OIA RED BOYS SEMIFINALS
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Kaleheo's D.J. Chang looked to pass under the basket while being guarded byMoanalua's Marcus Malone during last night's OIA Red semifinal. Moanalua advanced with a 54-48 win.
Moanalua and Mililani make it to final
One team got gun happy, while the other stuck to its guns.
Marcus Monroe scored the go-ahead layup with 1:33 left, and Stevie Austin hit four free throws in the final 4.5 seconds as eighth-ranked Moanalua stunned No. 1 Kalaheo 54-48 last night in a semifinal of the Oahu Interscholastic Association Red playoffs.
Moanalua (11-4), which rallied from a 34-25 second-half deficit, faces Mililani in tomorrow's final at McKinley Student Council Gym. The Trojans (11-3) beat Campbell, 69-66. The Sabers fell to 10-4.
A crowd of about 1,000, including a large contingent of Menehune faithful, saw Moanalua and Kalaheo battle back and forth at Pete Smith Court before Monroe's driving bucket gave Moanalua a 50-48 lead with 1:33 left.
Kalaheo's Richard Preza-Haynes missed a 3-point try moments later, but Monroe stepped to the foul line and missed the front of his 1-and-1 with 29 seconds left.
Kalaheo point guard Taylor Jay then drove from the right wing into the paint, but missed a tough shot from 6 feet out and Moanalua's Ryan Hua rebounded. Austin was fouled with 4.5 seconds left, and a technical foul on the same play against Preza-Haynes gave Moanalua two extra foul shots, but it didn't matter.
Austin swished the first two free throws for a 52-48 lead, and then hit the latter two for the final six-point margin. Na Menehune inbounded and ran out the clock, ending an improbable voyage to the final.
Senior Josh Kure nailed all four of his 3-point tries in the first half and finished with 18 points for Moanalua (22-11 overall).
"If not for Josh, we would've been down double digits at halftime," coach Greg Tacon said.
Austin had 12 points and six assists, and Monroe, a 6-foot-3 sophomore, had 11 points. Josiah Kauhola scored seven points during a key 12-3 run in the third quarter that tied the game at 37-all.
It was a definitive night for the senior starters, who were challenged by Tacon during a second-half time out.
"He wanted us to take charge, to take over and make sure we had control," said Austin, recalling two previous losses to the Mustangs. "We have more heart now. We're more of team now, not 'I' guys anymore. We just gave into the system."
Cheynne Lishman scored 16 points and D.J. Chang had 10 for Kalaheo (13-1), which fell for the first time since a 61-60 loss to Bishop Gorman (Nev.) on Dec. 29.
"There's no plus coming out of this," Mustangs coach Chico Furtado said. "It's a totally disappointing situation. They realize they let it slip away. We didn't make enough plays. We devised an offense that goes inside, but we hit a 3-pointer in the third quarter and all of a sudden, it's bombs away."
Kalaheo shot 3-for-13 in the third quarter, including 2-for-8 from long range.
Lishman had a team-high 10 boards, but found few open lanes offensively.
"In my eyes, they deserved to win. We just didn't play Kalaheo basketball," Lishman said.
Moanalua shot 49 percent from the field (17-for-35) and 87 percent from the foul line (13-for-15). Na Menehune were proficient from the 3-point arc (7-for-15) and outrebounded the home team 21-20.
Kalaheo shot 46 percent from the field, but only 4-for-17 from the 3-point stripe.
"They dominated us inside in the first half. Kalaheo started out fantastic and we didn't match their intensity," Tacon said.
Na Menehune got that intensity from Richey, a reserve forward who had five boards after halftime.
At Kalaheo H.S. gym
MOANALUA -- Josiah Kauhola 9, Randy Starks 2, Stevie Austin 12, Josh Kure 18, Marcus Monroe 11, Ryan Hua 0, Shawn Richey 2, A.J. Kirkman 0, Maurice Allen 0.
KALAHEO -- Alika Ka'anapu 7, Keano Bruhn 2, Taylor Jay 6, Richard Preza-Haynes 7, Bruce Andrews 0, Christian Kepa 0, Cheynne Lishman 16, Aaron Fernandez 0, D.J. Chang 10.
3-point goals -- Moanalua 7 (Kure 4, Monroe 2, Kauhola), Kalaheo 4 (Lishman 2, Jay, Preza-Haynes).
No. 9 Mililani 69 No. 10 Campbell 66
Jon Keen scored 18 points and the Trojans held off the Sabers to reach tomorrow's Red Division final against Moanalua.
Eddie Gaines hit for 26 points for Campbell.
ILH DIVISION II
Patriots advance by topping Bulldogs
Axton Durand scored 25 points to lead Christian Academy past Le Jardin 85-73 last night at the Salt Lake Rec Center.
Christian Academy plays Lanakila Baptist tonight for fourth place in the ILH and a matchup against an OIA team in Saturday's Division II state tournament play-in game.
At Salt Lake Rec Center
|Le Jardin (4-6)
LE JARDIN -- Tevin Togami 14, Alex Johnston 0, Adam Trecker 0, Kalani Soeda 15, Kelvin Akamine 0, John Whitty 27, Taylor Gray 6, Joshua Kava 9, Max Rausch 2, Alex Gomes 0.
CHRISTIAN ACADEMY -- Michael Urcia 21, Jathniel Manahan 0, Abel Orbistondo 12, Joshua Kaoiwi 0, Axton Durand 25, Zachary Fu 6, Brett Koga 2, Jason Ko 19.
3-point goals -- Le Jardin 1 (Togami), Christian Academy 4 (Urcia, Orbistondo, Fu, Ko).
Lanakila Baptist 45, Hanalani 43
Keawe Ochman hit the game-winning bucket at the buzzer for the Warriors.
At Salt Lake Rec Center
|Lanakila Baptist (5-6)
HANALANI -- Andrew Kutaka 3, Darin Kamealoha 17, P.J. Minaya 10, Matt Simbre 2, Matt Guerrero 2, Brysen Honda 0, Tyler Simao 0, Josh Thomas 0, Jon Cunningham 9.
LANAKILA BAPTIST -- Zachary Ramos 0, Marcus Takahashi 0, Armando Cayabyab 5, Keawe Ochman 14, Chase Hazelwood 24, Christian Oasay 2, Glenn Yri 0, Christopher Isidiro 0, Cole DeYoung 0.
3-point goals -- Hanalani 3 (Minaya 2, Kamealoha), Lanakila Baptist none.