Alegre: Warriors, Govs, Rams, Puns win

(Lack of space in this morning’s print edition, so here’s the extended version of the James Alegre Invitational roundup, day 1.)

Micah Christenson is a dream come true for the Kamehameha Warriors.

His fantasy-like stat line — 26 points, 13 rebounds, five blocks and five steals — powered Kamehameha in a 71-57 win over Kailua last night in the opening round of the James Alegre Classic at Radford High School.


Kamehameha improved to 2-0 in nonconference play and will meet Farrington, which defeated Baldwin 48-44, in the semifinals tonight.

“I like the unselfishness of our team offensively. We try to find each other,” Kamehameha coach Jesse Nakanishi said, noting that his team could still improve defensively despite amassing 18 steals. “We’re trying to find the right combinations. The tempo we’re trying to play, were need to play nine, 10 guys.”

Christenson, a 6-foot-5 senior, shot 11-for-16 from the field and 4-for-5 from the line while the Warriors smothered the Surfriders with sideline and corner traps. Dyrbe Enos added 12 points and Davis Achong tallied 11.

Ethan Mahaulu, a 6-4 senior, had nine points, five boards and three steals to steady Kailua’s ship. Rhys Nakakura had 10 points, but six came in the final quarter after Kamehameha had emptied its bench.

The Surfriders were almost even on the glass — Kamehameha had a 25-24 edge — but finished with 23 turnovers.

After Kailua switched from a man-to-man defense to a 2-3 zone, Kamehameha went on a 15-5 run to open a 27-13 lead.

The Warriors went to a 2-3 zone, as well, but Kailua climbed back within 27-21 after a 3-pointer by Awa Poggi. Kamehameha then closed out the half with an 18-4 blitz.
Kailua, down 20 late in the half, went to its bench in search of capable ballhandling against the traps.

Freshman Keanu Vela’s driving bucket started an 11-0 run as the Surfriders got within 47-36. However, Nakanishi inserted his starters, and they went on an 8-0 run to put the game out of reach early in the fourth quarter.

At James Alegre Gymnasium
Kamehameha      27      18      6       20      —       71
Kailua                  16      9       11      21      –       57
Kamehameha: Dyrbe Enos 12, Frank Ho 4, Micah Christenson 26, Brandon Orpillia 4, Davis Achong 11, Makoa Camanse-Stevens 6, Trent Park 0, Kona Gaison 0, T.J. Campbell 2, Charlton Tang 4, Gavin Lagrange 0, Shane Yoshida 2, Zerin Parker 0.
Kailua: Awa Poggi 8, Ikaika Ford 2, Chevy Mikaele 5, Josh Kava 3, Kila Zuttermeister 3, Keanu Vela 8, Ethan Mahaulu 9, Luis Valenzuela 8, Rhys Nakakura 10, Pita Ua‘ufo‘ou 0, Isaiah Vasconcellos 1.
3-point goals: Kamehameha 2 (Enos 2), Kailua 7 (Poggi 2, Valenzuela 2, Mikaele, Vela, Nakakura).

Farrington 48, Baldwin 44
Coming off a 60-43 win over Punahou last week, the Governors started slowly before rallying past the Bears. Lancelot Williams had 18 points and 17 rebounds as the Govs dominated the boards with a 32-20 edge.


Guard Jeffery Madarang added 15 points despite sitting the first quarter, and 6-6 center Viane Vaina had nine points.

Guard Gabriel Ross poured in 20 points to lead Baldwin. Timothy Pang chipped in 11 points.

Baldwin  11      10      11      12      —       44
Farrington      6       18      12      12      —       48
Baldwin: John-Mark Lopez 0, Kealii Pacheco 0, Gabriel Ross 20, Kona Sarmiento 3, Timothy Pang 11, Jacob Aki 0, Tyler Arbogast 4, Pasoni Tasini 6, Teva Eldredge 0, Adrian Garces 0, Sione Finau 0.
Farrington: Kula Solomon 0, Ryan Reyes 4, Anastacio Lombawa 0, Clem Rarogal 0, Benard DeLeon 0, Jeffery Madarang 15, Chadey Callazo 0, Joel Lanzaderas 2, Lancelot Williams 18, Viane Vaina 9.
3-point goals: Baldwin 0, Farrington 1 (Madarang).

Radford 55, University 41
Leading 27-25 in the third quarter, the Rams went on a 13-4 run to open an 11-point lead. Steven Watkins, a 6-8 center, led Radford with 14 points.
Andrew Canencia and Ryan Alvarado paced the Junior Rainbows with eight points each.

University      5       15      11      10      —       41
Radford 12      11      21      10      —       54
University: Makena Suan Rothenborg 6, Andrew Canencia 8, Eugene Malvar 0, Ryan Alvarado 8, Cobey Young-Bailey 2, Joseph Choy 0, Kevin Nalu O’Conner 7, Cameron Conant 0, Guiherme Aires 3, Peter Fee 2, Benjamin Keller 5.
Radford: T.J. Reid 9, Glenn Castil 3, Wayne Keys Jr. 0, Dominique Huggins 2, Steven Watkins 14, Zachary Pelzl 4, Dorsey Norris 5, Nicholas Lenover 0, Jeromy Castro 4, Roscoe Kalilikane 2, Tevita Baravilala 8

3-point goals: University 2 (Canencia 2), Radford 2 (Reid 2)

Punahou 50, Campbell 38
Malik Johnson scored 13 points, including a fastbreak dunk during a 13-3 run in the third quarter, as the Buffanblu escaped.

Johnson, a 6-6 junior, helped Punahou break a 27-all tie. Luke Kaumatule, a 6-8 junior, added 11 points and eight rebounds, and teamed with Kupono Fey to thwart the Sabers in the paint.

Christopher Crawford led Campbell with 14 points.


Punahou  17      8       11      14      —       50
Campbell        14      6       10      8       —       38
Punahou Buffanblu: Brian Matsukawa 0, Sean Gruebner 0, Steven Lakalaka 6, Jaren McCartney 2, Ka‘aha McAfree-Torco 0, Nick Velasquez 9, Malik Johnson 13, Ty Mclaren 0, Kupono Fey 8, Luke Kaumatule 11.
Campbell Sabers:  B.J. Halmos 8, Manuel Sy 0, C.J. Ramos 8, Allan Otanes 0, Justin Silva 0, Jacquain Middleton 0, Micah Cadiente 0, Christopher Crawford 14, Fouina Haskins 5, Jarrin Bannister 0, Javen Burdett 0.
3-point goals: Punahou 2 (Velasquez, Johnson), Campbell 1 (Haskins).

Paul Honda, Star-Advertiser

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