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Iolani in final
The Raiders and Indians laid enough bricks to build a skyscraper, but in the end, Iolani's golden touch at the free-throw line paid off handsomely.
Kyle Pape scored 21 points and Iolani made 17 of its 18 foul shots in the fourth quarter to oust Fullerton Union 48-36 last night.
Iolani, No. 1 in the Star-Bulletin Top 10, advanced to the final of the Punahou Holiday Classic. Iolani will meet Punahou in today's 7:30 p.m. game.
The intense semifinal between Iolani and Fullerton Union was a matchup of last year's tourney champion and the 2002 titlist.
Brett Hoerner, the Indians' 7-foot center, scored 15 points and controlled the key. David Allen added 11 points for Fullerton Union (11-3).
Iolani improved to 13-2 after posting its third win in three nights. "We haven't shot the ball real well, so I'm happy we find ways to win," Raiders coach Mark Mugiishi said.
Fullerton's cold spell in the second half, missing eight 3-point tries in a row, was a major factor.
"Their guards are deceptively quick. They got in the lanes really well and kicked it out. They just couldn't hit the 3s," Mugiishi said.
"Hoerner did a good job under the glass. You get wide-open shots (on the perimeter), you gotta hit 'em," Fullerton Union coach Bill Czech said. "We played hard. Iolani is a very good team. They have a lot of class."
The Raiders came up with key plays despite foul trouble for point guard Vinny Nip and Pape, their leading scorer. Nip, who finished with 14 points, sat most of the third quarter after committing his third foul.
"With him out, we had to slow the tempo down," Mugiishi said. Reserve guard Kekai Kealoha stepped in as Iolani clung to a narrow lead.
Pape's 3-point play gave the Raiders their first lead, 23-21, to start the second half. They led 27-25 going into the final quarter.
Early in the fourth, Pape committed his fourth foul with 6:18 remaining, and Mugiishi immediately called for a delay offense. The Raiders didn't outright spread the floor with a four-corners set, but they milked the clock.
"We grinded it to a halt," Mugiishi said. Even with the delay game and tight Fullerton defense, Iolani did not commit a turnover in the fourth quarter.
Nip was brilliant from the line in the fourth, swishing all 10 of his free-throw tries. Fullerton was unable to get Hoerner free on the low post, and he scored just one point in the last quarter.
Punahou 47, University 35
Jeremiah Ostrowski pumped in 21 points as the Buffanblu advanced to the final. The Buffanblu will meet Iolani in a battle between the top teams in the Interscholastic League of Honolulu.
University, ranked No. 8 in the Star-Bulletin Top 10, had another flat first half. "We can't afford to fall behind like that against Iolani and Punahou," University coach Walter Quitan said.
Punahou led 26-6 at halftime thanks to a stifling man-to-man defense.
"It's real simple. We shot well, and they didn't. That's all," Punahou coach Greg Tacon said. "But our story has been we just can't knock anybody out in the second half."
Punahou, ranked No. 2 in the Star-Bulletin Top 10, also got 14 rebounds from Brenton Lee and eight points and 11 rebounds from center Kasey Ko. That was a plus on a night when regular center Spencer McLachlin was absent. The sophomore was with his family, preparing for older brother Parker's wedding this weekend.
David Johnson scored 12 points for University on a cold-shooting night. Junior guard A.J. Clark also scored 12.
Foul trouble for point guard Mike Tenorio didn't help the Junior 'Bows in the first half. Two of his three fouls were offensive, but with Tenorio back on the floor, University went on a 10-2 run midway through the third quarter.
University got within 39-30, but Ostrowski hit a pull-up jumper as Punahou regained momentum.
Kailua 56, Punahou II 54
Kainoa LaCount, a 6-7, 315-pound center, scored 16 points as the Surfriders edged the Division II Buffanblu.
J.C Wo scored 11 points for the Buffs.
Radford 39, Kaiser 32
Senior guard Mike Davis scored 16 points for the Rams, who are ranked No. 9 in the Star-Bulletin Top 10. Jeff Peters led the Cougars with 10 points.
