Third and final day of the ILH-OIA Challenge is underway. (Why ILH before OIA in the title? Alphabetical order.)
At Moanalua High School
Farrington 64, Kamehameha 56
Saint Louis 64, Kalani 61
Punahou 70, Kahuku 55
Maryknoll 64, Moanalua 50
Maryknoll 75, Kalani 40
Punahou 64, Moanalua 52
Kamehameha 59, Kahuku 44
Farrington 64, Saint Louis 58
Friday’s scores (tournament win-loss record)
Saint Louis (2-1) 56, Kahuku (0-3) 53
Punahou (3-0) 49, Kalani (0-3) 46
Farrington (3-0) 90, Maryknoll (2-1) 83, OT
Kamehameha (2-1) 56, Moanalua (0-3) 47
League-versus-league results: ILH 9, OIA 3
Kamehameha 56, Moanalua 47, final
Noa Kinimaka came out firing in the fourth quarter, sinking back-to-back treys to lift the Warriors to victory.
Fatu Sua-Godinet led Kamehameha with 17 points and Jaycob Smith tallied 14. Jamaal Willis scored 15 and Antoine Hines had 13 for Moanalua.
Moanalua 39, Kamehameha 37, end third quarter
Na Menehune fouled Fatu Sua-Godinet as he shot a tough runner from 3-point range at the buzzer. He sank two foul shots.
Moanalua 29, Kamehameha 24, halftime
Elo Badua’s 25-foot trey from the top at the buzzer opened Na Menehune’s lead at the break.
Farrington 90, Maryknoll 83, final (OT)
Jacob McEnroe scored on a layup downcourt as the Govs broke Maryknoll’s press. Spartans played valiantly, but ran out of weapons in overtime.
McEnroe, a 6-3 senior, was a force inside and on the offensive glass. He finished with 23 points. Isaiah Smith led the Govs with 26 points and Isaiah Visoria added 10.
Josh Burnett led Maryknoll with 34 points. Kaleb Gilmore scored 20 before fouling out on a technical foul in the fourth quarter, and Kamakana Winquist added 11.
This game was truly EPIC. Looking forward to editing the game video and post-game interviews. We may not see a finer game all season.
Farrington 88, Maryknoll 81, OT, :27
Isaiah Smith, the former Maryknoll Spartan, went coast to coast for a three-point play to open the lead to eight points.
Tyson Kaloa hit the first of two foul shots for Maryknoll. Time out, Govs.
Farrington 85, Maryknoll 80, OT, :44
Mason Semisi with a soft turnaround J in the paint, then Isaiah Visoria hits a 26-footer as the shot clock expires for an 80-75 lead.
Josh Burnett attacked quick and hit one foul shot
Brandon Floyd scored on a loose ball to bring Maryknoll within 80-78, but Tua Unutoa drained a corner 3 and Isaiah Smith hit a baseline J.
Farrington 75, Maryknoll 75, end of regulation
Isaiah Visoria lost the ball in the final seconds as he began to drive from midcourt, picked it up and missed a 44-foot prayer at the buzzer. Here we go, overtime!
Farrington 75, Maryknoll 75, :14.5
Josh Burnett with a miraculous 24-foot trey from the right wing with Jacob McEnroe draped on him, tying the game. Time out, Farrington.
Farrington 75, Maryknoll 72, :30
Jacob McEnroe’s follow bucket on a miss by Isaiah Visoria pushed the Govs’ lead to three points. Time out, Maryknoll. The play came after Josh Burnett lost the inbounds pass at midcourt. Maryknoll fouled with :20 on the shot clock, giving Farrington a fresh 35 seconds.
Farrington 73, Maryknoll 72, 1:33
Baseline J by Isaiah Visoria has the Govs back in the lead. That came after Josh Burnett had hit two foul shots. A foul-line J by Visoria had given Farrington a 69-68 lead just moments earlier.
With Kaleb Gilmore out (fouls), the onus is on Maryknoll’s reserve guards. Or they can give the ball to Burnett and clear out. That seems to work.
Maryknoll 67, Farrington 64, 3:57
Kaleb Gilmore was called for a technical foul with 4:19 left in regulation after posturing (?) after hitting a tough lefty layup. It was his fifth foul and a tough turn for Maryknoll. Gilmore had just scored eight points in the fourth quarter at that point.
Maryknoll 63, Farrington 60, 4:42
Kaleb Gilmore playing strong since returning to the game with four personal fouls. He’s hit four free throws and driven for a bucket. Govs look stiff in their halfcourt set, no strong post-ups, nobody calling for the ball. Just standing around and settling for off-balance runners from the wing.
Isaiah Smith came through with three free throws after being fouled by Burnett.
Farrington 52, Maryknoll 51, end third quarter
Isaiah Visoria drove for a layup that bounced once on the iron before falling as the quarter ended. Jacob McEnroe playing big on the offensive glass, getting the Govs second and third chances, including a feed to Isaiah Smith for a big 3 in the last minute of the third.
