Final game of the night on day two of the Hawaii Self Storage Black and Gokd Classic pits University against host McKinkey. The Junior Rainbows have just eight in uniform but they’re a cohesive bunch from what I saw at Kalani’s summer league. The Tigers will be playing without Dan Villejo, their leading scorer last season. He is back from a knee injury but hasn’t been cleared to play yet. Starting guard Kyle Moraga is also not playing.
Tigers lose Huthifa Abdel-Juwad after he picks up two fouls and then a third on a technical foul. He was complaining to an official about contact on a shot he took during a drive.
They trailed 13-4 but are hanging close at 13-9 now. UHS’ fullcourt press is stifling McKinley and Micah Agcaoili’s third trey has his team up 20-11.
UHS leads 22-13 after one period.
Tigers hanging tough with a lineup of 5-foot-9 and under guys. They chopped away at the foul line with UHS over the foul limit and cut the lead to 26-22. Two fastbreak buckets have UHS up 30-22 with 4:08 left.
UHS starting to lose focus after a no-call (foul) on a follow shot and a few cheap fouls away from the basket on the other end. Whether the calls are perfect or not, this isn’t an ideal trend for any team with just eight players suited up. Both teams were in the double bonus in the first half.
Scrappy Tigers have the lead down to 44-40. Good news for UHS is they buckled down, bad news is they’re over the foul limit already.
‘Bows getting a spark from reserve Radyn Kaleikini, who has six points and a blocked shot in this quarter. UHS leads 52-40