Doubleheader is underway at ‘Iolani, where the Kamehameha Warriors are visiting for a basketball twinbill. The girls are at halftime and the boys will follow.
‘Iolani 19, Kamehameha 18, halftime
A defensive struggle with a ton of blocks by the Raiders – particularly Kamu Borden, their big center.
‘Iolani 36, Kamehameha 28, end Q3
The defensive battle continues, though the Raiders are picking up momentum. Zach Buscher had a block in the corner on Kamehameha gunner Noa Kinimaka, but had his own drive to the basket stopped by a mid-air, 180-degree kick by a Kamehameha defender who got his foot on the ball. That stopped Buscher from getting a good shot before the buzzer.
This has turned out to be a typical ILH grind of a game, bodies flying everywhere.
‘Iolani 50, Kamehameha 37, final
Strong performance defensively by the Raiders, and Ikaika Phillip led with 13 points. Robbie Mann and Zach Buscher scored 10 each. Noa Kinimaka and Jaycob Smith had nine points apiece.
‘Iolani 29, Kamehameha 26, halftime
The Raiders trailed for most of the first quarter, but surged ahead in the second thanks to a barrage of threes. Sophomore Brooke Maeda hit two treys and scored nine points in the second stanza.
In all, ‘Iolani has made seven 3-point shots (64 percent).
Kamehameha got a strong opening quarter from Alohi Robins-Hardy, who scored all 12 of her first-half points before the second quarter. One play stood out, a coast-to-coast bucket that was unstoppable. At 6-foot-1, she is virtually unstoppable.
‘Iolani 45, Kamehameha 40, end Q3
Jade Botelho scored six in the third after a slow first half.
Kamehameha 57, ‘Iolani 54, final
Alohi Robins-Hardy hit a go-ahead, step-back 3-pointer to lift the Warriors in a comeback win over the Raiders. Robins-Hardy finished with 26 points and 11 rebounds in a superlative performance.
‘Iolani had one shot in the final seconds, but Brooke Maeda was double-teamed as she attempted a 40-foot runner at the buzzer that missed.