OIA WHITE BOYS
GEORGE LEE / GLEE@STARBULLETIN.COM
Aiea's Zack Hannemann rejected Farrington's Michael Carter during last night's game.
Free-throw shooting lifts Na Alii to D-II title
They put in the time and their investment paid golden dividends.
With clutch free-throw shooting in the final quarter, Aiea fought off Farrington 54-49 last night to capture the Oahu Interscholastic Association White Conference championship.
A raucous crowd of about 1,500 at McKinley Student Council Gym saw Aiea capture its second league title in a row. This time, the run-and-gun Na Alii relied on defense and their smooth shooting stroke at the line to seal the win. After shooting just 4-for-11 from the stripe in the first three quarters, Aiea was 11-for-13 in the fourth.
Aiea earned the league's seeded berth at the Division II state tournament, which tips off on Wednesday. Josh Chung led the way with 20 points, including 14 in the pivotal third quarter. Obie Woods added 13 for Aiea (16-0), which spent 30 minutes working on free throws at its home gym before boarding the bus.
"Our defense was fired up. We really wanted to win," Chung said. "Farrington's good. They're fast like us, but we wanted it."
The Govs, powered by Bryson Tatupu-Leopoldo in the first half, found the going tough after the break. Aiea's defense turned up the heat, and the big post scorer saw few touches after halftime.
"We told the guys to front him, but we needed to put pressure on the ball," Aiea coach Wyatt Tau said. "Farrington wanted it more in the first half. We needed to focus and play defense."
Farrington (13-3) led 29-24 after a follow shot by Oscar Carter, but Aiea seized control with a 17-0 run. Chung fueled the run with 3-pointers and breakaway layups, and backup guard Kory Naeole scored on a four-point play, hitting a trey and free throw, as Na Alii ran away.
"We didn't pick up their shooters," Farrington coach Alan Silva said. "They didn't have just one shooter. They have three good shooters."
Tau just wanted his team to play smart.
"We called time out and told them to stop gambling for steals. We didn't need that," he said.
Aiea took a 45-32 lead after a steal and bucket by Naeole, but the Govs cut the lead to 51-47 on an NBA-range trey by Christian Hernandez with 33 seconds left. However, Aiea was too tough at the foul line. Point guard James Buchanan and Woods closed out the game with three free throws in the final 27 seconds to seal the win.
"We've gotta get better, take care of the ball. Our guys played their hearts out, but we gotta come back strong for states," Silva said.
At McKinley Student Council Gym
FARRINGTON -- Jordan Ibana 0, Christian Hernandez 12, Dio Laboyog 0, Oscar Carter 6, Steven Kamano 9, Bryson Tatupu-Leopoldo 7, Dayton Kealoha 9, Michael Carter 6, Joshua Wallace 0, Andre Bettis 0.
AIEA -- Kory Naeole 2, Keenan Naeole 4, Jarred McKee 4, Jarrett Vea 0, Josh Chung 20, David Sevaa'etasi 0, Daniel Liilii 0, James Buchanan 9, Aldodius Colquitt 0, Obie Woods 13, Zack Hannemann 2.
3-point goals -- Farrington 6 (Hernandez 2, Kealoha 2, O. Carter, M. Carter), Aiea 5 (Chung 2, Ke. Naeole, McKee, Woods).
McKinley 55, Kaiser 39
Moku Spencer scored eight of his 13 points in the first half as the Tigers cruised past the Cougars to take third place in the White Division.
At McKinley Student Council gym
KAISER -- Jaymes Kawashima 6, Landon Tamanaha 3, Jonathan Lau 0, Mychal Nagata 2, Kalua Noa 11, Ryan Chong 3, Brannon Wong 7, Jeffrey Gordon 0, Devin Wolfe 3, Keola Hunt 0, Patrick Twohy 0, Kainoa Pa 0, Zachary Wong 0, Salele Aliifua 4, Bronson McMoore 0, Bryce Masaki 0.
MCKINLEY -- Julius Borje 0, Kaleo Ponce 3, J.T. Thabiti 3, Moku Spencer 13, Earvin Sione 8, Tavita Woodard 10, Jordan Macalma 8, Marshall Miyasaka 0, Tana Woodard 6, Tae Lee 2, Ricardo Siasoco 0, Rio Kwon 2, Jason Sabata 0, Sio Fiso 0.
3-point goals -- Kaiser 3 (Kawashima, Tamanaha, Chong), McKinley none.
Kamehameha trips up Saint Louis
No. 4 Kamehameha defeated No. 7 Saint Louis 41-29 last night in the Interscholastic League of Honolulu third-place tournament at Kekuhaupio gym.
The Warriors (10-4) advance to face BIIF third-place finisher Honokaa in a play-in game for a state berth tomorrow at 3 p.m. in Hilo.
The Crusaders ended their season at 7-7.
Christian Academy 66, Lanakila Baptist 50
Jason Ko scored 27 points to lead the Patriots.
At Hawaii Baptist Academy gym
|Lanakila Baptist (5-7)
CHRISTIAN ACADEMY -- Michael Urcia 20, Jathniel Manahan 2, Abel Orbistondo 8, Joshua Kaoiwi 0, Axton Durand 9, Zachary Fu 0, Jake Okumura 0, Brett Koga 0, Jason Ko 27, Ryan Kobayashi 0, Robert Helsham 0.
LANAKILA BAPTIST -- Zachary Ramos 4, Marcus Takahashi 2, Joshua Pananganan 2, Armando Cayabyab 6, Keawe Ochman 18, Chase Hazelwood 14, Christian Oasay 2, Glenn Yri 0, Cole DeYoung 2.