LIVE BLOG: ‘Iolani Classic, day 3

Kapolei guard Ja'Shon Carter tried to maintain control as he went up for a layup against Jefferson (Ore.) in the first round of the 'Iolani Classic. Photo by Darryl Oumi/Special to the Star-Advertiser.

Day 3 of the ‘Iolani Prep Classic is quarterfinal-round time, and those games don’t start until 3:30 p.m. Consolation play tipped off at 9 a.m. I was hoping to be here, had other obligations, like a feature story on one of the top scoring guards in the islands, a couple of Top 10 polls. Good stuff.

I’ll keep posting here throughout the day and night as I shoot video. And if R.J. Barrett enters the slam dunk contest on Tuesday night, he’s the favorite. By far. As for consolation games, day 3 is often interesting because we get a lot of cross-division or interleague matchups

See complete tournament scores and updated schedules at the very bottom of this post.


Bishop O’Dowd (Calif.) 59, Greensboro (N.C.) 57, OT (quarterfinal)
Freshman Carson McCorkle swishes a clutch 3 to give Greensboro the lead, but Bishop O’Dowd’s Naseem Gaskin sinks two FTs to give his team a 56-55 advantage, and they add a basket for a three-point lead.

Greensboro’s follow shot cuts it to 58-57 with :06 left.

Bishop guard Ross Williams hits a FT for a two-point lead at :05 left.

Greensboro pushed the ball upcourt when Williams’ second FT try missed, and the ball is deflected out of bounds with .3 of a second left. Lob pass from the left corner to the paint is caught in mid-air, shot misses and officials say the game is over. Greensboro wants a foul called since the shooter fell backwards and landed on his back, but the referees stick to their no-call. Game over.

Greensboro (N.C.) 49, Bishop O’Dowd (Calif.) 49, end regulation
John Newman’s scoop shot in the lane bounced on the iron and tumbled through the twine as the buzzer sounded as Greensboro tied the game to force overtime.

Montverde (Fla.) 89, ‘Iolani 43, F (quarterfinal)
R.J. Barrett poured in 33 points as the nationally-ranked Eagles overpowered the host Raiders. Barrett scored 40 in an opening-round win over Lahainaluna on Saturday. On Monday, he played roughly 20 minutes and threw down eight dunks, including a windmill that brought some fans to their feet.

Guard Michael Devoe added 15 points, three rebounds, four assists and three steals. Filip Petrusev tallied 12 points, five boards and four dimes. Andrew Nembard had nine assists in three quarters.

Cole Ale Kadaguchi swished three treys to lead ‘Iolani with nine points.

Montverde 71, ‘Iolani 31, end 3Q
Barrett with 31 points now, including eight slams.

Montverde 49, ‘Iolani 17, halftime
Barnett has 19 points, including six dunks — including one windmill that will probably be part of his dunk-contest arsenal if he enters tomorrow night. He also has one rebound, two assists, one block and one steal. He’s shooting better tonight than he did yesterday, 2-for-3 from the arc. He played from the opening tip until around the 4-minute mark of the second quarter. I could see the Eagles electing to rest him the rest of the way. I could also see him playing the entire third quarter before sitting for the rest of the night.

Frank Felix has six points on two treys for the host Raiders.

Montverde (Fla.) 24, ‘Iolani 10, end 1Q
R.J. Barnett with 11 points, including four dunks and a trey, and a layup. Enjoy this while you can. He’ll be in the League by 2019.

Fairfax 71, Rainier Beach 55, F (quarterfinal)
Wow. The Lions were in control of this from the start.

Fairfax 62, Rainier Beach 49, 4Q, 2:44
Booker at it again with a pair of 3-point daggers in this fourth quarter.

Fairfax 44, Rainier Beach 36, end 3Q
Rainier hasn’t played well, but they might be the scrappiest team in the tourney. They refuse to collapse.

Fairfax 37, Rainier Beach 24, 3Q, 4:56
I just saw a pump fake for the first time in this entire game. Layup. Yes, by Fairfax. They’re doing everything just a little better, and 6-8 Kirk Smith and his long reach are controlling the air waves.

Fairfax 33, Rainier Beach 18, half
Shawn Booker on fire from deep for Fairfax late in the half, draining three treys in a row.

Fairfax 12, Rainier Beach 4, end 1Q
Coach Steve Baik not pleased with his team’s execution to close the quarter. But they’re leading by eight and brought their defense.

