LIVE BLOG: OIA/ILH Challenge day 2

At Moanalua High School
Wednesday’s scores
Farrington 64, Kamehameha 56
Saint Louis 64, Kalani 61
Punahou 70, Kahuku 55
Maryknoll 64, Moanalua 50

Thursday’s scores
Maryknoll 75, Kalani 40
Punahou 64, Moanalua 52
Kamehameha 59, Kahuku 44
Farrington 64, Saint Louis 58
Updated league-versus-league results: ILH 6, OIA 2

Friday’s games (tournament win-loss record)
4 p.m. Kahuku (0-2) vs. Saint Louis (1-1)
5:30 p.m. Kalani (0-2) vs. Punahou (2-0)
7 p.m. Farrington (2-0) vs. Maryknoll (2-0)
8:30 p.m. Kamehameha (1-1) at Moanalua (0-2)

Maryknoll coach Kelly Grant dispels some wisdom during an early free throw.
Maryknoll coach Kelly Grant dispels some wisdom during an early free throw.

Kalani looks overmatched in the first game of the second day of the tournament at Moanalua, falling behind 21-8 midway through the second quarter. Joshua Burnett scored the first eight points for the Spartans, and Kaleb Gilmore took over after that with six straight points.

Burnett has 14 points with 3:20 left in the first half.

Maryknoll took a 17-8 lead at halftime.

Kalani opened the tournament with a close loss to Saint Louis while Maryknoll beat host Moanalua. The shot clock is not a factor in this one, both teams are running at every opportunity and hoisting up shots. Maryknoll leads 33-16 with 1:24 left in the half.

Kalani point guard Cory Mitchell is unfazed by Maryknoll’s taller guards, he has zipped past them and finished in the lane at least three times. He wouldn’t be able to do that against last year’s Maryknoll crew with Tobias Schramm.

Halftime: Maryknoll 36, Kalani 18. Burnett has 16 points.

The Spartans waste no time running the margin to 20, making it 42-22 on a basket in the lane by Sam Ahn with 5:42 left in the third. The Spartans have since run the score up to 46-22, Burnett has only needed to contribute one of the baskets.

Moanalua players just walked by and greeted their Punahou counterparts on their way to the locker room. Those teams will play in the next game.

Gilmore is taking his turn running the show now, hitting a 3-pointer to make it 52-24. The Spartans give up an open 3 on the other end, though, and Maryknoll coach Kelly Grant winces like his team just lost the entire lead.

Burnett makes a basket down low and is fouled, running the margin over 30 to 58-27. Kalani calls a timeout before he can shoot his free throw with 1:44 left in the third quarter. Burnett misses it. He has missed at least four today.

Third quarter ends with Maryknoll up 60-29. Burnett has 22 of Maryknoll’s points. Punahou makes its way through the wrestling room and into the locker room.

Kalani calls timeout with 5:54 left, down 67-31. Burnett sitting on 24.

Burnett and the rest of the starters appear to be finished for the evening, their shoes are off. Reserves are handling the playing time just fine, leading Kalani 70-38 with 2:34 left.

Maryknoll’s Darin Miyamoto buries a 3-pointer with 30 seconds left and Maryknoll buries Kalani 75-40. Punahou and Monalua coming up in 10 minutes.

Punahou opens with bombs on its first two possessions and leads 6-0. Punahou ups it to 9-3 as the teams trade 3-pointers, but Moanlaua closes and calls a timeout with 1:27 left in the first down 11-8. Punahou is being very deliberate while Na Menehune are running and getting their baskets off turnovers.

And the Buffanblu have plenty. Moanalua’s Zach Puulei hits a jumper off another Punahou turnover and the public school goes into the second quarter up 12-11.

The teams trade baskets to begin the second quarter, but Daniel Andrews ends it with a free throw before Moanalua calls timeout down 16-14 with 5:33 left in the half. Andrews has all five of Punahou’s points in the quarter and is at the line for one more.

And how quickly things change. Moanalua turns it over six straight times and the Buffanblu take advantage of it, going into halftime with a 28-20 lead. Dayson Watanabe has seven points for Punahou, two of them after drawing a foul with a second left on the shot clock, and Moanalua’s Jamaal Willis has six. Andrews scored all eight of his points for Punahou in the second quarter.

Moanalua can run and gun all it wants, but it can’t stop Andrews from cleaning the glass on the offensive end. Andrews puts in two more baskets and Punahou leads 32-22 with 5:35 left in the third quarter.

Andrews puts another one back for his 14th point and Punahou leads 34-24 with 4:07 left in the third. Hines tries to fight Moanalua back into it with a drive for two and a corner 3, but Punahou’s Justin Kam slows it with a 3-pointer from the top of the key. Hines cuts it to seven with another corner 3, Andrews takes a break and his replacement, Semisi Uluave, commits a turnover the first time he touches the ball.

Willis hits a free throw and Moanalua goes into the fourth quarter down 39-33 but holding the momentum.

Punahou steals the momentum back behind Watanabe, who scores six straight points to make it 55-42 with 4:09 left in the game. Moanalua responds by turning it over. Na Menehune call a timeout with 3:18 left down 55-44 after a nifty drive and reverse layup by Hines.

Moanalua calls a 30-second timeout with 1:02 left down 59-46. This one is pretty much over. Moanalua had no answer for Andrews inside, especially when he is kicking it out to teammates on the wings who are capable of burying it. Andrews adds two more free throws and Punahou leads 61-50 with 32 seconds left. Ma’a at the line for two with two seconds left. Punahou wanted to milk it but Moanalua didnt quit. final: 64-52 Punahou.

Kahuku and Kamehameha coming up next.

The Warriors run out to a 12-4 lead, it seems Kahuku is off to the same slow start it got off to last year. It has grown to 16-6 with 1:40 left in the first quarter, I will pick this back up after halftime.

Kamehameha up 38-21 at the half and has blown it wide open with a 47-24 lead with 5:09 left in the third. Kamehameha wins easily, 59-44.

Saint Louis and Farrington up next.

Farrington 18, Saint Louis 12, end first quarter
Jerry’s hit the road after a long day here in muggy Moanalua gym. This is Paul here. Got here after watching/covering the first three games at the ‘Iolani Classic. Did not want to miss THIS game.

Farrington’s pressure defense is giving Saint Louis a bit of the hiccups. The Crusaders have a solid three-guard rotation, but the Govs excel at applying pressure.

It’s an interesting matchup of teams that are pushing the tempo this year, doing a lot less halfcourt, walk-it-up basketball. Jacob McEnroe had the highlight of the first quarter with a breakaway dunk. Van Hugo has made the difference with a couple of 3-point bombs.

Farrington 36, Saint Louis 23, halftime
Interesting second quarter. The Govs’ second unit — Coach Allan Silva is platooning five in, five out so far — was dominant. They outscored Saint Louis 9-0 to start the second quarter for a 27-12 lead before the first unit returned, and they did it with strong post defense and a quick fastbreak. Williams and Unutoa could easily be starters. Nice problem for the Govs, being this deep.

Saint Louis made a mini-run and cut it to six or so, but the first unit made some solid stops and got some layups.

Farrington 64, Saint Louis 58, final
Farrington led 61-50 with 2:51 left and hung on after a valiant comeback try by the Crusaders.

Isaiah Visoria led the Govs with 16 points. Van Hugo added 11, including three treys, and Jacob McEnroe scored nine while hitting the offensive glass hard.

Jimmy Nunuha III led the Crusaders with 18 points. Haka Johnson tallied 15 and Kevin Marks added nine as Saint Louis lost for the first time.


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