HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL DII
Unseeded McKinley rolls over Seabury Hall
McKinley proved why seeds in tournaments are only good on paper.
The unseeded Tigers of the Oahu Interscholastic Association cruised by fourth-seeded Seabury Hall, the Maui Interscholastic League champion, 58-34, last night in the quarterfinal round of the Hawaiian Airlines/HHSAA Division II Boys Basketball State Championships at Kaimuki High School.
It was clear from the start that McKinley was the superior team, and Tigers head coach Bob Morikuni used the game to better prepare his squad for tonight's semifinal clash against Farrington at 8 p.m. on the Kaimuki court.
First three rounds at Kaimuki and Farrington High Schools; consolation championship at Kaimuki; fifth place, third place, and championship games at Stan Sheriff Center.
Seeds: 1. University High. 2. Aiea. 3. Kohala. 4. Seabury Hall.
Farrington 56, Pahoa 46
McKinley 63, St. Joseph 48
Molokai 52, HBA 49, OT
AOP 60, Kauai 52
Farrington 58, University 56
McKinley 58, Seabury Hall 34
Aiea 80, AOP 56
Kohala 67, Molokai 50.
St. Joseph 56, Pahoa 46
HBA 64, Kauai 52
St. Joseph vs. Hawaii Baptist, at Kaimuki, 4 p.m.
Seabury Hall vs. University, at Kaimuki, 6 p.m.
Academy of the Pacific vs. Molokai, at Farrington, 6 p.m.
Farrington vs. McKinley, at Kaimuki, 8 p.m.
Aiea vs. Kohala, at Farrington, 8 p.m.
Fifth place: 9 a.m.
Third place: 10:45 a.m.
Championship: 6 p.m.
"That's just how it is, I think there's a formula that the HHSAA uses to (determine) how everything goes, and they were the Maui champs," Morikuni said. "They're a good team, I'm sure they were off tonight. We had an ugly game yesterday (a 63-48 win over St. Joseph) and we were able to get through it, fix it, and get back on a roll."
The Tigers (11-6) jumped out to a quick 9-2 lead and never looked back. After pushing the cushion to 15-7, McKinley added a 3-pointer from Rey Vincent Enanoria with less than 5 seconds to go in the opening quarter. After stealing the Spartans' inbounds pass, the Tigers called timeout and devised a play in which Oliver Diguc lobbed a perfectly timed pass from the baseline to an airborne Earvin Sione, who tapped the ball in to increase his team's lead to 20-8 to end the period.
"We ran a set play to our 3-point specialist (Enanoria) and he hit it. Fortunately, we got that inbounds play that our assistant coaches called, and it worked beautifully," said Morikuni of the sequence. "We wanted to get Earvin back in the game -- our tallest guy -- and lob it to him with 2.2 seconds."
Seabury Hall (11-5) mustered just five points in the second quarter and McKinley ended the half on an 11-3 run. The combination of missed shots and turnovers by the Spartans and McKinley's patient offense allowed the Tigers to secure a comfortable 33-13 advantage at halftime.
The Tigers employed a matchup zone, hoping to create enough pressure to cause a turnover.
"We just tried to keep everyone in front of us so they don't penetrate or kick the ball out and shoot the three," McKinley's Nainoa Lessary said.
The offensive woes continued for Seabury Hall, as the team managed just two points in the third quarter, both of which were free throws made by Kasen Dudley.
The period ended with McKinley in the driver's seat, up 43-15.
The Spartans finally got shots to fall in the fourth period, mostly against the Tigers' reserves, and outscored McKinley 19-15.
Lessary and Enanoria led McKinley with 10 points apiece, and were able to rest for a good portion of the second half because of the comfortable lead.
"We just had to be patient, swing the ball and feed the post," Lessary said of his squad's offensive strategy that wore down the Spartans.
Sam Guard led Seabury Hall with 12 points, 11 of which came during garbage time in the fourth period. The senior guard was the only Spartan to score in double figures.
"In the first half, I think we were a little bit nervous and we came out a little timid," Guard said. "The coaches told me in the second half, 'If you have a shot, just shoot,' and some shots went in, that's all I can ask for."
At Kaimuki H.S. gym
|Seabury Hall (11-5)
MCKINLEY--Jelani Thabiti 4, Oliver Diguc 4, Tilton Kaluna 6, Bryce Ishikawa 0, Ryan Flordeliza 4, Jefferson Pou 2, Austin Yoon 0, Earvin Sione 5, Nainoa Lessary 10, Rey Vincent Enanoria 10, Jonathan Lee 6, Ian Paez 1, Issac Iuta 2, Travis Asing 2, Julius Borje 2, Marshall Miyasaka 0.