Maryknoll guard Kaleb Gilmore sat much of the third with his fourth foul. I think the bench questioned the fourth, and I don’t recall him getting four, either.
Frantic pace in the first four minutes of the third, several missed layups. A delay to check the scorebook (twice, I think) helped both teams catch their breath. Spooky moment: a Farrington big man (Mason Semisi) was called for pushing off, and Josh Burnett of Maryknoll slapped the ball out of his hands during the dead ball.
Semisi is 6-5, 290 and slow to anger, but he walked after Burnett. Cooler heads stepped in before anyone got hurt. Why Burnett did something as silly as that, who knows.
Farrington 34, Maryknoll 34, halftime
Great battle between two teams that haven’t lost yet in this tourney. Josh Burnett’s driving baseline shot rolled in at the buzzer to tie it at the half.
The Spartans sent Burnett (two fouls) back on the floor to start the second and he came through with five points, including a smooth corner 3. But Jacob McEnroe scored four points in a row, including a dish from Isaiah Visoria for a dunk in traffic.
Still very little fullcourt pressure by Farrington, probably wisely so. They might try it with Kaleb Gilmore off the floor, which is rare.
Farrington 14, Maryknoll 13, end first quarter
Isaiah Visoria on a drive and dish to Mason Semisi for a layup before the quarter ends to give the Spartans the lead. Josh Burnett picked up his second foul with less than a 1 minute left in the first quarter. Right to the bench.
Spartans coach Kelly Grant has shown a tendency to get very conservative when Burnett, his best defensive player, gets in foul trouble. (Remember the Maryknoll-‘Iolani stall-ball game last year? ‘Iolani stalled, Maryknoll chose to sit back and won 15-13.)
No platoon system for Farrington. No fullcourt press either. Instead, Coach Allan Silva has the Govs in an extended 1-2-2 zone, understandable because of Maryknoll’s streaky long-range shooters.
Extremely humid today. Cool breeze starting to filter in. Third game in three late nights for these two state-title contenders. Cramps?
Farrington vs. Maryknoll
Someone asked me here at Moanalua gym if this would decide who’s No. 1 in the upcoming Star-Advertiser Top 10. I have no idea. Punahou seems like the team to beat, to me… but everybody’s beatable this year. Farrington has one loss (to Punahou at the Alegre) and Maryknoll has a loss to McKinley, though Josh Burnett was a DNP and Kaleb Gilmore hurt an ankle (third quarter).
For now, both teams are 2-0 in the ILH-OIA Challenge.
Punahou 49, Kalani 46, final
The Falcons had a chance to tie, but Alex Tulangpulan’s corner 3 was off the mark at the buzzer. Good battle by the Falcons, who lost to the Buffanblu 76-55 just a week ago.
Daniel Andrews, Punanou’s 6-7 senior, led with 14 points. Justin Kam and Kanawai Noa added eight points each in a slowdown game that took Punahou out of its run-and-gun tempo.
Brandon Roberts led a balanced Kalani attack with eight points.
Punahou 49, Kalani 44, :47
Falcons haven’t conceded. Their press produced some steals, and Ace Faumui hit two layups, followed by a 3 from Alex Tulangpalan.
Punahou 44, Kalani 34, 4:36
Falcons got within 39-34, but Daniel Andrews converted a steal into a layup to help the Buffanblu regain a double-digit lead.
Punahou 38, Kalani 30, end third quarter
The Buffanblu bench came up strong again, sparking an 8-1 run in the third. Justin Kam and Kanawai Noa hit buckets to help open the lead to double digits.
Falcons got a putback by Cory Mitchell with a second left to pull within eight.
Punahou 26, Kalani 19, third quarter, 5:10
These teams met last week at the Alegre Invitational and Punahou won 76-55. This time, the Falcons are more deliberate in their halfcourt offense.
Saint Louis 56, Kahuku 53, final
Good rally by the Red Raiders, who got nine fourth-quarter points from freshman sharpshooter Keanu Akina. Saint Louis hit just enough at the foul line to pull it out.
Nineteen points by Jimmy Nunuha III and 12 from Ihaka Johnson.
Freshman Savuta Avae led Kahuku with 17 points and Hirkley Latu hustled for 13.
Kahuku 37, Saint Louis 35, end third quarter
Soli Afalava pounded his way inside for seven points in the third as the Red Raiders regained the lead. Both teams playing hard, but running on fumes. Saint Louis’ tireless guard, Jimmy Nunuha, rested most of the third.
Kahuku 22, Saint Louis 22, halftime
Red Raiders led for most of the half, but the Crusaders kept scrapping back. Saint Louis came out flat and tired — not surprising considering the lateness of the games. Last game has ended around 10:30 each night, can’t be helped with a 4 p.m. first game.
But Kahuku has the longest distance each day, so their energy level is impressive. Saint Louis not pressing much today. Kahuku’s press in action. Freshman Samute Avea, a 6-foot-2 guard, has nine points on three treys for Kahuku.
Jimmy Nunuha III has seven points for Saint Louis.