Kalaheo, Leilehua earn top seeds in OIA boys basketball playoffs

Kalaheo’s Kanoa Smith (3) went up for a shot with Kahuku’s Loren Nakauciri (14) and Robbie Sauvao (23) defending in the second quarter of the Mustangs' only loss in the regular season. Kalaheo got the No. 1 seed out of the East in the OIA playoffs when Kahuku lost to Kaiser on the final night of the regular season. Photo by Bruce Asato/Star-Advertiser.

The final day of the OIA boys basketball regular season on Thursday shook up the league playoff bracket.

Leilehua’s 50-49 victory over Mililani gave the Mules the No. 1 seed in the West with the previously undefeated Trojans dropping to the No. 2 seed. Both will receive a first-round bye and open their playoffs in the quarterfinals on Wednesday.

In the East, Kahuku needed a win to lock up the No. 1 seed, but lost to Kaiser, giving Kalaheo the No. 1 seed. The Red Raiders dropped to the No. 2 seed.

Defending champion Moanalua is the No. 3 seed in the East and will host Campbell in one of four first-round games in Division I on Tuesday. In the other matchups, Kaiser will host Pearl City, Kapolei will host Kailua and Kalani will travel to play at Radford.

Roosevelt and Nanakuli are the top seeds in Division II.

The full schedule is below.

OIA Playoffs

Updated: Feb. 12
First round
2/4Kapolei (W4)Kailua (E5)Kapo, 34-31
2/4Moanalua (E3)Campbell (W6)Moan, 56-34
2/4Radford (W3)Kalani (E6)Rad, 52-41
2/4Kaiser (E4)Pearl City (W5)Kais, 59-38
2/5Kalaheo (E1)KapoleiKalh, 60-39
2/5Mililani (W2)MoanaluaMoan, 73-48
2/5Kahuku (E2)RadfordKah, 69-43
2/5Leilehua (W1)KaiserLei, 40-39
Consolation semifinals—At Higher Seed
2/10MililaniKapoleiKapo, 41-40
2/10RadfordKaiserKais, 55-27
Semifinals — At McKinley
2/10KalaheoMoanaluaMoan, 59-51
2/10KahukuLeilehuaKah, 59-58
Fifth place—At Higher Seed
2/12KapoleiKaiserKais, 39-33
Third place—At Higher Seed
2/12LeilehuaKalaheoLei, 63-50
Championship — At McKinley
2/12MoanaluaKahukuMoan, 56-48
2/4Waipahu (W2)Kaimuki (E3)Kaim, 61-50
2/4McKinley (E2)Waialua (W3)McK, 54-33
2/5Roosevelt (E1)KaimukiRoos, 61-54 (OT)
2/5Nanakuli (W1)McKinleyMcK, 40-23
Championship— At McKinley
2/12RooseveltMcKinleyRoos, 43-41
* — @ Roosevelt


  1. SweatyMurphy February 1, 2020 6:17 am

    Unless the HHSAA has changed its state tournament playoff seeding, last year showed us that it is better to be the OIA runner-up than it is to win the OIA championship because when you win the OIA, you get placed on the side of the bracket with two ILH teams instead of one.

  2. RJ February 1, 2020 11:02 am

    I got Kailua, Moanalua, Radford, and Kaiser winning in round 1. Then Kalaheo, Moanalua, Kahuku, and Leilehua winning in round 2. I got Kalaheo-Kahuku for the OIA title. Championship game will be a toss up.

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