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Daryl Dent of Vincent drove between and under Fairfax's Ja'Shon Hampton and Lance Bailey on a first-half move to the the basket yesterday in the Iolani Classic. CLICK FOR LARGE
Vincent eliminates defending champs
The Wisconsin team hangs on to beat Fairfax in the Iolani Classic
Milwaukee's Vincent Vikings knocked off the defending Iolani Classic champion Fairfax Lions 49-46 last night in a nail-biter that went down to the wire.
Fairfax, ranked 14th in the USA Today Super 25, trailed for the majority of the game. The Los Angeles team had several chances to tie it up with just under 3 minutes to go but failed to convert.
The first came when the Lions' Solomon Hill missed a 1-and-1 free throw. The Vikings extended their lead to 45-41 on a subsequent slam dunk by Dominique Sharp.
After Sharp missed a 1-and-1 free-throw, the Lions' Chace Stanback countered by finishing a right-handed layup in traffic with a little more than a minute remaining to pull Fairfax to within 45-43.
A high-pressure, trapping defense forced the Vikings to throw the ball away and gave the Lions a second chance to tie with less than a minute left. However, Fairfax was forced to foul to stop the clock after Stanback missed a left-handed layup in the lane.
Sharp hit two crucial free
throws to pad the lead to 47-43 with 17 seconds remaining, but Stanback countered on the ensuing play with a 3-pointer from the top of the key to bring his team within one.
With time winding down, the Lions quickly fouled Yusef Gray, who subsequently sank two free throws. Stanback's 3-point attempt from the opposite end of the court to tie before time expired failed.
"It was a game that could've gone either way," Vikings head coach Tom Diener said.
Despite the scoring and leadership of Vincent's two senior guards, Diante Garrett and Bryquis Perine, the Milwaukee team could not open more than a seven-point lead.
Garrett, who signed with Iowa State, and Perine, who signed with University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, finished with 17 and 11 points, respectively.
"Those two guards are outstanding and we made some mental errors that you can't afford to make against a good quality team," Lions head coach Harvey Kitani said.
The Lions committed several unforced turnovers and only hit half of their 12 free-throw attempts, including several front ends of 1-and-1s.
In contrast, the Vikings sank 12 of their 15 free-throw attempts. Diener said his team did an excellent job executing their key points of rebounding, taking good shots and limiting their turnovers.
Fairfax's Stanback scored a game-high 20 points and teammate Rod Singleton chipped in 11 that included two buzzer-beating shots to end the first and third quarters. Stanback will play for UCLA next year and Singleton for Cal State Northridge.
The Vikings, who are ranked seventh in the USA Today Midwest region and off to a 5-0 preseason start, will play Philadelphia's Roman Catholic Cahillites tomorrow in the semifinals.
"Tomorrow we're going to play the exact same way, but with even more intensity," Garrett said.
Roman Catholic 66, Georgetown 53
The lead changed hands several times until the Cahillites sparked a 12-0 run with about 3 minutes remaining in the third quarter to give the Philadelphia team a lead they would not relinquish.
Roman Catholic's Will Kirkland hit two treys to lead the surge and scored all of his game-high 15 points in the second half. Twin teammates Bradley and Brian Wanamaker added 14 and 11 points, respectively.
The Hoyas' Alvin Tucker led the Washington, D.C., team with 14 points and Markel Starks chipped in 11 points.
Iolani 61 White Station 46
The Raiders will move on to the semifinals after defeating the Spartans from Memphis.
The game was close in the first half until the Raiders' Liloa Nobriga hit a fall-away 3-pointer as the halftime buzzer sounded to give his team a slim 21-19 lead.
Nobriga and teammate Case Miyahara tied for game-high honors, registering 19 points apiece. Miyahara sank four of his team's six 3-pointers. Ryan Dung's 8-for-8 free-throw shooting contributed to his 11 points.
The Spartans' Erik Buggs scored a team-high 16 points and teammate Joe Jackson chipped in with 10.
St. Dominic 78, LeFlore 59
Despite a game-high 24 points from Bayhawks guard Roland Davis, the Rattlers won the final spot in the semifinals.
After Davis tied the game at 40 on the first 3-pointer of the second half, the Mobile, Ala., team went on a 38-19 to close out the game.
LeFlore's Joshua Wesley drilled four treys en route to scoring a team-high 16 points. Teammates Christopher Blake and Nick Williams added 15 and 13 points respectively.
Saint Louis 57, Radford 47
Crusaders forward Scott Smith scored 22 of his game-high 26 points in the second half to lead his team to victory despite the hot hands of the Rams, who drilled six 3-pointers.
Matt Hoover sank three from behind the arc, and teammate Soosoo Taulelei, who finished with 11 points, added two more.
Moanalua 55, McKinley 48
Na Menehune's Josh Kure tied the Tigers' Nainoa Lessary for game-high honors with 17 points each.
Lessary kept McKinley in the game by scoring 12 of his team's 16 first-half points. Rey Enanoria picked up the slack in the second half, hitting three 3-point en route to 13 points.
Kalaheo loses in Vegas opener
Clifton Pires scored a season-high 22 points and Cheynne Lishman added 21, but Kalaheo fell to Mojave (Nev.) 80-71 yesterday in the opening round of the Vegas Valley Invitational Tournament.
Mojave (5-2) is ranked No. 6 in Nevada by MaxPreps.com. The Rattlers used a full-court press to stymie Kalaheo, and also hit 10 3-pointers.
"They're athletic. They're 6-2, 6-3, their biggest guy was 6-4. They're all lanky, rangy and they all can jump," said Kalaheo coach Chico Furtado, whose Mustangs are ranked No. 2 in the Star-Bulletin Top 10. "They play above the rim.
Kalaheo trailed 23-15 after the first quarter. The Mustangs shot relatively well, yet trailed by 11 at halftime..
Kalaheo rallied, taking a 65-64 with 2 minutes left but couldn't hold on.
"We made mistakes down the stretch. They went up five or six and spread us out," Furtado said of Mojave, which went 9-for-9 from the line in the fourth quarter.
Kalaheo plays Marshall of Portland, Ore., today.
"I'm hoping we can rebound and win the next two. Then we'd get a fourth game," Furtado said.