Raiders crush Saints in ILH season opener


POSTED: Wednesday, January 07, 2009

'Iolani's depth and relentless pressure wore down Saint Louis last night as the second-ranked Raiders opened the Interscholastic League of Honolulu season with a 70-50 win over the Crusaders last night.

The Raiders trailed by six in the second quarter, but turned up the heat on defense to fuel their attack after the break and outscored Saint Louis 21-10 in the third quarter to break open a tight game.

“;Our goal is to get people to play at a tempo they're not real comfortable with,”; 'Iolani coach Mark Mugiishi said.

“;We think our depth is going to be our advantage down the road.”;

Pablo Warner led four 'Iolani players in double figures with 18 points. Kela Marciel added 14 and Jarrett Arakawa and Kainoa Chu scored 11 each as the Raiders often substituted in five-player waves to maintain their preferred pace of play.

Saint Louis was led by forward Dean Viena's 20 points, most coming on strong moves down low. But the Crusaders couldn't keep stride with 'Iolani in the second half.

“;We unraveled a little bit. We're jelling but we're not where we want to be yet,”; first-year Saint Louis coach Dwight Moniz said.

“;They're not a very big team, but they're very scrappy and they apply good pressure. We knew what to prepare for, we were ready for it and we just had a few lapses we have to work on.”;

Neither team could establish control in a see-saw first half as the teams traded baskets and turnovers. Saint Louis went ahead 21-15 in the second quarter when Lucas Gonsalves and Micah McClinton came up with steals and scored on breakaway layups.

'Iolani responded with a 10-2 run and eventually took a 33-27 lead into halftime.

“;They're very athletic and very physical, so we struggled a little bit in the beginning where their man-to-man defense gave us a hard time,”; Mugiishi said. “;As the game went on, our defense tends to wear teams down.”;

The Raiders' aggressive full-court defense eventually did fluster the Crusaders in a 16-4 run in the third quarter that gave the Raiders command of the contest.

With 'Iolani clinging to a 33-29 lead, Warner's jumper in the lane ignited the run and Marciel scored twice on putbacks. A foul accompanied by a technical foul on McClinton led to three free throws by Trevyn Tulonghari, and Brandon Ball hit a 3-pointer from the corner to cap the run.

Saint Louis (0-1)1512101350
'Iolani (1-0)1320211670

SAINT LOUIS—Lucas Gonsalves 5, Marcus Umu 6, Joey Bryant 0, Quinn Arakawa 0, Micah McClinton 8, Dean Viena 20, Acen Cabral 0, Chris Cook 2, Mika Wong 4, Jordan Ilagan 0, Mike Tuiloma 2, Starr Sua-Passi 0, Moses Samia 3, Jaris Popaca-Falefa 0.

'IOLANI—Kela Marciel 14, Ammon Baldomero 0, Andrew Skalman 1, Reid Saito 0, Jarrett Arakawa 11, John Foy 0, Kainoa Chu 11, Trevyn Tulonghari 8, Brandon Ball 3, Kainoa Scheer 0, Nicholas Christman 0, Gabriel Vega 0, Josiah Sukumaran 2, Pablo Warner 18, Sealii Epenesa 2.

3-point goals—Saint Louis 1 (Gonsalves), Iolani 3 (Chu, Tulonghari, Ball).


Mid-Pacific 56, Maryknoll 29

Marcus Holyfield scored a game-high 19 points as the Owls defeated the Spartans.

Chasen St. Onge led Maryknoll with seven points in the loss.

Maryknoll (0-1)659929
Mid-Pacific (1-0)1610201056

MARYKNOLL—Masashi Uematsu 3, Chasen St. Onge 7, Craig Shoji 3, Jordan Victorino 0, David Nosale 2, A'i Cashman-Fernandez 0, Dillon Keaney 4, Kent Kawahara 0, Jacob Mayer 6, Micah Kalepa 2, Davis Holt 2.

MID-PACIFIC—Jonathan Taniguchi 4, Ty Kono 0, Shane Kurihara 5, CJ Woolsey 6, Cameron Roberts 4, Patrick Young 0, Sampson Won 6, Mark Fooks 1, Marcus Holyfield 19, Matthew Reyes 6, Jantzen Suan 0, Dayton Uchiyama 0, John Sherlock 5, Brenton Beirne 0.

3-point goals—Maryknoll none, Mid-Pacific 3 (Kurihara, Woolsey, Won).


ILH boys division II

Hanalani 69, Christian Academy 50
Hawaii Baptist 54, ASSETS 25

Junior varsity boys
Saint Louis 65, Damien 45
Iolani 57, Mid-Pacific 48

Damien 39, University 36


Waiakea 41, Kamehameha-Hawaii 34
High scorersWaik: Mitchell Shintani 10, Chris Mattos 10. KS-HI: Kawika Cazimero 13.