Final 4: ‘Iolani 61, Kaiser 42, F

Zach Gelacio drove for the hoop against Kaiser. Krystle Marcellus / Star-Advertiser
Zach Gelacio drove for the hoop against Kaiser. Krystle Marcellus / Star-Advertiser



imageA lot of fans have mentioned this: they wanted Kaiser and ‘Iolani in the state final, not semifinal.

Well, things didn’t turn out that way. Kaiser lost in the OIA final and wound up in this bracket with the top seed, ILH champion ‘Iolani. So look at it this way: fans get a championship-game calibre matchup one day early.

Hugh Hogland is working the post smoothly and Helam Baldomero is having another productive game offensively for the Raiders. Hogland’s 6-foot-9 frame and ability to extend above defenders is a rare weapon for any team. On the other end, Chance Kalaugher of Kaiser is a tough matchup for any foe. He’s starting to get warmed up here late in the second quarter.

Kalaugher is staying on the ground and avoiding foul trouble, something he has excelled at this week after fouling out early in last week’s loss to Kalaheo in the OIA final.

‘Iolani leads at the half, 27-21.

Hogland has 13 points on 5-for-9 shooting plus four rebounds and two blocks. Zach Gelacio has five points and Baldomero has four points. Robby Mann has two points and two steals. He seems OK after taking that shot to the nose in yesterday’s win over Baldwin.

Kalaugher has 14 points (5-for-12 from the field) plus five rebounds. Keoua Mahiko, who had a strong start offensively, has seven points, two assists and two steals. No other Cougar has scored. Aside from Mahiko and Kalaugher, the rest of the Cougars have attempted one shot total.

‘Iolani has a 16-12 edge on the boards.

Kalaugher is fouled shooting a 3, hits all three FTs. Hogland scores on the break, takes a foul from Kalaugher, makes the FT. ‘Iolani leads 30-24. Time out, 6:20.

Hogland talking to an official about a no-call on an earlier possession. Hogland insisting he was undercut.

Hogland with an offensive board, loses the ball on the way back up but recovers and banks it home. Miske drives and hits a tough runner in the lane.

Kalaugher misses a corner 3. Mann open at the top, all net for 3. Raiders lead 35-26.

Kalaugher posts up on a smaller defender, draws a foul. Shooting two with 4:08 left in the third. Hits the first FT, 35-27. And the second, 35-28.

Mann goes airborne to tip in a miss by Hogland. 37-28. Kaiser not boxing out. TV time out, 3:27.

Kalaugher jab steps, drives past two Raiders and throws it down. That brought Kaiser fans to their feet. 37-30.

Justin Genovia at the foul line for two shots, 2:52. Hits the first and second, 39-30. Kalaugher has Hogland on him, misses a corner 3.

Hogland scores on the post, Kalaugher run over by Mann and Kaiser fans are upset after watching the replay. No call, IOL up 41-30.

Mahiko drives and dishes to Miske, who drains a wing 3, 41-33.

Hogland with another move in the post, shimmy move freezes Kalaugher and he drops in a lefty jump hook as the quarter ends. IOL leads KAIS 43-33.

Raiders miss on a backdoor pass and Miske pushes the ball upcourt. Isaiah Akiona swishes a corner 3, 43-36.

Kalaugher scoops up a loose ball and falls over an ‘Iolani player on the ground. They call Kalaugher for his fourth foul. He leaves at 7:12.

Mann at the line shooting two. First shot all net. Second shot bounces in, 45-36.

Cougars coach Branden Kawazoe calls time out with 6:55 left. Raiders will probably stay in man, which means Hogland has to guard one of Kaiser’s slashers or 3-point shooters. Even with Kalaugher on the bench, this is an opportunity.

Nope, Hollandsworth still in, Akiona misses a 3 off an elevator screen. Hogland scores inside, but Mahiko hits a 3, his first points since the first quarter.

Zach Gelacio drives and scores in traffic, 49-39. Kalaugher back in with 5:49 left.

Baldomero 1-and-1, 4:36. Short.

Raiders use some clock before Hogland works the post for another short bucket. Miske misses a tough shot on the baseline.

TV time out, 3:16, IOL leads 51-39.

Kaiser is stone cold from the field and ‘Iolani leads 57-42 with :48.2 left.


  1. Menehune February 19, 2016 10:35 pm

    All ILH final. We all knew that the best basketball teams are from the ILH this year.

  2. Action Jackson February 19, 2016 11:57 pm

    True Menehune this is the ILHs lucky year. Every dog has its day.
    Good job Cougars, didn’t think they’d make it it this far.
    Traditionally, most of HK athletes go private schools and the ones that stay usually
    would rather be @the beach or malls w/ their girlfriends. Motivating Kaiser athletes
    to excel in studies and hit the weightroom has always been challenging for Kaiser coaches.
    It’s almost as if the name could be the Kaiser “Cruzahs” .

