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Chase Moses of Kalaheo was fouled by AJ Kirkman of Moanalua on a drive to the basket last night.
Kalaheo avenges loss to Moanalua
Round two of Mustangs vs. Na Menehune proved to be a no-contest decision last night.
Fourth-ranked Kalaheo utilized a potent combination of dominating inside play in the first half and timely perimeter shooting after halftime to knock out No. 7 Moanalua, 57-39. The win avenged an Oahu Interscholastic Association Red East loss earlier this season to Na Menehune.
Kalaheo's OIA-opening 54-48 loss at Moanalua marked the only time the Mustangs (8-1) have fallen in league play. This time around, however, coach Chico Furtado and his players weren't having any of it.
"I think first and foremost, we wanted to make sure we take care of the ball," Furtado said. "I think last time we lost to them, a lot of it was attributed to us turning the ball over and allowing their quickness and their court speed to take over that game. We just wanted to use our strength and our size. Enough perimeter shooting to keep them honest, but just pound it in, pound it on the glass."
They did just that behind the height of center Tyler Caswell. The 6-foot-6 bruiser had his second consecutive double-double with game highs of 12 points and 15 rebounds, including a whopping 11 boards on the offensive end. When Caswell was being double-teamed, the host Mustangs were able to circulate the ball around and got perimeter players Chase Moses (12 points) and Cheynne Lishman (10 points) involved.
Kalaheo also kept its turnovers to 10 for most of the game, until a few more were committed in garbage time. It shot 18-for-57 from the field (31 percent) to Moanalua's 13-for-53 (24 percent).
If any extra motivation was needed for the Kalaheo players, they had it in spades.
"It's awesome. We knew we shoulda won the first time, but we didn't come out with the adrenaline that we had (today)," said Moses, a senior guard. "We just wanted it more than they did. Yeah, we just wanted to get 'em back at our place."
Na Menehune (5-3 OIA) have now dropped two league games in a row. Their lack of height was an obvious problem against the Mustangs' strategy, leading to a 44-27 deficiency on the glass.
As a result, Moanalua coach Greg Tacon fervently went to his bench to look for answers, shuttling platoons of players in and out by as many as five at a time. Every Menehune player saw action before the game's result was certain.
Guard Stevie Austin led Moanalua with 10 points.
One particular combination seemed to work at the end of the third quarter and the start of the fourth, when Na Menehune went on a 8-3 run, highlighted by reserve Roshawn Terry's fast-break putback at the third-period buzzer.
Moanalua had pulled within 42-37 with 6 minutes to play in the game, but then the bottom fell out.
"At some point during the game you realize that nothing you're doing is really working," Tacon said. "(We were) going for an opportunity to get a spark. We got one spark, we got it to five, but we just didn't have the firepower."
Shortly thereafter, Moses hit a free throw and back-to-back driving layups from the left side of the hoop to ignite a 15-2 run to close out the game.
"We really needed a basket then, and (Coach) needed me to score, so I just drove to the basket," Moses said.
More than any revenge factor, Furtado pointed out that the win was important because it gives Kalaheo a two-game cushion in the OIA Red East with three to play.
At Kalaheo H.S. gym
MOANALUA--Jay Yoshizawa 7, Stevie Austin 10, Josh Kure 7, Ryan Hua 2,Maurice Allen 0, Casey Schuler 3, Kris Lazarou 8, Paul Wasada 0, EmanuelVierra 0, AJ Kirkman 0, Rob Munoz 0, Roshawn Terry 2, Montay Rover 0, Shawn Richey 0.
KALAHEO--Cody vonAppen 8, Tyler Caswell 12, Cheynne Lishman 10, Chase Moses 12, Cliffton Pires 6, Koa Siliga 4, Alika Kaanapu 0, Bruce Andrews 2, Deaux Burns 3, D.J. Chang 0, Keano Bruhn 0.
3-point goals -- Moanalua 4 (Yoshizawa, Kure, Schuler, Lazarou). Kalaheo 5 (vonAppen 2, Lishman 2, Moses).
Junior varsity-- Kalaheo 73, Moanalua 45
Waialua 46, Waipahu 42
Marc Nacapuy scored 15 points to lead the Bulldogs past the Marauders.
Robert Donley led Waipahu with 22 points.
At Waipahu H.S. gym
WAIALUA--Star Lacar 0, Edwin Rubio 12, Matthew Manalo 2, Isiah Ramirez 0, Marnick Dela Cruz 0, Bernard Menor 2, Enoch Zawadj 0, Marc Nacapuy 15, Jordan Chun 4, Brian Graziano 8, Aaron Lapitan 2, Tauese Tapusoa 0, Caleb Fore 1.
WAIPAHU--Tyler Martin 2, Jasper Leano 0, Andrew Petello 0, Gordon Cox 5, Robert Donley 22, Randy Agustin 1, Mike Pascablo 0, Christian Dadulla 4, Dexter Cabrabilla 4, Regan Prestidge 0, Jordan Morales 0, Castro Masaniai 4, Ryan Komatsu 0.
3-point goals -- Waialua 2 ( Rubio 2), Waipahu 1 (Donley).
Junior varsity -- Waipahu 52, Waialua 21
Aiea 84, Nanakuli 45
Obie Woods scored a game-high 16 points, including three 3-pointers as Na Alii dominated the Golden Hawks.
Marcus Albarico scored 10 points to lead Nanakuli.
At Nanakuli H.S. gym
AIEA--Lofa Liilii 13, David Sevaaetasi 7, Ryan Mora 9, Jarred McKee 2, Alan Fonoti 2, Josh Chung 6, Eric James 11, Keenan Naeole 1, James Buchanan 10, Aldodius Colquitt 7, Obie Woods 16.
NANAKULI--John Smith 5, Sydney Samoa 0, Jerson Bacalso 0, Julius Seabrooks 7, Tyrone Cross 8, Marcus Albarico 10, Folauga Agatonu 0, Lui Teo 4, William Eli-Kido 2, Vincent Mao 3, Gysen Garcia 6.
3-point goals -- Aiea 4 (Obie Woods 3, L. Liilii), Nanakuli 1 (Seabrooks).
Junior varsity -- Aiea 56, Nanakuli 50