It was either drought or downpour for Kalaheo last night in its OIA boys' basketball quarterfinal against Roosevelt.
The East champion Mustangs went scoreless for stretches at a time, a near-fatal mistake against the sharpshooters from Roosevelt. In the end, Kalaheo's size and an 11-3 run during a three-minute span overcame the Rough Riders' outside shooting as the Mustangs pulled away for a 54-47 victory on their home court.
"We knew that it was going to be a tough game for us," said Kalaheo coach Pete Smith, whose team won in double overtime against Roosevelt earlier this season. "They've given us problems with their quickness. They're a well-disciplined team and the biggest shame is they won't be in the state tournament. They deserve to be there."
Kalaheo (10-0), extending its OIA win streak to 64 straight, will next host Waianae in a semifinal game Wednesday. Castle and Kalani will play at the Falcons' gym with the championship and third-place game next Friday at Blaisdell Arena.
Kalaheo led by as many as eight early in the third quarter but Roosevelt (7-4) chipped away with five 3-pointers. The Rough Riders also took advantage of 6-foot-7 Mustang center Ryan Hogue picking up his fourth foul midway through the third.
With Hogue on the bench, Roosevelt turned a 26-33 deficit into a 38-36 lead with five minutes left in the game. Smith gambled by putting Hogue back in and the senior used his 5-inch height advantage over Roosevelt's 6-2 Van Dorsey to score four baskets during an 11-3 spurt that put Kalaheo ahead for good at 47-41.
The Rough Riders closed to within two twice in the final 78 seconds. But the Mustangs hit five of six free throws -- three by Damien Guerreiro and two by Levon Freeman -- and Julian Sensley took an inbounds pass the length of the court for the game-icing layup.
"I'm not embarrassed at all by our effort," said Roosevelt coach John Chung. "We made a couple of defensive mistakes but the kids played tough and didn't give up."
Hogue finished with 19 points and Sensley, weakened by a slight case of pneumonia, added 15. Sam Lozano led Roosevelt with 17 points, including three 3-pointers.
Roosevelt 8 11 11 17--47 Kalaheo 11 12 13 18--54Roosevelt: Adrian Mois 1, Sein Mckissen 5, Sam Lozano 17, Maulia LaBarre 4, Chad Kapanui 0, Van Dorsey 7, Keola Stietzel 5, Douglas Williams 8.
Kalaheo: Damien Guerreiro 5, Eric Sandovahl 0, Reggie Bartley 3, Levon Freeman 10, Chris Hatori 0, Ryan Hogue 19, D.C. Daniels 2, Andrew Braley 0, Julian Sensley 15, Karl Kuhau-Liftee 0.
Waianae 56, Kaimuki 40: At Kalaheo, the Seariders (9-2) eliminated the Bulldogs (7-4) in a wild finish that saw Kaimuki assessed with three technical fouls and Bulldogs' coach Stephen Lee ejected early in the fourth quarter.
Waianae led, 34-26, when Lee was hit with two technicals and was tossed for protesting the inconsistent officiating. William Broadus hit all four free throws to spark a 7-0 Searider run that put the game out of reach.
Waianae hit 18 of 24 free throws in the final eight minutes en route to scoring 24 points. Kaimuki never went to the line the entire second half.
Wilfredo Dinong keyed a second-quarter run by the Seariders that put them ahead for good, scoring nine of his 14 points. Broadus also finished with 14 and Sam Keaulii 12.
Darrell Tautofi led Kaimuki scorers with 11 points.
Kaimuki 10 11 5 14--40 Waianae 12 18 2 24--56Kaimuki: Justin Faimealelei 4, Fred Kaluna 4, Marvin Moore 9, Darrell Tautofi 11, Chris Kamakeeaina 2, Matthew Sione 0, William Maiava 2, Tyrone Tausaga 0, David Tautofi 6, Matthew Faga 2.
Waianae: Mike Autida 3, Nathaniel Donnell 11, Gerald Boyd 2, Ronald Brown 0, William Broadus 14, Wilfredo Dinong 14, Sam Keaulii 12.
Castle 49, Moanalua 34: At Kalani, Dayton Aberilla scored 12 points and the Knights (8-3) knocked out the previously unbeaten Menehunes (10-1).
Castle outscored Moanalua, 17-2, in the first quarter and was never threatened the rest of the way.
Bryson Kamakura led the Menehunes with 15.
Castle 17 7 12 13--49 Moanalua 2 10 8 14--34Castle: Brandon Kaio 8, Dayton Aberilla 12, Arnube Bruhn 6, Buddy Guillermo 10, Micah Chinen 0, Dayton Gernler 3, Paul Collins 6, Maurice Sevelo 4, Keola Brinkley 0.
Moanalua: John Tanibe 2, Charles Coen 0, Michael Towner 1, Saffrey Silva 0, Brian Green 6, Bryson Kamakura 15, Clint Fivella 1, Ki Deok Kwon 5, J. Marxen 4.
Kalani 63, Nanakuli 58: At Kalani, Everett Frye poured in 27 points -- 19 in the first half -- and the Falcons (8-2) held off the Golden Hawks (8-4).
Kalani led, 40-29, at halftime before Nanakuli made a late run in the second half.
The Hawks got 11 points from Kevin Calleon.
Nanakuli 15 14 16 13--58 Kalani 20 20 12 11--63Nanakuli: Kevin Kwan 10, Bronson Akuna 4, Silas Ah Sui 6, Mafua Mafua 4, Louis Mafua 4, Chris Asinsin 8, Joseph Lewis 10, Alfredo Paulo 0, Keoki Duarte 1, Kevin Calleon 11.
Kalani: Everett Frye 27, Ahren Kersting 0, Keala Fujimori 0, Lohi Pinho-McKeague 13, Cory Okimura 1, Brandon Ross 10, Kila Kamakawiwoole 0, Malu Akiona 11, Keola Castro 1.