SEABURY HALL--Sam Guard 12, Chris Sugidono 0, Kasen Dudley 5, Andrew Pacheco 3, Peter Meyer 6, Holden Awong 2, Daollas Verhagen 0, Michael Palmer 0, Nick Pagel 0, Adam Istvan 3, Sam Chesick 3.
3-point goals--McKinley 2 (Enanoria 2), Seabury Hall 5 (Guard 2, Kasen, Chesick, Istvan).
Aiea 80, AOP 56
Josh Chung scored 27 points and Obie Woods added 12 as the second-seeded Na Alii had little trouble with the Dolphins.
Aiea led 31-30 at the half, but outscored AOP 31-7 in the third quarter to put it away and earn a spot in the semifinals.
Aiea had 13 players score in the game and six different players hit 3-pointers.
Keoni Daniel led the Dolphins with 26 points and Brad Foster added 11.
At Farrington H.S. gym
AIEA--Lofa Liilii 8, Spencer Rogers 2, Jordan Sakamoto 0, Ryan Mora 7, Jarred McKee 9, Alan Fonoti 3, Josh Chung 27, Eric James 3, James Buchanan 2, Aldodius Colquitt 2, Obie Woods 12, Latupou Faumuina 1, Lawrence Lagafuina 2, Zack Hannemann 2, Miah Tausaga 0.
AOP--Tri Bourne 2, Spencer Lum 0, Hoyt Fuller Jr. 1, Joshua Oreta 2, Brad Foster 11, Keoni Daniel 26, Nick Seaberg 3, Jordon Ching 2, Joshua Chaffin 3, Koa Gomes 0, Mina Gould 2, Astin Aragaki 4.
3-point goals -- Aiea 10 (McKee 3, Woods 3, Chung 2, Liilii, Mora), AOP 4 (Daniel 2, Seaberg, Chaffin).
Farrington 58, University 56, OT
The top-seeded Junior Rainbows became the second seeded team in the Kaimuki to lose, falling to Farrington in the second quarterfinal matchup of the evening.
With the Governors up 56-54, University's Dylan Gomez was whistled for traveling with 24.1 seconds remaining in the extra period, and Farrington added two free throws down the stretch to seal the victory.
The Governors (12-5) recovered from an 11-10 deficit after one quarter and turned the tables to establish a 25-18 halftime lead.
At Kaimuki H.S. gym
Farrington--Jordan Ibana 4, Christian Hernandez 15, Dio Labayog 0, Oscar Carter 8, Steven Kamano 1, Bryson Leopoldo 2, Elijah Lesu 9, Ziggy Muramoto 2, Elijah Filifili 6, Rey Bartiana 2, Glenn Ernest 1, Cody Hua 8.
University--Dylan Gomez 18, Laakea Frias 7, James Kometani 2, Noah Chong-Viernes 11, George Bukes 3, Bryan McGuinness 5, Matthew Bayan 8, Andrew Bayan 2.
3-point goals--Farrington 4 (Hernandez 3, Ibana), University 4 (M. Bayan 2, Frias, Gomez).
Kohala 67, Molokai 50
No. 3 seed Kohala raced out to a 22-1 first quarter, and 5-foot-3 guard Ryan Bautista led all scorers with 15 points as the Cowboys rolled. Twelve Kohala players scored in the game.
Molokai used a 24-12 fourth quarter to close the score.
At Farrington H.S. gym
Molokai--Jacob Adachi 1, Jerome Clemente 2, Herbert Antolin 2, Jacob Esteron 0, Micah Ritte-Manangan 7, Scotties Rapanot Jr. 3, Jorjay Bumatay 5, Eben Napoleon 12, Eddie Delos Reyes 0, Jared Sasada 2, Daniel Espaniola Jr. 0, Nohea Pangkee 12, Carl Adolpho 4, Tyler Sullivan 0.
Kohala--Ryan Bautista 15, Arvin Campollo 4, Brandon Bautista 2, Devin Marquez 4, Blaise Kise 2, Jacob Roxburgh 12, Alex Vujovich 5, Hauoli Alcoran 5, Mana Pasco 2, Mana Viernes 5, Zeke Perry 3, Ikaika Kahoopii 8.
3-point goals -- Molokai 2 (Ritte-Manangan, Bumatay), Kohala 2 (R. Bautista, Roxburgh ).