LIVE BLOG: Alegre Invitational, Day 1

Lahainaluna and Kalaheo tip off the 20th Annual James Alegre Invitational at Radford High School. Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018. Paul Honda/Star-Advertiser

Mid-Pacific 58, Moanalua 43, FINAL
Elijah Kahue-Parker sinks a wide-open layup, and Kamana Lapina adds a free throw for MPI to open the lead to 11. Moanalua unable to to hit against MPI’s late-game 2-3 matchup zone. Ramos hits two free throws after getting fouled, and two more on the same play because of a technical foul on Robinson. Ramos hits those tech FTs and it’s a 15-point lead for the Owls with :36.9 left.

Ramos finished with 20 points and Kahue-Parker added 18. Lapina, who ran the point for most of the night against tough man defense by Sugiura, finished with nine points.

Robinson led Moanalua with 12 points.

Mid-Pacific 51, Moanalua 43, 2:19, Q4
Ramos sinks both ends of a 1-and-1.

Mid-Pacific 45, Moanalua 39, 5:01, Q4
Owls on a 6-0 run as Colin Ramos drives and hits a tough floater in the lane. Moanalua coach Byron Mello calls time out and implores his team “to stop being selfish.” I’m guessing he wanted some help defense on that play.

Moanalua 39, Mid-Pacific 39, end Q3
Na Menehune stretched the lead to four, but the Owls chipped away in the final 2 minutes of the third. Both teams playing rugged man defense. Solid game in the backcourt for MPI. Moanalua’s Geremy Robinson surprisingly quiet … so far.

Moanalua 28, Mid-Pacific 27, half
Owls had a one-point lead with the ball in the final :30 of the half, but got whistled for a moving screen. Then they were called for a foul on the inbounds pass and Moanalua’s Bryce Barcelona hit both ends of a 1-and-1 to give Na Menehune the lead going into the break.

Mid-Pacific 20, Moanalua 20, 3:18, Q2
6-0 run by Na Menehune to tie the game. Isaiah Sugiura with a steal for the bucket to bring Moanalua all the way back.

Mid-Pacific 11, Moanalua 10, end Q1
Na Menehune get a break when MPI rushes a shot up with :07 left. Moanalua gets an easy cherry-pick layup at the buzzer to pull within one point.

Mid-Pacific 9, Moanalua 6, 2:19, Q1
Both teams in man defense, but MPI is more patient and technical. Moanalua already has one offensive foul.

Radford 67, Honokaa 50, FINAL
Lacey leads the way for Radford with 16 points, including 10 in the first quarter. His value, though, goes far beyond scoring. Just a savvy all-around performance, very patient and high-IQ night in all aspects. Honokaa’s press was persistent and Lacey provided that safety valve much of the time.

Another sophomore, Stevenson, finished with 10 points despite committing four fouls in the first half. Matt Lukins hit three treys and finished with 12 points.

Tyler Fojas led Honokaa with 11 points.

Host Radford will play in the 7:30 p.m. semifinal on Thursday night against the Moanalua/Mid-Pacific winner. Honokaa will play in the 3 p.m. consolation slot.

Radford 55, Honokaa 35, end Q3
Dragons hustling and getting a steal here and there off their fullcourt press, but Lacey is savvy out there as a defender, rebounder, outlet passer, penetrator, scorer, disher.

Radford 37, Honokaa 21, half
It has been a foul fest with both teams in the double bonus well before halftime. Both teams are pressing fullcourt and going deep into their benches, so there’s been a lot action, at least. Stevenson picked up his fourth foul with about 4 minutes left in the half.

Radford 14, Honokaa 7, end Q1
Dimonyai Lacey has scored the Rams’ last three buckets. The former Damien standout is active and attacking the bucket, and Radford’s halfcourt execution has been good with plenty of spacing. Lacey and Emmanuel Stevenson were freshmen on last year’s Damien varsity squad.

Punahou 81, Leilehua 29, FINAL
Tamatoa Falatea with 20 points and Ryder Hsuing had 14 for the Buffanblu. Raymond Moore led the Mules with 10 points.

Punahou 69, Leilehua 22, end Q3
Buffanblu playing mostly reserves since halftime. If they finish with a win tonight, they will meet Kalaheo tomorrow in a 6 p.m. semifinal.

Punahou 46, Leilehua 15, half
Buffanblu bouncing back from Monday’s loss to Damien in the final of the Monarchs’ tournament.

Punahou 24, Leilehua 9, end Q1
Coach Darren Matsuda has played his entire lineup already. C Duke Clemens (ankle) and G/F Kona Makaula (elbow) are not suited up.

Punahou 15, Leilehua 3, 4:58, Q1
Jacob Kimura crashes the offensive board for a putback and the Buffanblu lead by 12. Punahou pressing fullcourt and Leilehua with seven turnovers already.

Punahou 6, Leilehua 0, 7:28, Q1
Time out by Leilehua after a string of steals and layups by Punahou. The game began at approximately 4:51 p.m. once Punahou’s bus arrived and both teams warmed up.

Leilehua vs. Punahou, 4:30 p.m.
Tip-off has delayed because Punahou’s bus is stuck in traffic.

Kalaheo 44, Lahainaluna 38, FINAL
Lunas miss another open 3, and then a layup try. They begin to press fullcourt with :22 left, down 43-38. Baker knocks down a FT and the Mustangs watch Lahainaluna miss one more 3-point try as time expires.

Smith, who hit that all-net halfcourt shot at the halftime buzzer, led Kalaheo with 11 points and Baker finished with 10. Nine points for Ryan Pardini.

Pascua poured in 25 points to lead all scorers.

Kalaheo advances to the semifinal round and will play in the 6 p.m. game Thursday against the Leilehua-Punahou winner. Lahainaluna will play in the consolation round on Thursday, 4:30 p.m.

Kalaheo 42, Lahainaluna 38, :51.6, Q4
Down 41-38, Lunas miss an open wing 3 with 1:10 left. Smith connects on a FT to open the lead to four with :59.5 left.

Kalaheo 38, Lahainaluna 36, 4 min., Q4
Lunas still not pressing fullcourt, but Pascua’s first 3 of the game brings them within 38-36 with 4 minutes to play. Quite a rally for Lahainaluna, which has only nine players in uniform.

Kalaheo 38, Lahainaluna 29, end Q3
Kalaheo’s Robert Thompson with a big bucket on the block to neutralize the Lunas’ momentum. This is the smallest LLHS team in years, but they’re battling.

Kalaheo 28, Lahainaluna 21, half
Lunas guard Reece Pascua has been consistently pushing the ball and his team is back in this game. The difference for Kalaheo is a pair of rainbow 3s by Aaron Baker with his Derek Fisher lefty release.

Kalaheo 20, Lahainaluna 10, end Q1
The Mustangs jumped to a 7-0 lead and Kanoa Smith swished a 50-footer from halfcourt at the buzzer to open a 13-point lead for Kalaheo.

Follow along on Twitter @pupulepaul and Facebook (Paul Honda).

Wednesday’s opening round
3 p.m. Lahainaluna vs. Kalaheo
4:30 p.m. Leilehua vs. Punahou
6 p.m. Radford vs. Honokaa
7:30 p.m. Moanalua vs. Mid-Pacific


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