After a victory over Santa Margarita (Calif.), No. 2 Punahou is headed to the finals of its own invitational.
The Buffanblu’s semifinal victory pits them against Rhode Island’s Bishop Hendricksen after it edged Sequioa (Calif.), 60-56, in the first semifinal.
The championship game is set for an 8 p.m. tip-off at Punahou’s Hemmeter Fieldhouse. It will be streamed live on Punavision at http://www.punahou.edu/webcasts/index.aspx
Punahou 80, Santa Margarita (Calif) 66
A red-hot Chris Kobayashi hit seven 3-pointers and finished with a game-high 25 points to lead the Buffanblu to the finals. Zayne Chong added 18 points for the Buffanblu after going a near perfect 8-for-9 from the free throw line. Adrease Jackson and Jake Kyman scored 17 and 15 points for Santa Margarita, respectively.
Damien 56, Sherman County (Ore.) 46
Kolin Galdiano scored a team-high 18 points with four 3-pointers to lead the Monarchs past Sherman County, who were led by Isiah Coles’ game-high 24 points. Jayden Peters Delaura and Shaun Apiki added 14 points each for Damien.
Los Alamitos (Calif.) 59, Saint Louis 58
Four players scored in double figures for the Crusaders, highlighted by Noa Purcell’s game-high 15 points. But it wasn’t enough to overcome Los Alamitos’ balanced team effort as Will Henriksen was the only player to reach double digits with a 10-point performance.
St. Francis 61, Wilson (Ore.) 52
Kameron Ng (17), Noah Kurosawa (14) and Bryce Nishida (12) combined to score 43 points to lead the Saints. Maleek Elmi led all scorers with 18 points for Wilson.