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.