Fairfax 10, Rainier Beach 2, 1Q, 2:22
Time out by Rainier, which is out of sync and not getting any easy shots, settling for tough shots against a tough Fairfax man defense.

Fairfax (Los Angeles 8, Rainier Beach (Seattle) 2, 1Q, 4:08
Both teams running free and free-lancing, basically, in these opening minutes. And neither team has made a shot in about 3 minutes. If you like AAU basketball, you’ll love this.

Jefferson (Portland, Ore.) 73, Taft Charter (Woodland Hills, Calif.) 59, F (quarterfinal)
Jalen Brown stroked seven 3-pointers and finished with 21 points to lead the Democrats. Center Kamaka Hepa, a 6-foot-10 senior, added 15 points, Marcus Tsobonis had 13 and PG Robert Ford tallied 11.

Kihei Clark led Taft with 21 points. Brandon Wilson chipped in 16.

Jefferson 64, Taft 54, 4Q, 2:37
Battle of the presidents isn’t going away quietly. Taft Charter has battled and chipped away at the lead.

Jefferson 50, Taft 35, 3Q, 2:10
Taft cut it to 39-35, 11-0 run by the Democrats since.

Jefferson (Portland, Ore.) 19, Taft (Woodland Hills, Calif.) 9, end 1Q
The Democrats got balanced scoring and tough defense in the first eight minutes.

Kapolei 57, Kamehameha 51, F (consolation)
Isiah Higa scored on an inbounds pass with :20 left to give the Hurricanes a 55-51 lead and they hung on to upset the Warriors. Prior to Higa’s layup on a cut from the high post, Kamehameha missed multiple shots that could have tied the game or given them the lead.


Ja’Shon Carter led Kapolei with 20 points, matching his output in the team’s opening-round game. Higa finished with nine points. Kobe Young led Kamehameha with 22 points and Kamren Victorino-Kato chipped in nine.

Kapolei 38, Kamehameha 34, end 3Q
We had a track meet in the last 3 minutes of the quarter without much scoring. A lot of wasted energy, particularly for Kapolei with two unforced turnovers on the fastbreak, a bunch of missed bunnies at the rim.

Kamehameha 29, Kapolei 29, 3Q, 4:54
Mycah Pimental’s 3 sparks a 9-0 run. The Warriors tie it on Kamren Victorino-Kato’s breakaway slam. Kapolei’s biggest lead has vanished in one minute’s time.

Kapolei 29, Kamehameha 20, 3Q, 7:00
The ‘Canes score the first four points of the second half, including a difficult 12-foot baseline J by Isiah Higa and it’s a nine-point lead.

Kapolei 25, Kamehameha 20, halftime
The lead was up to seven before Kamehameha’s Kobe Young hit two foul shots to end the half. The Warriors are playing their reserves quite a bit in this game, Kamren Victorino-Kato, their slasher scorer, didn’t play more than half of the first 16 minutes, I’d guess.

Kapolei 21, Kamehameha 16, 2Q, 4:00
Kaimana Rodrigues is off to a strong start with six points in the last five minutes to help the Hurricanes take a small lead. Rodrigues is crashing the boards, cutting hard to the bucket and leaping out of bounds for loose balls. He also has one of the most unique hair styles I’ve ever seen, a sort of blonde/black ‘do, and two of his teammates, Kieran Queen-Booker and Julius Buelow, also have the big-hair look. If we do an all-hair team for the Classic, those three might be on the first team.

If it’s simplicity and a touch of flair you prefer to see at a basketball game, it might be challenging to top the blue suede shoes of Kamehameha coach Greg Tacon. Tournament co-coordinator John Tamanaha noticed the suedes. Good eye.

The consolation round today: teams are relatively fresh after having Sunday off, coaches are playing their normal rotations for the most part, and the interleague matchups truly raises the level of intensity.

Kamehameha (8-1) entered today’s game ranked No. 2 in the Star-Advertiser Top 10. Kapolei (3-3) is No. 9.

Kapolei 12, Kamehameha 8, end 1Q
Hurricanes struggled in halfcourt offense until the last two minutes of the quarter. No question their transition game is always a strength.

Maryknoll 62, Kalaheo 42, F (consolation)
Marcus Tobin scored 14 points and Isiah Gelacio had 10 to lead the Spartans. Coach Kelly Grant utilized his bench to wear down the Mustangs in the second half. Luke Pardini led Kalaheo with 12 points.

Maryknoll led 50-28, capping a massive 20-2 run in what had been a close game.

Maryknoll, ranked No. 3 in today’s Star-Advertiser Top 10, improves to 11-2. No. 8 Kalaheo dropped to 10-6.

