Govs 5-0 after 72-57 win over No. 6 Kailua

Farrington's Raefe McEnroe scored a basket in the fourth quarter against Kailua. Photo by Bruce Asato/Star-Advertiser.

The last time an OIA Division II boys basketball team looked this solid, the Farrington Governors rolled to a state title with a dynamic playmaker named McEnroe.

The year was 2011 as Jacob McEnroe sparked the Govs to the D-II state crown with a 58-45 win over Pahoa in the final. Seven years later, his younger brother is paving a similar path for the running Govs. Raefe McEnroe had 21 points and eight rebounds in a 72-57 runaway victory over No. 6 Kailua on Friday night.

No. 9 Farrington is now 5-0 in the Oahu Interscholastic Association East. Top 10 teams Moanalua, Kalaheo, Kahuku and, now, Kailua, have fallen to the Govs. Three of those four games were at home, and Farrington proved its toughness on the road by winning at Kahuku’s gym on Wednesday.

Farrington? Is it possible the best team in the OIA is not a D-I program?

First, the breakdown of the win, giving Kailua its first OIA East loss after four wins.

>> Farrington shot 27-for-54 from the field (50 percent and limited Kailua to 35 percent (16-for-46). The visitors were 4-for-19 in the first half, missing numerous shots in the paint against Farrington’s front court of McEnroe (6-3), Christian Havea (6-3) and Pono Roberts (6-2).

>> The Govs’ box-and-one defense featuring Aaron Bagaoisan and Modesto Bacaltos on Kailua’s Everett Torres-Kahapea was very effective in the first half. Torres-Kahapea did not take a shot in the opening quarter and had just four points by halftime. He finished with 19 points on 4-for-9 shooting from the field and 11-for-12 at the free-throw line.

>> Farrington stormed to a 26-15 lead by halftime even though McEnroe had just two points. The Govs patiently ran their offense against Kailua’s man-to-man defense.

Bagaoisan tallied 16, including four fastbreak layups in the second quarter. His defense, though, was game-changing. It’s the same approach Farrington took against Kailua a year ago.

“That’s my game, defense,” he said. “Our big guys get the rebounds, and Aemon (Kurt Castro) and Felly (Ahadain) make the passes.”

McEnroe isn’t looking too far ahead. With another Top 10 win, he isn’t surprised that his teammates are clutching up.

“We show time and time again we’re a consistent team. It’s not a fluke. We work hard in practice and it shows in the game,” he said. “The team is not centered around me and Christian. We have other talented players. If you stop me for a half, another man can drop 20 on your head right there.”

The biggest cheer on a night filled with wild flurries and clutch shots by both teams came when 6-4 senior Shayden Tatupu-Timu swished a free throw in the final minute of play.

Coach Steven Leopoldo‘s team will host Kaimuki on Tuesday and Anuenue on Friday. Then it’s away games at Kaiser and Roosevelt, a home finale against Castle, and a road battle at Kalani. The reality of finishing first in the East is not so far away.

“Yeah. Our spirit is raised and our confidence level is up,” McEnroe said. “It’s a good experience playing these D-I teams, showing them we’re not just a D-II team.”


  1. HeeHaw January 12, 2019 9:42 am

    I hope the Govs go undefeated in league play and show how unrealistic D1 and D2 is in State basketball….

  2. Mahatma Gandhi January 12, 2019 10:21 am

    HeeHaw, the best teams in the state are all ILH teams. They taking the OIA’s best players. I remember the day when Radford and their fine popolo players dominated the OIA. They was in the state semis every year for 8 years in a row 1966 to 1974. Their last state basketball championship in 1989, all popolo starting 5 led by Troy McCoy and Lamont Davis. They used to own OIA track and field too. But that was during the Cold War with the USSR. I gotta wonder if Pearl Harbor reduced their personnel levels after the Cold War. Who knows? I remember all the star popolo football players for Radford. Homer Jones, RB for BYU. Al Harris of Leilehua, top 5 player in the NFL draft. Adrian Murrell, also of Leilehua, 3 consecutive 1,000 yard rushing season s in the NFL. Jeris White of Radford who was a 2nd pick in the NFL.

  3. What! January 13, 2019 10:36 am

    Farrington going beat Damien for the States! lol

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