Game of the night? Could be. I don’t expect Kahuku’s football guys to be sharp after finishing their championship season just two weeks ago. But Maryknoll saw leading scorer Justice Sueing Jr. transfer out.
Brian Washington, their 6-foot-6 sophomore, has a chance to shine. Kahuku appears to have no Kiwis on the team this season.
Technical foul on Kahuku during warmups for dunking.
Quarter ends with MS up 11-10. They were in a matchup zone the whole quarter.
Kahuku was switched from man defense to zone. Hirkley Latu and Bradlee Anae, each standing 6-4, were solid defensively in the first 8 minutes.
Alan Akina using his bench heavily. Maryknoll, as expected, more deliberate offensively with Sueing departed.
Reserve center Tenchi Robinson added a spark with a putback and a block in the last :15.
Kahuku leads 21-18 at the half.
Spartans open with a quick 7-0 run to regain the lead.
Offensive called on Latu after the defender appeared to hook his arm. Yikes.
Doesn’t matter. Spartans playing fast and the run is now 11-0 since halftime, 29-21.
Another 3 by Maryknoll over Kahuku’s zone and it is 32-21.
Putback dunk by Washington extends the lead to 34-22 but Latu answers with a corner 3. Guess he’s not rusty after all.
Hayato Kamata’s third trey of the quarter opens Maryknoll’s lead to 39-25. Kamata is a 6-4 senior.
Third quarter ends with Maryknoll leading 40-29.
Anae sets a perfect high screen to set Keanu Akina free for his first trey of the game. That cuts it to 41-34 and after Latu hits a FT, the lead is down to six.
Coach Kelly Grant switched his Spartans to man defense after Akina’s 3. Now he’s got them back in zone with Robinson in the middle, 6-6 Washington covering one corner and 6-3 Jordan Cain on the other against the 5-10 Akina.
Anae fouls out on an illegal screen with just over 2 minutes left and the lead 43-37. Cain swishes a wing 3.
Akina answers with a 3. Time out, maryknoll 46-40, 1:36. Offensive foul on MS but KAH misses a 3. Kamata’s hits a FT for a 47-40 lead.