a long football season that included winning the sectional title. "And we worked on our man offense. We're coming along in that area."
Mellis credited Gipson for setting the right tone.
"He controlled the tempo, and when he plays well, we do great," he said.
The Chiefs are used to a shot clock, something that doesn't exist in Hawaii prep basketball.
"That didn't affect us in this game, but it might later," Mellis said.
Instead of relying on the shot clock, Salesian applied plenty of on-ball pressure with a combination of man and halfcourt zone traps.
"We're a small team this year, so we need to work on our presses," Mellis said.
His "small" team has 11 players 6-foot or taller, which is tall by island standards.
Ryan Hayes led Campbell with 16 points, but committed seven of his team's 28 turnovers. Tristan Sealy added 13 points, but had only two in the first half.
Salesian raced to an 18-2 lead as McCree exploded to the rack with several drives. He had 12 points after just one quarter.
Campbell pulled to within 22-13 midway through the second quarter after a baseline jumper by Michael McDonald. However, Salesian went on a 13-0 run to open a comfortable lead. The Chiefs led 35-15 at intermission.
Punahou 84, Kamehameha-Hawaii 33
Danny Cho drilled three of his team's 10 3-pointers and finished with 15 points as the host Buffanblu routed the Warriors.
Miah Ostrowski also hit three 3-pointers and scored 13 points. Freshman guard Dalton Hilliard scored 10 points off the bench, including a pair treys.
Kealoha Kramer led the Big Island team with seven points.
Radford 46, Maryknoll 32
Mike Goodman scored 14 points as the hustling Rams stunned the Spartans.
Gary Satterwhite added 10 points for Radford, which showed a marked improvement in free-throw shooting. After shooting 20-for-61 in a game against Moanalua three weeks ago, Radford shot 15-for-27 yesterday.
Tyler Tsukazaki paced Maryknoll with 14 points. As a team, Maryknoll struggled in the paint against the Rams and shot only eight free throws, making four.
Radford led 20-17 at halftime before going on a 11-5 run in the third quarter. The 32-point total is the lowest by Maryknoll thus far in nonconference play.
Mercer Island (Wash.) 61, Moanalua 31
Kael Kristof scored 13 points, Leroy Lutu Jr. added 12 and Kramer Aspiri tallied 10 as the Islanders overwhelmed the Menehunes. Mercer used a 22-4 run in the second quarter to take command.
Stevie Austin led Moanalua with 13 points.
Kalaheo 51, Damien 44
Kahua Hollinger and Marvin Judd scored 11 points apiece as the Mustangs advanced to the quarterfinals. Kalaheo jumped to a 16-5 lead to open the game.
Matt Gochenouer led the Monarchs with 14 points.
Baldwin 36, Kahuku 34
Matt Heyd poured in 20 points and grabbed six rebounds as the Bears fought off the Red Raiders in a defensive duel.
Point guard Jeff Tumacder didn't score a point, but his floor leadership and patience were a key factor in Baldwin's offensive attack.
Okesene Ale Jr. led Kahuku with 14 points, but only two after halftime. Baldwin's mix of man and 1-2-2 zone stymied Kahuku's offense. The Red Raiders shot 34 percent from the field (13 of 38). Baldwin struggled even more at 29 percent (10 of 34), but committed just nine turnovers.
Kahuku had 15 turnovers.
Mililani 71, Punahou II 67
David Otte stole a pass with 4 seconds left to preserve Mililani's comeback win over the Division II Buffanblu.
Ken Moses led the Trojans with 18 points, including 10-for-12 from the free-throw line. Kristian Guillen hustled for 11 points, mostly from close range. Guards A.J. Clark and Nick Kanno added 10 points apiece.
Kainoa Carlson paced the Buffanblu with 15 points. Dru Hara and Riley McKibbin added 12 apiece.