Damien back where it set out to be a year ago

Damien sophomore guard Jydon Hall (4) fought for possession with Seabury Hall guard Caden Granum (15) during the second half on Friday. Photo by Jamm Aquino/Star-Advertiser.

Hayden Bauydan was an eighth-grader, but had a spot on the bench at the Stan Sheriff Center last year when Damien lost to St. Francis in the Division II state championship game.

A year later, Bayudan is the starting point guard for the Monarchs, who have rolled their way back to the state final following a 78-50 thumping of a good Seabury Hall squad on Friday night at Kalani.

Six-foot-7 junior Bryce Forbes led four Monarchs in double figures with 20 points and Bayudan, who was 9-for-9 from the free-throw line, added 18 points and four steals for Damien (14-0), ranked No. 3 in the Star-Advertiser Top 10 despite playing in Division II.

“It means everything, especially to our seniors that have been here since the seventh grade,” Damien coach Alvin Stephenson said. “I’m just so happy for them to be able to get back to that point and win a state title for a school which would be the first ever.”

The Monarchs go 6-foot-3, 6-4, 6-7 in their starting frontcourt of Dorien Penebacker, Jake Holtz and Forbes, but it’s the young duo in the backcourt, Bayudan and sophomore Jydon Hall, who have had to step up quickly despite their youth.

Hall finished with 16 points, six rebounds, four assists and two steals and didn’t commit a turnover. He combined with Bayudan to go 15-for-15 from the three-throw line.

“They’ve grown up a lot. We depend on them and try to put them in good positions,” Stephenson said. “(Hall) has been with us last year and been to the state title game and this year he’s really worked on his game. (Bayudan) was with us on the bench and saw a lot of the things we are trying to do.”

Bayudan knew all along he was making the jump to the varsity level with a pretty good team and got a quick glimpse at playing against the best teams in the state with Damien’s tough nonconference schedule.

“At first it was kind of tough because the first game I thought, ‘oh man, these guys are pretty good,’ ” Bayudan said. “I just tried to play my game, do what I do best, attack, play to my strength, shoot, handle the ball and at the end of the day I give it all to my teammates because they allow me to be me.”

Seabury Hall (12-2) hung tough with the Monarchs for a quarter, hitting three 3-pointers in the opening eight minutes to trail only by three.

The Spartans made just one three the rest of the way as the Monarchs turned long rebounds into easy fast-break scoring opportunities in a 23-10 second quarter to go up 16 at the break.

Damien led by as many as 27 to end the third quarter before the Spartans opened with a 9-0 run to start the fourth quarter.

Hall stopped the run with a steal and an and-1 layup at the other end.

Damien had 15 steals and forced 22 Seabury Hall turnovers.

“Overall, a ‘W’ and we’ll take that however it comes,” Stephenson said. “We’re ready to try to grind out wins.”

Noah Payne, who hit two early 3’s for the Spartans, scored a game-high 15 points for Seabury Hall, which was knocked out of the tournament in last year’s quarterfinals by the Monarchs.

Masyn Johnson added 12 points and seven rebounds and Kama Konohia had a double-double with 11 points and 10 boards.

HHSAA D-II Playoffs

Match #DateMatchupTime/ScoresSite
1Feb. 21(1) Damien vs. KohalaDMS, 73-42Kalani
2Feb. 21(4) Seabury Hall vs. KaiserSH, 42-39Kalani
3Feb. 21(2) Farrington vs. KauaiFar, 62-52St. Francis
4Feb. 21(3) Hawaii Prep vs. UniversityHPA, 50-42St. Francis
5*Feb. 22Kohala vs. KaiserKais, 75-57St. Francis
6*Feb. 22Kauai vs. UniversityKauai, 50-48 (OT)St. Francis
7Feb. 22Damien vs. Seabury HallDMS, 78-50Kalani
8Feb. 22Farrington vs. Hawaii PrepFar, 58-44Kalani
9*Feb. 23Kaiser vs. KauaiKauai, 52-38Stan Sheriff Center
10*Feb. 23Seabury Hall vs. Hawaii PrepHPA, 48-34Stan Sheriff Center
11Feb. 23Damien vs. FarringtonDMS, 73-50Stan Sheriff Center
* — consolation


  1. Loca1boiAnonymous February 23, 2019 9:06 am

    Damien should learn a lesson from Saint Francis and just continue to steamroll D2 competition. I’m sure SF if they knew how this season would turn out they would’ve just stayed down this year. They much rather would’ve been 3-time D2 state champs than not even going state’s I guarantee that. Stay down, the media will still write all kind of hype articles about you, you can still be ranked top 10, and heck maybe even get Gatorade POY award as a result. Just beat a few D1s in preseason and you’re all good for the rest of the season.

  2. ??? February 23, 2019 9:28 am

    I think That’s the same “MAHU” approach Kevin Durant took when he joined the Warriors.
    Take the easy route to a championship instead of facing adversity and learning how to fight through hard times in DI just crush everybody in DII? That’s the problem with today’s generation, scared to fail and no work ethics.
    I give STF all credit for moving up!!

  3. KalihiFB February 23, 2019 12:48 pm

    Comments 3 & 4 had comments about the subject matter “Damien” and about DI & DII competitions. Don’t understand why 1 & 2 had comments on a different subject matter with a very touchy subject. Just saying….

  4. JetWavy February 23, 2019 4:20 pm


    Why you giving Saint Francis “credit” for moving up two years too late? They sandbagged to two D2 championships just like Damien did this season. Why don’t you give all credit to someone like MidPac instead who faces the same disadvantages SF and Damien face but have continued to play with the big boys at D1 every season?

  5. ??? February 23, 2019 7:04 pm

    I was responding to #3 about STF playing DI and him saying Damien should sandbag.
    I give all DI teams credit… That’s my whole point.

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