LIVE BLOG: ‘Iolani vs. Kamehameha hoops

by Paul Honda on December 7, 2013

‘Iolani 62, Kamehameha 48, Surfrider Classic final

‘Iolani 42, Kamehameha 37, end third quarter
Zach Buscher scored five points to spark an 8-4 run by the Raiders to start the second half. Three of those points came on another long-range 3-point set shot.

If you’re in the Kailua area, come to the gym. All food is half-price. I know because they’ve announced this about 15 times since halftime. But you’ll have to eat the food away from the bleachers (gym rule).

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A couple of slight oddities: 1. Halftime was just 5 minutes due to the lateness of the game, I suppose. Game didn’t start until around 8:30 p.m., an hour behind schedule; 2. The nets. The nets are extremely short, something you’d see on NBA Classics from the 1970s. This is what home teams want as a trigger to get the fastbreak going, but I haven’t seen much of that in these two games.

Second half has started.

‘Iolani 31, Kamehameha 27, halftime
Nice run by Kamehameha, sticking to tough halfcourt man defense. Jaycob Smith started to get hot with a deep 3 and a baseline J. Warriors running the floor. ‘Iolani having a tough time getting a good shot while Zach Buscher is on the bench resting.

‘Iolani 19, Kamehameha 9, end first quarter
It’s been all Raiders with their fullcourt man pressure. A pair of early threes by Zach Buscher helped open a 15-4 lead. Then, another senior, Chris Gallacher, hit back-to-back shots. The second came off a steal in the backcourt for a 19-7 lead.

Warriors have played without senior sharpshooter Noa Kinimaka. He’s listed at 6-foot-1 now, which is about 3-4 inches taller than last year.

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(Tip-off delayed due to third-place game in overtime)

With 5 minutes left, St. Francis leads host Kailua 35-26 in the third place game of the Surfrider Classic.

That means ‘Iolani and Kamehameha are just 20 minutes or so away from playing in the title game. ‘Iolani. Kamehameha. I’ll be blogging that game live. No story in the print edition, so I’ll have a little more fun with this matchup.

They’re using a Spalding TF-1000 basketball, which is odd since OIA schools like Kailua have switched to Baden game balls this season. The difference is enormous.

More on that in another blog tonight.

Update: Kailua rallied to force overtime and now has a 45-41 lead with 34 seconds left.

Update: Kailua 47, St. Francis 42, final.

Kailua vs. St. Francis. (Paul Honda / Star-Advertiser)

Kailua vs. St. Francis. (Paul Honda / Star-Advertiser)

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