  3. Menehune February 20, 2016 12:44 am

    “Traditionally, most HK athletes go to private schools”. Not a true statement….

  4. Red Raider February 20, 2016 6:54 am

    I am interested to see how Kaiser does next year with the new transfer rule taking effect during the 2016-2017 season. Several players transferred in this season and didn’t have to sit out (Scheer & Miske to name a few). Next year, regardless of moving districts, kids will have to sit out a season if they change schools and participated in the sport the previous year.

    If they compete for a OIA Title next year I will give Coach Kawazoe his due. If they don’t do well I think he was a lucky recipient of having a really great player in the program before he got there (Chance) and a lot of good kids transferring in. We shall see with only 2 kids returning (Nueku & Ma).

    Also, I don’t understand how you allow a kid who was averaging 12 points to go off for 28-30? Especially when that kid had a season high of 17 points I think. I was at the game and didn’t really see any adjustments Kaiser made to slow down the big kid.

    But then again Coach Kawazoe was Coach Dean’s assistant and it looked like the mentor really schooled the pupil last night.

  5. Falcon February 20, 2016 7:02 am

    Action Jackson, do you have any data to support your statement of Hawaii Kai Athletes? I know many kids who work hard and play multiple sports for Kaiser. I find your comment about their students rather being at the beach or malls inaccurate. DO you have data to prove that point? Also, how is this the ILH’s lucky year when they have practically dominated the Boys Basketball State Tournament over the history of the tournament:
    ILH – 43 State Titles
    OIA – 16 State Titles
    The facts do not support your claims. I am curious do you just ramble without any empirical evidence?

  6. Eva February 20, 2016 9:01 am

    Lot of inaccuracies here reported by Action Jackson.

  7. AOK February 20, 2016 11:17 am

    Eva yes he does and here’s one more since Hawaii basketball states went to Division I, the ilh has twice as many championships as the oia does despite the fact that the oia is repped by three times as many teams. By later tonight the ilh will have more than twice the amount of oia champions. All non factual statements by jackson.

  8. Falcon February 20, 2016 12:58 pm

    I understand that the ILH have a lot advantages that would make it enticing for a family to send their kids there. But the OIA also has some advantages. They are able to have transfers not sit out if they move into district. The league doesn’t enforce the coaching blackout rule, this allowing coaches to coach their teams all year. Typically the workload for academics are less so they don’t have to spend as much time with coursework.

    There are advantages and disadvantages to both. On the mainland many of the public schools get talent over the private schools. It comes down to the product and fit.

    I do agree that Action Jackson is making a lot of claims without evidence. Is that how it’s done on here?

  9. Action Jackson February 20, 2016 9:11 pm

    Very true statement. If HK athletes stayed home when I was playing we would’ve had Darnell Arceneaux, Brian Ahyat, Olin Kreutz, Dominic Raiola, and many more. Very true statement because Nobody knows Kaiser tradition like me. There’s plenty people that don’t know what Kaiser athletics is because they never played a lick of highschool ball in the OIA or ILH. True statement is that nobody knows kaiser athletics from the 80s and 90s like me. We were the mystique of the 90s. We had a swagger that no other school had. In fact in 93
    we won OIA football champs also State champs for baseball. I know sounds funny but was a different era then. It’s also funny how many people on this site never played HS hawaii ball in their life. HAhahahah, how can you talk about “evidence” when you didn’t make the varsity team @ Mid Pac in 91. Some people know what the OIA n ILH really was the true origin not evidence orstats.
    Brah wake up. Kaisers enrollment is 900 from the 70s til now. Most HK kids attend Mid-Pac Punahou, Kam. and Iolani. Too many losahs on this blog. Talkin about evidence. Shaddap already. If you’re one of those Dads that never played a lick of Highschool ball in da 80s and 90s get real you’re missing something. Too much pride, simmer down already you ain’t that good brah trust me. Tell me some credentials you posess please. Let me tell you some credentials of the common 80s and 90s era my friend. Don’t talk about evidence talk about experience son. The 90-91-92 Mid pac state baseball champs 3 years in a row. If you remember that then talk to me. Kaiser beating Kahuku in football 1989 @their homecoming w/ 30 guys suited up. Radfords state basketball championship of 1989 when 12 of the 15 on roster were black. Please tell me something interesting about what you remember regarding HS hawaii sports. Otherwise Shaddap already you just weren’t a part of the magic of the 80s and 90s please Shaddap already.

