'Iolani busts Punahou


POSTED: Wednesday, February 18, 2009

It took a little prodding, but the 'Iolani zone busters came through when it counted.

Scolded during the third quarter for being gun-shy, the Raiders rallied from an eight-point deficit for a 49-45 win over the Buffanblu last night before about 1,000 fans at Hemmeter Fieldhouse. The win clinched second place in the Interscholastic League of Honolulu and secured a state tournament berth for 'Iolani (20-5, 10-2), ranked No. 3 in the Star-Bulletin Boys Basketball Top 10.

'Iolani drilled nine 3-pointers in 17 attempts over Punahou's 2-3 matchup zone. Kainoa Chu hit all three of his treys in the first half and finished with a team-high 13 points. Jarrett Arakawa added eight points, including two key treys in the second half, and five assists.

“;They pulled us out (in the third quarter) and told us to be more aggressive. We were playing timid,”; Arakawa said.

The Raiders were a bit surprised by Punahou's 2-3 zone.

“;You're playing more athletic, bigger players,”; 'Iolani coach Mark Mugiishi said. “;If you're on your heels, they'll swallow you.”;

An 8-0 run at the start of the second half gave Punahou a 32-24 lead, but 'Iolani answered with four consecutive 3-pointers. Two came from Ball, one from Marciel, and the last of Arakawa's treys, an all-net shot from the left corner, gave the Raiders a 39-37 lead with 4:31 to go.

Punahou tied it one more time down the stretch, but never regained the lead. Pablo Warner, who finished with 12 points, drove the baseline and pump-faked two Buffanblu into a three-point play on the low post. After Kainoa Chu scored on a fast-break layup and Warner sank two free throws—benefiting from untimely Punahou turnovers—'Iolani had a 46-41 lead with 1:35 remaining.

Despite 'Iolani's barrage of bombs, the fifth-ranked Buffanblu got within 46-43 on Kimo Makaula's post move with 1:18 left, and after a steal by Manti Te'o, they had the ball with 35 seconds to go. Taylor Crabb missed an open 3-pointer, but Dalton Hilliard came up with a steal to give Punahou the ball again with 20 seconds to play.

Robby Toma missed an open 3-pointer from the right corner missed, and Chu came through for 'Iolani by swishing two foul shots with 13 seconds remaining.

Makaula scored on a reverse layup with 7.6 seconds left to bring Punahou within 48-45, but Warner iced the win by hitting a free throw with 6.9 seconds left.

Mugiishi hopes his players won't be shy from long range any longer.

“;Jarrett will hit two of those every night,”; Mugiishi said. “;Kela hit a couple and so did Brandon (Ball). Their percentage is pretty good, so I'll take that any time.”;

Punahou continued to struggle from deep, missing all 11 of its 3-point tries. The Buffanblu shot 42 percent from the field (21-for-50) and owned a 26-20 edge on the boards, but committed eight of their 10 turnovers in the second half.

Punahou dropped to 5-5 in league play despite playing one of its better games. The Buffanblu had nine assists and only two turnovers in the first half against 'Iolani's zone, but struggled at times when the Raiders unleashed their relentless traps.

Makaula led Punahou (12-9, 5-5) with 12 points on 6-for-8 shooting. Te'o, sporting a new jersey number (21), had three points and eight rebounds off the bench. Kai Gaddis added eight points.

“;I'm proud of the guys. There's still one or two plays we've gotta make, but 'Iolani's a good team,”; Punahou coach Dan Hale said.

With Kamehameha and 'Iolani locked in for state berths, the rest of the league will finish out the regular season this week before battling for the final state-tourney opportunity in the league tournament. The winner of the tournament—the ILH's third-place team—will play the Big Island Interscholastic Federation's third-place team for a state berth.

'Iolani won its earlier matchup with Punahou 41-40 on Jan. 24 at the Raiders' gym.


'Iolani (10-2)1311121349
Punahou (5-5)1410101145

'IOLANI—Kela Marciel 6, Andrew Skalman 0, Reid Saito 2, Jarrett Arakawa 8, Kainoa Chu 13, Brandon Ball 6, Kainoa Scheer 0, Nicholas Christman 0, Josiah Sukamaran 2, Pablo Warner 12.

PUNAHOU—Robby Toma 2, Shane Yoshiyama 0, Taylor Crabb 0, Dalton Hilliard 4, Matthew Feldman 4, Kimo Makaula 12, Manti Te'o 3, Malik Johnson 6, Kai Gaddis 8, Joshua Taylor 4, DeForest Buckner 2.

3-point goals—'Iolani 9 (Chu 3, Marciel 2, Arakawa 2, Ball 2), Punahou none.


ILH Division I boys

No. 2 Kamehameha 66, Mid-Pacific 49

Pii Minns scored 20 points, including a 3-pointer, as the Warriors defeated the Owls.

Marcus Holyfield scored 11 and Cameron Roberts added 10 for Mid-Pacific in the loss.

The Warriors improved to 10-1 with the win. The Owls dropped to 5-6.

Mid-Pacific (5-6)4131517 49
Kamehameha (10-1)1913171766

MID-PACIFIC—Jonathan Taniguchi 2, Ty Konno 6, Shane Kurihara 2, CJ Woolsey 4, Cameron Roberts 10, Sampson Won 3, Mark Fooks 0, Marcus Holyfield 11, Matthew Reyes 8, Shaun Dobovan 0, Dayton Uchiyama 0, John Sherlock 3.

