HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL
Kalaheo beats Kauai
when it counts most
The difference in high school basketball from December to February can sometimes seem like an eternity.
After being blown out by 23 in their first meeting two months ago, Kalaheo extracted a little bit of revenge last night, defeating Kauai 66-53 in the first round of the Hawaiian Airlines Boys State Basketball Tournament yesterday at Blaisdell Arena.
The win sets up a quarterfinal showdown with the top-seeded Iolani Raiders tonight.
"We're going to give them a run," Kalaheo head coach Chico Furtado said. "And God willing, maybe we'll be able to pull one out at the end."
But before the Mustangs could think about the Raiders, their focus was on the Kauai Interscholastic Federation champion Kauai Red Raiders, and more specifically, 6-foot-8 center Vaafuti Tavana.
Tavana had 19 points and 8 rebounds, but behind the improved play of big men Tyler Caswell and Cliffton Pires, the Mustangs were able to offset Tavana's 19 with 17 from their duo in the post.
"We really made him work for his stuff," Furtado said of Tavana. "We weren't going to help out from our guards because their guards killed us in the preseason, and our big guys not only played tough, but were also able to contribute offensively as well."
"I struggled in the first game, so I knew it'd be a challenge (to stop him)," Caswell added.
The Mustangs executed perfectly down the stretch, working the clock down before Chris Tumaneng found Caswell with a layup at the buzzer to maintain their nine-point lead.
"They're as good as any Kauai team we've seen in a long time," Furtado said. "I know they had some seniors that wanted to keep playing, but we have some kids that wanted to keep it going as well."
The lead remained fairly the same throughout the third quarter, until the Mustangs once again ended it on another quick run as baskets by Brown and Pires, followed by a Jason Tanaka 3-pointer with 2 seconds left, pushed their lead to 14.
The Red Raiders had one last run in them, as Josh Bradbury and Tavana hit back-to-back 3-pointers in a span of 7 seconds to make it 53-47. But that's when Kalaheo turned to its senior, David Moore, who scored eight points in the final 1:50, including a perfect 6-for-6 from the line, to seal the victory.
Moore finished 10-for-10 from the line and had a team-high 14 points, seven rebounds, six assists and two blocks.
KALAHEO--Elias David 8, Chris Tumaneng 4, Jason Tanaka 8, Tate Brown 8, Marvin Judd 7, David Moore 14, Cliffton Pires 4, Tyler Caswell 13.
KAUAI--Jeremy Manuel 9, Kekoa Crowell 8, Josh Bradbury 12, Garrett Sakimae 0, Brandon Ballesteros 3, Matthew Palaroan 2, Vaafuti Tavana 19, Kevin Downing 0.
3-point goals--Kalaheo 4 (Tanaka 2, Brown, Judd), Kauai 4 (Bradbury 2, Ballesteros, Tavana).
Campbell 63, Kamehameha-Maui 42
The Sabers opened the 2005 Hawaiian Airlines Boys Basketball State Tournament by using their height advantage to defeat the Warriors.
Six-foot-4 forward Mark Sealy poured in a game-high 15 points, most of which came on putbacks, as the Sabers controlled the paint all game long. Sealy, along with 6-foot-8 center Daniel Phillips combined for 16 of Campbell's 20 second-quarter points to help the Sabers take a commanding 35-14 halftime lead.
After Sabers head coach Sol Batoon put in his reserves for the fourth quarter, the Warriors went on a quick 10-0 run as sophomore Jordan Jenkins scored five points to cut the Campbell lead to 13. But six points in 35 seconds by Jamar Pacupac helped ice the game for the Sabers.
The Sabers will take on the fourth-seeded Konawaena Wildcats in today's first quarterfinal game at 2:15 p.m.
KAMEHAMEHA-MAUI--Alepaki Kailiehu-Shinyama 9, Jeffery Oka 0, Jordan Jenkins 7, Kees Mashino 2, Angus Peters 0, Camarillo Kamaka 1, Travis Wong 3, Chris Dela Cruz 8, Keaton Tam 3, Erwin Decoite 0, Kamuela Kalehuawehe-Valentine 1, Lucas Alo 0, Kaeo Lau Hee 8.
CAMPBELL--Tristan Bailey 3, Ryan Hayes 2, Robert Morris 4, Jamar Pacupac 6, Michael McDonald 2, Tristan Sealy 9, Mark Sealy 15, Terrance Tafai 3, Ikaika Sheldon 4, Andraes Sheilds 0, James Bannister 5, Daniel Phillips 10.
3-point goals--Kamehameha-Maui 1 (Jenkins), Campbell 2 (Bailey, T. Sealy).