Kalaheo 29, Farrington 26
David Moore's eight points led the Mustangs. Jeffrey Viloria scored eight to pace the Governors.
Kealakehe 48, Damien 45
Loa Patao, Ioane Spencer and Eddie Lee combined for 39 points to lead the Waveriders over the Monarchs.
Patao, a senior guard, led the way with 15 points. Spencer, a 6-5 senior, added 13, and Lee tallied 11. Devin Shiroma led Damien with 14 points.
Baldwin 57, Leilehua 35
Cody Nakamura scored 15 points and Matt Heyd added 14 as the Bears overwhelmed the Mules. Baldwin is No. 5 in the Star-Bulletin Top 10. Clayton Laurel led Leilehua with 10 points.
Mililani 61, Moanalua 49
Nick Rogers pumped in 16 points and Ken Moses tallied 15 to lead the Trojans. Zachary Pendergast scored 20 points for the Menehunes.
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The Bishop's School (Calif.) 54, Holland Hall (Okla.) 51
The Knights squandered a 13-point first-half lead but held on to defeat the Dutch in the championship game of the Crusader Tournament.
Bishop was led by tournament co-MVPs Gyan Alexander (14 points) and Eric Moore (15 points).
James Alame scored a game-high 19 points for Holland Hall.
Crescenta Valley (Calif.) 58, Saint Louis I 56
Rob Stone scored on a putback with 6.2 seconds left to lift Crescenta Valley over the host Crusaders in the third-place game of the Crusader Tournament.
Jack Miller, who led Saint Louis with a game-high 29 points, had a chance to tie the game in the final seconds. But his jumper rimmed out and Cameron Bayne's putback came after the buzzer.
Areg Avanessian led Crescenta Valley with 17 points.
St. Clair (Canada) 58, Everglades (Fla.) 50
St. Clair held off a rally by Everglades to claim fifth place in the Crusader Tournament.
Everglades cut a 16-point deficit to six in the final minute, but St. Clair maintained its lead from the free-throw line.
St. Clair's Brandon Ford led all scorers with 19 points. Carlos Matos paced Everglades with 18.
Hamamatsu Nishi (Japan) 55, Assumption (Canada) 33
Kyohei Nishimura scored 14 of his game-high 19 points in the first half as Hamamatsu Nishi finished seventh in the Crusader Tournament. John Henderson led Assumption with 10 points.
Edison (Calif.) 48, Newbury Park (Calif.) 29
T.J. Lipold and Thomas Marcin scored 13 points each to lead Edison past Newbury Park in the Saints Tournament championship game.
Edison outscored Newbury Park 30-19 in the second and third quarters to take control of the game.
South (Calif.) 50, Sutherlin (Ore.) 49
Brett Dayen's free throw with 0.4 seconds left gave South the win and third place in the Saints Tournament.
South's Stephen Turner scored a game-high 17 points. Zach Bailey led Sutherlin with 13 points.
Kapolei 86, Saint Louis II 44
Kapolei outscored Saint Louis 30-13 in the second quarter and rolled past the Crusaders to claim fifth place in the Saints Tournament.
Kapolei's Jefferson Gaygay connected for 17 points to lead four Hurricanes in double figures. Bo Ronduen scored a game-high 19 points for Saint Louis.
Robert McMath (Canada) 46, Valleyview (Canada) 41
Jeff Chu scored 14 points as Robert McMath finished seventh in the Saints Tournament. Tyson Mulcahy posted 14 points for Valleyview.
Saints All-Tournament Team:
Jeff Golden (MVP) and T.J. Lipold, Edison; Jordan Cameron, Newbury Park; Vance Albitz, South; Justin Parnell, Sutherlin; Jefferson Gaygay, Kapolei.
Crusaders All-Tournament Team:
Gyan Alexander and Eric Moore (co-MVPs), Bishop; James Alame, Holland Hall; Areg Avanessian, Crescenta Valley; Jack Miller, Saint Louis; Jason Millignet, St. Clair.