HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL
Tumaneng saves Kalaheo late in win over Kapolei
The Hurricanes miss two chances to tie in the final seconds
Chris Tumaneng wanted no part of being on the first Kalaheo basketball team not to make the state tournament in 17 years.
With the Mustangs trailing 42-40, the senior guard was fouled while making a jumper with 8.9 seconds to go and calmly sank the additional free throw to give Kalaheo a hard-fought 43-42 victory over Kapolei in the first round of the Oahu Interscholastic Association playoffs yesterday at the Radford High gym.
The Hurricanes (6-5) had one last chance to win the game, but Brad Padayao missed a jumper and Keoki Lapina couldn't convert a putback as the buzzer sounded, assuring the Mustangs of at least one more game this season.
"We survived a scare and we've got one more game to win to get into the state tournament," Mustangs coach Chico Furtado said.
Kalaheo (9-3) will play against the top seed out of the West, Mililani (10-0), tonight at 8. The winner automatically earns a berth in the state tournament.
"Coach told us before this about the tradition of Kalaheo basketball and all the past teams that made it to states, so there's that pressure to make it," Tumaneng said. "We're Kalaheo and people expect us to be there every year."
Tumaneng scored five of his team-high 11 points in the fourth quarter, including the game-winner that he banked in from the free-throw line while being fouled by Kapolei's Jerrome Figueroa.
"I was kind of off balance from the contact and just threw it up, and it went in," Tumaneng said.
After trailing early in the game, the Mustangs got five points from Cheynne Lishman in the final minute of the first quarter to take a 12-9 lead. The Mustangs extended the lead behind six second-quarter points from Kahua Hollinger and led 22-14 at halftime.
But Padayao provided the spark the Hurricanes needed, scoring nine of his game-high 17 points in the third quarter as Kapolei outscored the Mustangs 20-10 in the period to take a two-point lead.
"We just haven't been able to put a full game together all year," Furtado said. "We couldn't run our offense, couldn't make any shots, turned the ball over and let them right back into it."
A layup by Tumaneng tied it at 39 with 2:53 left, but he later collided with Lapina, forcing the referees to stop the game because Lapina was hurt. With Lapina having to sit out a play, Tommy Lewis entered for Kapolei and immediately drained a 3-pointer to give the Hurricanes a three-point lead.
A free throw by Lishman cut the lead to two, and Kapolei's Figueroa missed two crucial free throws that set the stage for Tumaneng's last-second heroics.
"Chris isn't a great scorer, but when push comes to shove, he's the guy who steps up and makes plays, and that was just a great shot," Furtado said.
Elias David added six points, six rebounds and three assists for the Mustangs, and Cameron Moody finished with seven points, nine rebounds, and four assists for Kapolei.
At Radford H.S. gym
KALAHEO--Elias David 6, Chris Tumaneng 11, Kahua Hollinger 8, Marvin Judd 2, Tyler Caswell 6, Mana Guerreiro 0, Cheynne Lishman 6, Cliffton Pires 4, Jeff Whitworth 0, Chase Moses 0.
KAPOLEI--Keoki Lapina 2, Brad Padayao 17, Cameron Moody 7, Jerrome Figueroa 4, Pookela Ahmad 5, Nate Dixon 0, Tommy Lewis 7, Darcus Coleman 0.
3-point goals -- Kalaheo 2 (Lishman, Hollinger), Kapolei 2 (Lewis, Padayao)
Radford 46, McKinley 38
Gary Satterwhite scored 13 of his game-high 18 points in the second half as the Rams overcame a two-point halftime deficit to defeat the Tigers.
Radford, the third seed from the West, will face second-seeded Kaimuki from the East at 6:30 tonight at Mililani.
Justin Lord added nine points and Matt Alofaituli had eight for the Rams, who held off the Tigers despite shooting just 9-for-18 from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter.
Dat Vo scored 11 points and Oliver Diguc added nine for the, Tigers who finished the season 6-6.
At Radford H.S. gym
MCKINLEY--Dat Vo 11, D'mitri Gee 0, Earvin Sione 4, Nainoa Lessary 6, Jonathan Lee 0, Jefferson Pou 8, Oliver Diguc 9.
RADFORD--Garriet Canteen 2, Justin Lord 9, Joe Brundidge 2, Gardner Nakatani 1, Matt Alofaituli 8, John Watson 2, Gary Satterwhite 18, Michael Goodman 4.
3-point goals -- McKinley 4 (Pou 2, Vo 2), Radford 3 (Satterwhite 2, Lord)