GEORGE F. LEE / GLEE@STARBULLETIN.COM
Westchester's Jarred Dubois and DeShun McCoy battled Mid-Pacific's Devon Takenaka for a loose ball during Iolani Classic action last night.
Dubois’ long-range shooting helps Westchester advance
Jarred Dubois is getting a lot of mileage out of his stay in Honolulu.
In just two quarters of work, the left-hander drained five 3-point bombs to lift Westchester (Calif.) High over pesky Mid-Pacific 75-39 last night in opening-round play of the Iolani Classic.
Dubois made all six of his field-goal attempts and scored 17 first-half points, before sitting out the second half.
"I had four fouls, but a lot of my teammates were picking it up," the 6-foot-2 senior said. "That's what our team is about, everybody picking it up."
Comets center Dwayne Polee also scored 17 points while pulling down six rebounds. The 6-8 sophomore also had three steals. DeShun McCoy added 12 points off the bench.
Kellar Ellsworth had 12 points and Marcus Holyfield added 11 to pace Mid-Pacific (5-3).
"It was a good game for us," Holyfield said. "It gives us more motivation."
Coach Kevin O'Connell's Owls used a 2-3 zone to keep the tempo under control early. Mid-Pacific was within 12-8 after Ellsworth hit two free throws, but the Comets began to soar.
Polee scored seven points in a row, including an alley-oop dunk to finish off a fast break. The Comets patiently threaded the zone with passes and Dubois then lit up from the arc with four treys in a row.
After Tyree Smith hit a baseline jumper, Westchester had a 35-13 lead with 2:33 left in the first half.
"We have good guards. They're very unselfish, and if you're hot, they look for you," Dubois said.
Dubois was 21 to 22 feet away on most of his releases.
"He shot really well. We didn't recognize soon enough that he's the good shooter," Holyfield said.
The Comets led 35-20 at halftime. A follow shot by Ellsworth brought Mid-Pacific within 39-28 with 4:01 to go in the third quarter, but the Owls got no closer. Westchester coach Ed Azzam cleared his bench in the second half as every player scored.
Montrose Christian (Md.) 56, No. 3 Kalaheo 36
Tristan Spurlock scored 16 points, including four slam dunks, as the mainland Mustangs ran away from the Mustangs from Kailua.
Terrell Vinson also scored 16 for tournament favorite Montrose, ranked No. 4 in the ESPN rankings and No. 6 in the USA Today Super 25.
Cheynne Lishman led Kalaheo (6-1) with 18 points. As a team, Kalaheo shot 9-for-20 from the foul line, but stayed close until the final quarter.
Kalaheo closed to 20-19 shortly before the half, and was still within five in the third quarter when Spurlock threw down back-to-back breakaway dunks for a 34-25 lead. He added another slam off a miss to keep Montrose ahead 36-31 entering the fourth quarter.
Kalaheo went cold from the field while Montrose went on a 16-5 run.
LeFlore (Ala.) 87, No. 7 Moanalua (6-4) 45
Demarcus Cousins had a classic debut with 28 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks for the defending champs.
Rated as the fourth-best junior in the nation, the 6-foot-11 center ran the floor and brought back memories of recent Iolani Classic standout Kevin Durant.
"Coming from Alabama, this is a beautiful place and a whole new experience," Cousins said.
Stevie Austin paced Moanalua (6-5) with 13 points and three steals.
Arlington Country Day (Fla.) 76, No. 10 Baldwin 41
Emari Bailey poured in 24 points and R.J. Wright added 21 as the Apaches downed the Bears.
James Bell chipped in 11 points.
Guard Lincoln Seto led Baldwin (3-3) with 14 points. Center Viliami Lavaka added 1.
Aiea 75, LeFlore (Fla.) JV 64
James Buchanan scored 17 points to lead a balanced attack in Na Alii's win for the Division II title. Jarred McKee and Obie Woods added 13 points apiece, and Josh Chung tallied 11 for Aiea (8-5).
Preston Hinton led LeFlore's junior varsity team, which permits juniors to play, with 12 points.
Aiea made 29 of its 40 free-throw tries. LeFlore shot 11-for-23 from the line.
University 51, Iolani II 34
Dylan Gomez scored 12 points to lead the Junior Rainbows in the third-place game. Matt Koyama paced the Raiders with nine points.
McKinley 33, St. Joseph 24
Tana Woodward pumped in 12 points and Earvin Sione added nine as the Tigers outlasted the Cardinals in the fifth-place game. Cassius Aiwohi-Kegler and Royden Masulit each scored seven points for the visitors from Hilo.
McKinley is the defending state D-II champion.
Kalani 40, Kaahumanu Hou 33
Anthony Asuncion scored nine points to lead the Falcons in the seventh-place game. Rory Souza led Kaahumanu Hou with 13 points.