  10. Cougar Pride February 20, 2016 11:01 pm

    You never played any sports other than on Draft Kings. Now that that site is down, how can you live your fairy tale? I played in the NFL for the Raiders after I rejected a contract from the Bucs. I also played for the Royals in the Majors. Eventually I had to give it up due to a Hip injury. I know sports and played at the highest levels. You are the biggest fool on here. Please shut up because you are making everyone’s heads hurt. You are a pencil neck geek who never played anything. The closest you ever got to the field was when one of the players said, “Hey Jackson get me a water, pronto!”

    Sure you played any sports at all (wink wink)! HAHA

  11. Action Jackson February 21, 2016 8:50 am

    Haha thats a good one funny man. You played for who? Cougar pride? Nononono… You’re a computer gangster buddy. Funny how these panties can come on this blog talking any kine. Complete loser, I knew I would get some laughs.

  12. 88 February 21, 2016 10:02 am

    Maybe Kaiser won the 93 flag football championship. Either that or they borrowed Waianaes uniforms….

  13. Action Jackson February 21, 2016 12:39 pm

    That’s funny but no, we won the Blue division OIA in 1993. Glad we brought this up ’cause there’s plenty panties posing on this section as HS sport know it alls and they never when play any sports in highschool. Glad we brought that up, thanks 88!

  14. 69 February 21, 2016 3:54 pm

    Action Jackson = #1 panty on this blog.

  15. Bananarama February 22, 2016 11:00 am

    Every district has kids who go to private schools and if they stayed home then their home school would be more talented. There are also kids who prefer to relax at the beach while others prefer to participate in an extra curricular activity such as music, art, dance, or sports. This happens everywhere and is not only happening to one community.

  16. Action Jackson February 22, 2016 9:54 pm

    50% of kids from Waialae to Hawaii Kai attend private schools like Punahou, Iolani, kam, and St. louis its always been that way.
    Waianae 10%, Kahuku 14%, Kaneohe 18%, Kailua, 24%, Waimanalo 14%, Mililani 27%, etc… But Kalani/ Kaiser district gets half there kids going to private schools.
    If you played Football, basketball or baseball in the OIA/ILH prior to 1999 you’re not a panty.
    One thing thats changed from the pre- 2000s is that when someone falls down while playing or gets shook-up they stay on the ground babying themselves, then 3 trainers come out making a big scene. Eh bra you fall down, get your @ss up and outta there so the game can continue!

  17. Bananarama February 23, 2016 1:38 pm

    Action Jackson, did you survey the admissions departments of private schools? It is amazing how you spit data with no credible references. Stop making up stuff without evidence. You did not play sports to stop pretending and trying to act tough.

  18. Action Jackson February 23, 2016 5:58 pm

    Bananarama- That’s exactly what you are clown boy, one BANANA. Being a Banana is worst than a panty. A Banana is not only worst than a panty, it means you are white on the inside and yellow on da outside. You really must be a tool from the mainland to come on this blog with a name like Bananarama.
    Before you start asking about stats n evidence worry about how you made it to Oahu and how you’re gonna get that one way ticket back to Denver. One rule of thumb you must know when living in Hawaii on any island is, don’t have any part of the word Banana in your name.

  19. Action Jackson February 23, 2016 8:53 pm

    Cougar Pride- If you went to Kaiser can you please explain who you might be honey? Please give some proof that you went Kaisa.
    Cougar Nation sweetheart, that’s really really cute I love it! I knew you had a sense of humor honey. Cougar nation that is a good one! Portlock REPRESENT-REPRESENT, ULUWATU’s REpresent represent, KAMEHAME RIDGE represent-represent. KAMILOIKI’s in the HISOUSE!
    HEHe- Is that you cutey?

  20. Action Jackson February 23, 2016 11:59 pm

    Wow I like the “B” word you used that’s awesome! I really like that maturity level you infuse towards peoples thoughts regarding Kaisa. That’s really unique! Maybe you had Coach Brian Almadova as your Special Ed-teacher there, that is great. Good times. Were you one of those cool girls that used to smoke cigarettes over by H building? Just wondering.
    The image you bring here of Hawaii Kai is just fantastic…. Oh, and I love the generic Cougar Nation bit you’re getting cute with. Hmm Cougar nation huh? Hahahahaha. You are a silly one aren’t you. Didn’t realize Kuliouou had section 8 housing, wow now I know. Things have changed yes they have.

  21. Action Jackson February 24, 2016 12:40 am

    Cougar pride huh? Is that the silly name you’re hiding behind? My best guest judging by your outlandish elementary comments is that you were in foster care or job corps growing up as a delinquent teen. It’s okay no hard feelings. We embrace those types of people at Kaisa High.
    For sure you’re not from a normal Hawaii Kai family. Judging by your temperament you in fact did dodo your panty, sorry this had to happen Cougar Pride. Oh sorry maybe it’s Waimanalo pride because I just learned Kuliouou has no section 8 housing.

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