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GEORGE F. LEE / GLEE@STARBULLETIN.COM
Punahou's Brenton Lee went to the hoop against Waiakea's Chris Gorman and Jordan Cabreros last night.


Punahou puts away
Waiakea

For three quarters, the Waiakea Warriors stood toe to toe with Punahou.

An upset of the second-ranked Buffanblu, however, was not to be. The Buffanblu went on a 17-2 run to rally past Waiakea 65-53 last night in the opening round of the Hawaiian Airlines Boys State Basketball Championships at Blaisdell Arena.

Jeremiah Ostrowski struggled from the field early on, but finished with 27 points to lead Punahou (22-9). The Buffanblu advance to the quarterfinal round and will play Baldwin today at 5:45 p.m.

Ostrowski, the Interscholastic League of Honolulu's leading scorer, shot just 9-for-24 from the floor. "We had the jitterbugs," Ostrowski said. "I just had to keep shooting and try to find a rhythm."

Spencer McLachlin added 11 points and nine rebounds, while Danny Cho scored 10 points for Punahou. Kasey Ko tallied nine points and seven boards.

Waiakea outrebounded Punahou 34-27, but committed 19 turnovers. Michael Belmes scored 15 points, including 4-for-7 shooting from 3-point range, to lead Waiakea (23-7). Jordan Cabreros scored 12 points and grabbed 11 rebounds.

"They're good," Cabreros said of Punahou. "We just didn't do the little things down the stretch, like make free throws."

Waiakea coach Jay Bartholomew added: "We did our best. The kids played hard. There were two times when we had eight-point leads, but we had stretches where we did some dumb things."

Once Ostrowski found his rhythm, it was too late for the Big Island Interscholastic Federation's Warriors to protect a lead. "He's a great player. He gets his shots off no matter what," Bartholomew said. "It's a matter of him making them or not."

Punahou trailed 45-42 late in the third quarter before going on a 17-2 run. During the run, leading by 2 with 6 minutes left, the Buffanblu spread the floor and pulled Waiakea out of its 2-3 zone. Ostrowski took command, scoring five quick points as Punahou sealed the win.

Waiakea 13 20 12 8 -- 53
Punahou 14 16 16 19 -- 65

Waiakea: Reed Akashi 0, Brent Sanbei 0, Jon Moniz 6, Chris Gorman 10, Scott Ichinotsubo 0, Jamie Gutierrez 0, Jordan Cabreros 12, Michael Belmes 15, Kahanu Irizarry 3, Kyle Santos 7.
Punahou: Jeremiah Ostrowski 27, Brandon Kapana 0, Danny Cho 10, Brenton Lee 8, Robby Shklov 0, Ka'ohu Berg-Hee 0, Spencer McLachlin 11, Brian Matsumoto 0, Kasey Ko 9, T.J. Zabriskie 0.
3-point goals: Waiakea 7 (Belmes 4, Moniz 2, Irizarry), Punahou 5 (Ostrowski 2, Cho 2, McLachlin).

Kamehameha 69, Kaimuki 49

Ikaika Hardie had 25 points, five assists and four steals as the Warriors overwhelmed the Bulldogs. Rykin Enos added 18 points, and Michael Ni'i tallied 11 as Kamehameha's guards dominated.

Center Kamalu Miller tallied 10 points and 16 rebounds for Kamehameha (18-9), which will battle Oahu Interscholastic Association champion Kahuku today at 4 p.m.

Jon Torres had 15 points and seven rebounds to lead Kaimuki. Isaiah Ano tallied 11 points and nine boards. Kaimuki (16-9) will play Waiakea tomorrow at 12:30 p.m.

Twelve first-half turnovers by Kaimuki helped Kamehameha take command in the second quarter. Behind their relentless mid-court pressure, the Warriors went on a 20-10 run. Kamehameha led 30-22 at halftime.

Kamehameha, the ILH's third-place entrant, went on a 10-2 run to start the third quarter, opening a 17-point lead. Kaimuki chipped away and got within 49-42 on Thomas Pyo's baseline jumper. Moments later, however, Rykin Enos and Hardie sank 3-pointers to spark a 10-0 run. Kamehameha led 61-43 with 3:38 to play.

Kaimuki 12 10 14 13 -- 49
Kamehameha 10 20 17 22 -- 69

Kaimuki: Kalani Ahmad 3, Jordan Wong 2, Shaun Dela Cazada 4, Isaiah Ano 11, Thomas Pyo 8, Phillip Miyasaka 0, Beau Albrechtson 0, Jarett Shiu 6, Jonathan Torres 15.
Kamehameha: Keo Wright-Pacarro 1, Ikaika Hardie 25, Brandon Ahlo 0, Rykin Enos 18, Jacob Ho 0, Quincy Crowell 0, Michael Ni'i 11, Randy Cummings 0, Kahea Williams 0, Mitchell Kauweloa 2, Matthew Hoapili Jr. 2, Kea Smith 0, Parker Bode 0, Kamalu Miller 10.
3-point goals: Kaimuki 5 (Shiu 2, Ahmad, Pyo, Torres), Kamehameha 3 (Hardie, Enos, Ni'i).


HHSAA boys basketball

At Neal Blaisdell Arena
Seeds: 1. Iolani. 2. Kahuku. 3. Baldwin. 4. Konawaena.

Yesterday
Game 1: Campbell 63, Kamehameha-Maui 42
2: Punahou 65, Waiakea 53
3: Kalaheo 66, Kauai 53
4: Kamehameha 69, Kaimuki 49

Today
5: Kamehameha-Maui vs. Kauai, 12:30 p.m.
6: Campbell vs. Konawaena, 2:15 p.m.
7: Kamehameha vs. Kahuku, 4 p.m.
8: Punahou vs. Baldwin, 5:45 p.m.
9: Kalaheo vs. Iolani, 7:30 p.m.

Tomorrow
10: Waiakea vs. Kaimuki, 12:30 p.m.
11: Losers of Games 6 & 9, 2:15 p.m.
12: Losers of Games 8 & 7, 4 p.m.
13: Winners of Games 6 & 9, 6 p.m.
14: Winners of Games 8 & 7, 8 p.m.

Saturday
15: Winners of Games 10 & 5, 2:30 p.m.
16: Winners of Games 12 & 11, 4 p.m.
17: Losers of Games 14 & 13, 6 p.m.
18: Winners of Games 14 & 13, 8 p.m.



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