Radford knocks
out Castle

They made mistakes, but when the pressure was on, poise and patience made the difference for the Radford Rams.

William Kerins scored 17 points, including the go-ahead three-point play with 1:01 left, as Radford outlasted Castle 56-49 last night at McKinley Student Council Gym.

The win advanced Radford (8-3 OIA, 15-7 overall) into the quarterfinals of the Oahu Interscholastic Association boys basketball playoffs. Radford battles Kahuku today at 6:30 p.m., at the Red Raiders' gym. The winner secures a berth in the state tournament.

"I'm happy with our patience. After playing (and losing) at Kapolei (in the regular season), I think the kids realized it's hard for us to run," Radford coach Kai Enos said. In all, Radford made 13 of 15 attempts from the free-throw line. Castle made just six of its 13 tries.

Radford shot 19-for-43 from the field (44 percent). Castle was 18-for-42 from the floor (43 percent).

Castle closed the season at 7-5 in OIA play (14-8 overall).

Mike Sooto, a sophomore guard, scored 12 points for Radford, and senior Mike Davis hit six free throws in the fourth quarter to seal the win for the Rams.

Scott Arque and Jonathan Horner led Castle with 11 points apiece.

Radford trailed 49-47 when a turnover led to a breakaway layup by Kerins, a 6-foot senior. He hit the ensuing free throw to give the Rams a 50-49 lead. Justin Quinones came up with a steal and a layup to open the lead to three with 46 seconds left.

Castle committed a turnover, but Radford threw the ball away to give Castle a break.

However, Davis stripped the ball from Bryce Kalauoka'aea on a 3-point try and hit two free throws for a 54-49 lead with 13 seconds left. Davis added two more foul shots with 3 seconds left to seal the win.

In all, Radford committed 14 turnovers, but just two in the final, frantic 2 minutes.

"We're still turning the ball over too much," Enos noted. "Castle's strength is inside and we had to respect No. 12 (Horner)."

The Rams set the tempo early, jumping to a 9-3 lead. Castle opened the second quarter with an 11-5 run, thanks to a pair of treys by Horner. Arque's layup off an inbounds pass by Brad Guillermo gave Castle its biggest lead, 24-15.

However, Kerins' long-range shooting kept the Rams in the game. He drilled three treys in the second quarter, and the Rams were within 29-28 at halftime.

Radford ran its flex-motion offense meticulously and took a 40-37 lead on a three-point play by Sooto on a breakaway layup. The lead changed hands three times in the fourth quarter. Kalauoka'aea drilled back-to-back 3-pointers from both corners to give Castle a 49-47 lead with 1:40 remaining.

It was a stunning pair of plays by the junior, who suffered a knee injury during football season.

After that, however, Radford's composure proved to be the difference.

At McKinley H.S. gym
Castle (7-5) 15 13 9 12 -- 49
Radford (8-3) 13 16 11 16 -- 56

CASTLE--Brad Guillermo 6, Jonathan Horner 11, Louis Mansanas 3, Keola Bruhn 2, Scott Keiter-Charles 0, Victor Clore 7, Scott Argue 11, Alika Kalopodes 0, Kai Domingo 3, Bryce Kalaukaaea 6.
RADFORD--Mike Sooto 10, Justin Quinones 8, Garett Canteen 0, Will Kerins 17, Juan Lewis 7, Mike Davis 9, Gary Satterwhite 5, Tedy Tyler 0.
3-point goals -- Castle 7 (Horner 2, Kalauokaaea 2, Domingo, Guillermo, Mansanas), Radford 5 (Kerins 4, Davis).

Kaimuki 60, Mililani 52

Jordan Wong scored 16 points and Isaiah Ano added 12 as the Bulldogs survived a major rally by the Trojans in the final 5 minutes.

The win propelled Kaimuki into a quarterfinal matchup with Kapolei today at Kahuku's Thomas G.S. Walker Gym.

The Bulldogs made 10 of their 14 free-throw attempts in the final quarter, and 21 of 31 for the game. Mililani was 14 of 21 from the line. Kaimuki also shot 58 percent from the field (18 of 31). Mililani made 16 of 53 attempts from the field.

Kaimuki (9-3 OIA, 15-6 overall), led 48-32 after a pair of free throws by Ano with 5:14 remaining. Mililani, however, caught fire. Ryan Shular, who scored 15 points in the final stanza, nailed back-to-back treys off feeds from Nick Rogers. Those shots, along with a technical foul against Kaimuki reserve center Shaun Dela Cazada, sparked a 14-2 run by Mililani.

The Trojans pulled within 50-46 after Jon Santos came up with a steal and fed Shular for a breakaway layup with 2:48 left. They got no closer, however.

Ano hit two foul shots, Jon Torres made a layup, and Kekoa Onaga swished two more free throws as Kaimuki extended the lead to 56-48 with 1:22 remaining.

Shular hit another trey to bring the Trojans within five, but Kaimuki made three more free throws down the stretch to advance.

Shular finished with 21 points, including 4-of-8 shooting from 3-point range. Scott Neumann added 10 points.

At McKinley H.S. gym
Mililani 7 9 11 25 -- 52
Kaimuki 13 12 14 21 -- 60

MILILANI--Blaine Kanno 0, Scott Neumann 10, Brian Prentice 0, Perry Ugalino 0, Ken Moses 2, Luke Wright 0, Steve Viel 0, Maka Kahoano 3, Ryan Shular 21, Brandon Dela Cruz 0, Charles Ritchie 0, Jonovan Santos 7, Nick Rogers 9.
KAIMUKI--Kalani Ahmad 2, Isaiah Ano 12, Jordan Wong 16, Shaun Dela Cazada 7, Thomas Pyo 8, Kekoa Onaga 2, Jarrett Shiu 2, Jonathan Torres 9, Keone Reyes 2, Beau Albrechtson 0.
3-point goals -- Mililani 6 (Shular 4, Neumann, Rogers), Kaimuki 1 (Pyo).


OIA Boys Basketball

East seeds: 1. Kahuku. 2. Kalaheo. 3. Kaimuki. 4. Roosevelt. 5. Castle. 6. Kailua.
West seeds: 1. Campbell. 2. Kapolei. 3. Pearl City. 4. Radford. 5. Leilehua. 6. Mililani.

At Pearl City H.S.
Game 1: Roosevelt 58, Leilehua 44
2: Pearl City 47, Kailua 41
At McKinley H.S.
3: Radford 56, Castle 49, 6 p.m.
4: Kaimuki 61, Mililani 52
At Campbell H.S.
5: Kalaheo vs. Pearl City, 5 p.m.
6: Campbell vs. Roosevelt, 6:30 p.m.
At Kahuku H.S.
7: Kapolei vs. Kaimuki, 5 p.m.
8: Kahuku vs. Radford, 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 16
At McKinley H.S.
9: Winners of games 7 & 8
10: Winners of games 5 &6
Friday, Feb. 18
At McKinley H.S.
11: Losers of games 9 & 10
12: Winners of games 9 & 10

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