OIA-ILH Challenge: Falcons top Warriors

Kalani guard Yamauchi drives against Kamehameha's Noah Gelacio in the fourth quarter on Friday, December 12, 2014. Honolulu Star-Advertiser photo by Krystle Marcellus
Kalani guard Yamauchi drives against Kamehameha’s Noah Gelacio in the fourth quarter on Friday, December 12, 2014.
Honolulu Star-Advertiser photo by Krystle Marcellus

Friday’s opening game at the OIA-ILH Challenge pits Kamehameha (3-1) and Kalani (2-2).

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Q1: Kalani 16, Kamehameha 7
Four 3-pointers by the Falcons against Kamehameha’s man defense.

Half: Kalani 25, Kamehameha 11
Biggest lead was 25-9 before KS’ Fatu Sua-Godinet drove for a bucket at the buzzer. Falcons’ halfcourt offense running smoothly. Coach Nathan Davis using a normal rotation. Warriors coach Greg Tacon is playing his entire roster. As he said last night after their win over Leilehua, they’re trying to see what their players can do.


Q3: Kalani 34, Kamehameha 25
Falcons switched to zone defense and Kamehameha cut the lead to eight. They went back to man after a time out.

Final: Kalani 52, Kamehameha 39

GAME STORY
Cory Mitchell scored 15 points and Jaron Yamauchi added 10 as Kalani stifled Kamehameha 52-39 on Friday at the OIA-ILH Challenge in Moanalua High School gym.

The Falcons (2-3) swished four 3-pointers in the first quarter and used a stingy man-to-man defense to take a 25-9 lead late in the second quarter.

Fatu Sua-Godinet drove for a layup at the halftime buzzer, and the Warriors went on a mini-run to cut the score to 25-17 early in the third quarter.

Kalani, which had switched to a 2-3 zone, went back to its rugged man defense and regained momentum.


Kamehameha got within 27-22 on free throws by Sua-Godinet, but got no closer.
Alex Tungpalan’s trey from the left corner opened the lead to 37-25 to start the fourth quarter, and Kalani used its motion offense to chew off chunks of time off the shot clock.

Sua-Godinet, the lone senior, led Kamehameha with with 14 points. The Warriors dropped to 3-2 in nonconference play.

The Falcons narrowed their rotation in this game while Kamehameha coach Greg Tacon continued to play his roster.

Kalani used its speed economically.

“We’re finally starting to get some chemistry,” Kalani coach Nathan Davis said. “Our guys are getting settled into this. We want to push the ball every chance we get, push it intelligently and hit the open man.”


OIA-ILH Challenge
Friday’s scores

Kalani 52, Kamehameha 39
> KLN—Cory Mitchell 15, Jaron Yamauchi 10. KS—Fatu Sua-Godinet 14.
‘Iolani 42, Leilehua 40
> I—Hugh Hogland 8, Erik Yamada 8 (two treys). L—Joseph Gouty 14, Nicholas Duran 12.
Farrington 49, Mid-Pacific 31
> F—Ranan Mamiya 13, Bryce Tatupu-Leopoldo 13. M—Drew Kargol 7, Daniel Florenco 7.
Punahou 53, Moanalua 42
> P—Dayson Watanabe 14, J.B. Kam 10, Jordan Tanuvasa 9. M—Kyrie McRaven 21.

Saturday’s games
NOTE: The first game begins at 2:30 p.m., adjusted from the original schedule.
2:30 p.m. Leilehua vs. Mid-Pacific
4 p.m. Farrington vs. Punahou
5:30 p.m. Kalani vs. ‘Iolani
7 p.m. Moanalua vs. Kamehameha

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