HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL
RICHARD WALKER / RWALKER@STARBULLETIN.COM
Iolani's Case Miyahira drove to the hoop in front of Punahou's Dalton Hilliard in the first half of last night's game.
Raiders handle Buffanblu
Iolani made plays down the stretch and top-ranked Punahou didn't in an intense rivalry game last night.
Now there's a new team at the top of the Interscholastic League of Honolulu standings.
The No. 3 Raiders closed out the game on a 12-3 run and beat the previously unbeaten Buffanblu 74-63 at a packed and raucous Hemmeter Fieldhouse. The teams move into a tie atop the ILH at 5-1.
In a contest with championship implications all over it, Iolani held a slim lead for most of the second half. The Raiders led just 63-60 with 2 minutes, 44 seconds to play in the game, but it was their clutch plays to beat fullcourt pressure and score in transition that sealed the important victory.
Iolani's Case Miyahira scored 19 points, Ryan Dung and Liloa Nobriga had 17 each, and Taylor Mounts added 12.
Just as important for Iolani was its balanced, spread-out attack. Four of the five starters scored in double figures.
"Today we were looking for our passing game and trying to get shots off of transition," said Miyahira, a guard. "We've been having trouble finishing; (today) we were very successful at that. Everyone was looking for open men. It was a team effort. Of course (this game) means a lot, but we can't just glory over it. We gotta move on to the next one."
Dung was clutch, hitting a free throw then catching a fullcourt heave for a layup. On the next possession, he grabbed an offensive rebound, and kicked out the ball for Mounts, who drove, was fouled and hit two more free throws. Just like that, Iolani was up by seven.
From there, it turned into a free-throw contest, which Iolani was more than happy to oblige. Over the final 2 minutes, the Raiders hit six of 10, enough to maintain a solid lead.
Guard Miah Ostrowski led the Buffanblu with 19 points. Punahou's versatile go-to guy, Spencer McLachlin, was held to just seven.
"We rotated our big guys on (McLachlin), he's such a good player," said Iolani coach Mark Mugiishi with an ear-to-ear grin. "We tried to keep fresh size on him. Taylor Mounts just did a super job on him. If he has a big game, it's really hard to beat them."
The Buffanblu forced up tough 3-pointers in their final few possessions, and couldn't connect to stay in the game. Over the final 3 minutes, Punahou managed just a free throw from Kimo Makaula and a pair from the stripe from Ostrowski.
"They're a very good team, and we gave them our all," Punahou coach Dan Hale said. "They were hitting their shots and just went after it, they fought hard, they did all the things they needed to do."
"They were hustling, they were quick; we have to do a better job of moving the ball," Hale added with a shake of the head.
At Hemmeter Fieldhouse
IOLANI--Kela Marciel 2, Ryan Dung 17, Case Miyahira 19, Taylor Mounts 12, Liloa Nobriga 17, Lionel Fujioka 2, Berton Wong 2, Bricen McCartney 3, Pablo Warner 0.
PUNAHOU--Miah Ostrowski 19, Kimo Makaula 11, Dane Okamura 0, Kyle Whitford 0, Dalton Hilliard 11, Henry Cassiday 6, Ted Hawkins 0, Trevor Crabb 2, Kameron Steinhoff 7, Spencer McLachlin 7, Casey Shibuya 0.
3-point goals -- Iolani 7 (Miyahira 4, Dung 2, McCartney), Punahou 4 (Ostrowski 2, Hilliard, McLachlin).
Kamehameha 54, Maryknoll 40
Rykin Enos drained four 3-pointers and notched a game-high 15 points to help lead the Warriors over the Spartans. Jordan Ho-Ching led Maryknoll with 10 points.
At Kekuhaupio Gym
MARYKNOLL--Rian Huizingh 0, Tyler Terai 2, Reyn Higa 0, Garrick Chock 6, Christian Bueno-Kanei 0, Javen Correia 0, Travis Liu 6, Tim Adora 0, Jordan Ho-Ching 10, Richard Herring 8, Jordan Napoleon 7, Ross Lum 1.
KAMEHAMEHA--Randy Cummings 8, Kawika Lyons 2, Mitchell Kauweloa 4, Andrew Godinet 6, Pono Hanson 0, Rykin Enos 15, Jonathan Hew Len 0, Jan Kauka 3, Levi Goeas 0, Auwae Derego 2, Pii Minns 2, Conrad Scheidts 5, Kamakoa Downey-Jovanovich 7.
3-point goals -- Maryknoll 5 (Chock 2, Herring 2, Ho-Ching ), Kamehameha 7(Enos 4, Godinet 2, Cummings).
No. 2 Saint Louis 55, Mid-Pacific 47
Scott Smith scored a game-high 16 points as the Crusaders outscored the Owls 31-24 in the second half to pull out the victory.
At McCabe Gym
|Saint Louis (5-1)
MID-PACIFIC--Ryan Kurihara 2, Marcus Holyfield 15, Jaime Rivera 0, Jarryd Yasui 3, Kellar Ellsworth 5, Devon Takenaka 14, Josh Grant 4, Bryson Beirne 4.
SAINT LOUIS--Ricksson Pacarro 3, Kuli'a Aiona 5, John Quindara 0, Lucas Gonsalves 7, Scott Smith 16, Kyle Gonzaga 0, Cole Shidaki 7, Solomona Aigamaua 10, Michael Tuiloma 0, Micah McClinton 3, Jamison Miller 4.
3-point goals -- Mid-Pacific 4 (Holyfield, Yasui, Ellsworth, Takenaka), Saint Louis 1 (Gonsalves).
Division II varsity boys
Hanalani 46, St. Louis 30
University 41, Iolani 29
Word of Life 42, Kamehameha 41
Punahou 66, Redemption Academy 27
Hawaii Baptist 2, Le Jardin 0 forfeit
Lanakila Baptist 78, Christian Academy 67
Samson Aina 11. UHS:
Bryan McGuinness 12. Iol:
Matt Smith 11. WOL:
Kamalu Kealoha 14. Kam:
Josiah Horner 13, Jeremiah Pahukula 10. Pun: Damian Pherigo 10. LB:
Keawe Ochman 26, Alika Borabora 25. CA:
Josh Ko 27, Jason Ko 23.
Junior varsity boys
University 49, Le Jardin 38
St. Louis 77, Damien 74
Mid-Pacific 49, Kamehameha-White 48
Kamehameha-Blue 56, Iolani 41
Punahou-Blue 64, Word of Life 33