KAMEHAMEHA—Edmund Kamano Jr. 6, Shane Matayoshi 0, Micah Christenson 7, Wally Calistro 5, Chaz Bajet 4, Brandon Dumlao 6, Pii Minns 20, Auwae Derego 10, Shawn Bode 0, Koa Ka'ai 2, Blake Viena 4, Damien Teramae-Kaehuaea 2.

3-point goals—Mid-Pacific 5 (Konno 2, Roberts 2, Holyfield), Kamehameha 6 (Derego 2, Christenson, Calistro, Dumlao, Minns).

No. 7 Saint Louis 62, Damien 48
Michael Tuiloma scored a game-high 20 points as the Crusaders defeated the Monarchs.

Kevin Aganos led Damien with 11 points.

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Damien (1-8)98171448

SAINT LOUIS—Lucas Gonsalves 10, Marcus Umu 2, Joey Bryant 4, Quinn Arakawa 0, Micah McClinton 4, Dean Viena 14, Chris Cook 0, Mika Wong 4, Jordan Ilagan 0, Michael Tuiloma 20, Moses Samia 0, Starr Sua-Passi 2, Ace Cabral 0, Jaris Popaca-Falefa 2.

DAMIEN—Drey Dutro-Solomua 3, Tim Smith 7, Anthony Tuitele 8, Breyson Lee 0, Kevin Aganos 11, Mark Baay 4, J.B. Ferreira 0, Tyler Tamayo 0, Nephi Tuitele 0, Lonn Iwashita 8, Marvin Berueda 0, Jeremy Torcuato 0, Jacob Cochola 7.

3-point goals—Saint Louis 1 (Viena), Damien 4 (A. Tuitele 2, Dutro-Solumua, Aganos).


ILH Division II boys

Hawaii Baptist 58, Lanakila Baptist 42

University 52, Saint Louis 44

Punahou 60, Hanalani 32

Kamehameha 55, Christian Academy 53

Leading scorersHBA: Christian Morimoto 16, Nathan Le 12. LBS: Chase Hazelwood 21. UHS: Dylan Gomez 18, Noah Chong-Viernes 16. StL: Bryan Cieslik 15. Pun: Noah Hammond 9. Han: PJ Minaya 8. Kam: Brent Auyong 11, Chris Bright 13, Kawaipuna Makuakane 10. CA: Michael Urcia 28.


OIA Red girls playoffs

No. 4 Farrington 52, Kailua 26

Kirsten Liana scored 15 points as the Governors defeated the Surfriders.

Farrington's defense held Kailua to under double-digit scoring every quarter.

Farrington moves on to face Kalani in the OIA Red Conference playoffs.

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KAILUA—Jayna Hanawahine 2, Tawny Kiko 8, Malia Pearson 0, Sola Williams 1, Teuila Asele 0, Zsalei Kamaka 6, Ka'u Kohatsu 2, Alysha Franco 1, Anu Ahyun 6.

FARRINGTON—Janell Nance 8, Brydgette Tatupu-Leopoldo 6, Natalie Mata 7, Lusina Otineru 8, Kirsten Liana 15, Macilee Moi 0, Sofia Folaumahina 4, Jasmine Funtanilla 0, Angie Argel 4, Lucky Crichton 0, Precious Maave 0, Aisha Gaea 0.

3-point goals—Kailua none, Farrington 3 (Argel, Mata, Tatupu-Leopoldo).

Moanalua 35, Aiea 32
Joanna Nicolas scored 11 points to lead Na Menehune over Na Alii to win fifth place in the Oahu Interscholastic Association Red Conference.

Moanalua got off a quick lead and maintained control through most of the game. Natasha Helsham, who finished with nine points, helped Aiea mount a fourth-quarter comeback that fell short.

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Aiea (12-7)72121132

MOANALUA—Brittany Calucag 0, Brianna Dacoscos 0, Kiley Lau 2, Joanna Nicolas 11, Meleane Smith 0, Jaidon Rego 8, Hoku Dela Cruz 7, A.J. Verdida 4, Justine Aguas 3.

AIEA—Celeste Fong 0, Natasha Helsham 9, Natasha Fong 4, Crystal Tagudin 5, Rayna Strom-Okimoto 2, Kaui Kuehu 1, Carol Sio 9, Emily Tausaga 2.

3-point goals—Moanalua 2 (Nicolas, Dela Cruz), Aiea 1 (Tagudin).


OIA White girls playoffs

Kaiser 45, Leilehua 37

Chelsy Okuma scored 18 and Keely Bitanga added 14 as the Cougars defeated the Mules.

Mariyah Tamaalemalo led Leilehua with 14 points.

Kaiser continues on in the OIA White double-elimination playoff tournament and will face Kaimuki today.

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Kaiser (12-6)415111545

LEILEHUA—Ashley Gonzales 9, Chelsy Fontes 2, Patricia Lindo 3, Alaina Johnson 4, Starr Hayashida 0, Vanessa Bocobo 0, Keke Moala 0, Michelle Fletcher 3, Mariyah Tamaalemalo 14, Carline Wilson 0, Alondra Hooks 2.

KAISER—Krysta Yasui 3, Hailey Durham 8, Lijah Bowerman 0, Chelsy Okuma 18, Keely Bitanga 14, Daryn Vorderbruegge 0, Bailey Miller 0, Shelby Pa 2.

3-point goals—Leilehua 2 (Gonzales, Lindo), Kaiser 2 (Okuma, Bitanga).



Junior varsity boys championship

Kaimuki 65, Kahuku 54