And then there were four.
St. Francis, Maryknoll, Tesoro (Calif.) and host Punahou emerged as the final four qualifiers on Thursday night at the Punahou Invitational. St. Francis and Maryknoll will meet in tonight’s 6:30 p.m. semifinal. Punahou will play Tesoro in the 8 p.m. semifinal.
St. Francis 66, Sequoia (Calif.) 61
Kameron Ng’s 31 points, including 15-for-18 at the free-throw line, boosted the Saints over the Cherokee. Kordell Ng added 11 points, including 9-for-12 at the charity stripe, and Bryce Nishida tallied 10 points.
Ziggy Lauese, Sequoia’s 6-foot-6 center, sat for more than half of the game with foul trouble. He still had 16 points and nine boards, including 14 points in the final quarter. Sam Schult added 14 points, Myles Nunez had 11 and Zach Bene chipped in 10. See the full game story here.
Maryknoll 49, Corona Del Mar (Calif.) 34
Isiah Gelacio went 8-for-8 at the foul line and finished with 13 points to lead the Spartans over the Sea Kings. Jaylen Cain added eight points.
Kevin Kobrine led CDM with 14 points and John Humphreys tallied nine.
Punahou 84, Hawaii Baptist 42
Kaulana Makaula led the Buffanblu with 13 points in a win over Division II HBA. Jakob Kimura added 11 points and Tamatoa Falatea chipped in 10. Zayne Chong added nine points for Punahou’s balanced scoring attack.
Max Wiemken led the Eagles with 18 points. Micah Mitchell, who splashed a buzzer-beating, game-winning 3-pointer against South Anchorage on Wednesday, finished with seven points.
Tesoro (Calf.) 52, Leigh (Calif.) 39
Kaden Garrett and Willy Duggan led Tesoro with nine points apiece. Tyler Broughton added seven.
Riley Houser scored 12 points and Ryan Shenefiel added 10 for Leigh.
Damien 68, Punahou II 52
Jydon Hall, a freshman guard, led the Monarchs with 21 points. Dimonyai Lacey and Kolin Galdiano added nine points each. Luke Bowers paced the D-II Buffanblu with 16 points. Ty Shishido added 14.
Kamehameha-Hawaii 55, Mid-Pacific 48
Nalu Kahapea scored 18 points and Isaiah Nakoa-Oness pumped in 15 to lead the Warriors. KS-Hawaii rallied from a 29-22 deficit with a 23-2 run in the third quarter.
Colin Ramos paced the Owls with 12 points, including 8-for-8 at the free-throw line.
Kamehameha II 49, Seqium (Wash.) 37
Kili McKee scored 12 points and Brandon Baniaga added 10 to lead the D-II Warriors. Payton Glasser led Seqium with 17 points.
South Anchorage (Alaska) 59, Hilo 48
Steffanno Orbase scored 18 points to lead South Anchorage. Liam Lincoln added eight points. Guyson Ogata’s 13 points led the Vikings. Kekaukahi Alameda, Jojo Balagot and Liko Medeiros added nine points apiece.
>> Game 17: Punahou II vs. Mid-Pacific, 9:30 a.m.
>> Game 18: Sequim (Wash.) vs. Hilo, 11 a.m.
>> Game 19: Corona Del Mar (Costa Mesa, Calif.) vs. Sequoia (Redwood City, Calif.), 3:30 p.m.
>> Game 20: Leigh (San Jose, Calif.) vs. Hawaii Baptist, 5 p.m.
>> Game 21: Damien vs. Kamehameha-Hawaii, 12:30 p.m.
>> Game 22: South Anchorage (Alaska) vs. Kamehameha II, 2 p.m.
>> Game 23: Maryknoll vs. St. Francis, 6:30 p.m. (semifinal)
>> Game 24: Punahou vs. Tesoro (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.), 8 p.m. (semifinal)
>> Game 25: Loser Game 17 vs. Loser Game 18, 9:30 a.m.
>> Game 26: Winner Game 17 vs. Winner Game 18, 11 a.m.
>> Game 27: Loser Game 21 vs. Loser Game 22, 12:30 p.m.
>> Game 28: Winner Game 22 vs. Winner Game 21, 3:30 p.m.
>> Game 29: Losear Game 19 vs. Loser Game 20, 2 p.m.
>> Game 30: Winner Game 19 vs. Winner Game 20, 5 p.m. (fifth place)
>> Game 31: Loser Game 24 vs. Loser Game 23, 6:30 p.m. (third place)
>> Game 32: Winner Game 24 vs. Winner Game 23, 8 p.m. (championship)