Maryknoll 44, Kalaheo 28, end 3Q
Payton Grant spins in the lane and feeds a teammate for a deuce, then hits a wing 3 and the Spartans are on a 10-0 run for a 14-point lead. Marcus Tobin scores inside again and the lead is 42-26.

Maryknoll 35, Kalaheo 26, 3Q, 3:15
Mustangs coach Rob Pardini is livid after Maryknoll took a shot after the shot clock expired, but officials let it go. The Spartans got the offensive rebound and Isiah Gelacio splashed a wing 3 for a 33-26 lead. Moments later, Gelacio scored on a fastbreak layup and Kalaheo calls time out with 3:15 to go in the third.

Maryknoll 22, Kalaheo 22, half
The Mustangs led from the start before the Spartans chipped away and tied it.

Moanalua 55, Leilehua 51, F (consolation)
Geremy Robinson scored 13 points and DiAeris McRaven added 12 to lead Na Menehune. Liam Fitzgerald finished with 21 points and Elijah Robinson scored 13 for the Mules.

Trailing by 11 early in the fourth quarter, the Mules rallied to within 53-51 in the final 20 seconds after a blocked shot and subsequent layup by 6-foot-6 Elijah Robinson.

The Mules were whistled for an intentional foul with 4 seconds left and Moanalua freshman sank two free throws to ice the win.

Moanalua (8-4) is ranked No. 10 in today’s Star-Advertiser Top 10.

Moanalua 48, Leilehua 38, end 3Q
This was a 26-all game at halftime. Na Menehune got a reverse layup by Austin Dyer at the buzzer to open their largest lead of the game. They’re doing it the old-fashioned way: hard-nosed, scrappy man-to-man defense. Deflections. Steals. Fast and furious fastbreaks.

Lahainaluna 61, Pearl City 26 (consolation)
The Lunas led 19-10 after one quarter and 30-11 at the half en route to victory. Reece Pascua led Lahainaluna with 16 points, and Cley Josef Palma and Siale Hafoka added 12 each. Justin Pfau had 10 points to pace the Chargers.

FRIDAY, DEC. 15
‘Iolani Classic
>> Game 1: ‘Iolani 55, Pearl City 25
>> Game 2: Rainier Beach (Seattle) 99, Moanalua 53
>> Game 3: Taft (Woodland Hills, Calif.) 77, Kamehameha 48
>> Game 4: Bishop O’Dowd (Oakland, Calif.) 78, Kalaheo 54

SATURDAY, DEC. 16
>> Game 5: Fairfax (Los Angeles) 83, Leilehua 33
>> Game 6: Jefferson (Portland, Ore.) 103, Kapolei 54
>> Game 7: Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.) 95, Lahainaluna 27
>> Game 8: Greensboro Day (Greensboro, N.C.) 59, Maryknoll 33

MONDAY, DEC. 18
‘Iolani Classic
>> Game 9: Lahainaluna 61, Pearl City 26
>> Game 10: Moanalua 55, Leilehua 51
>> Game 11: Maryknoll 62, Kalaheo 42
>> Game 12: Kapolei 57, Kamehameha 51
>> Game 13: Jefferson (Portland, Ore.) 54, Taft (Woodland Hills, Calif.) 35
>> Game 14: Fairfax (Los Angeles) 71, Rainier Beach (Seattle) 55
>> Game 15: Montverde Academy (Fla.) 89, ‘Iolani 43
>> Game 16: Greensboro Day (N.C.) vs. Bishop O’Dowd (Calif.), 8 p.m.


TUESDAY, DEC. 19
‘Iolani Classic
>> Game 17: Pearl City vs. Leilehua, 9 a.m.
>> Game 18: Kalaheo vs. Kamehameha, 10:30 a.m.
>> Game 19: Lahainaluna vs. Moanalua, noon
>> Game 20: Maryknoll vs. Kapolei, 1:30 p.m.
>> Game 21: Rainier Beach (Seattle) vs. ‘Iolani, 3:30 p.m.
>> Game 22: Taft (Woodland Hills, Calif.) vs. Greensboro (N.C.), 5 p.m.
>> Game 23: Fairfax (Los Angeles) vs. Montverde (Fla.), 6:30 p.m.
>> Game 24: Jefferson (Portland, Ore.) vs. Bishop O’Dowd (Calif.), 8 p.m.
Slam Dunk Contest, est. 10 p.m.

Tournament concludes on Wednesday.

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