There are many moments when the Roosevelt Rough Riders, long and tough in the paint, explosive and effective on the arc, look like a savvy, seasoned teams.
Then there are the little boo-boos and veteran coach Steve Hathaway reminds himself than most of his starters are sophomores and freshmen. One of his seniors, Kaulana Koki, had a stellar game in the paint with 10 points, five rebounds and three blocks as Roosevelt reclaimed the OIA D-II title with a 43-41 win over McKinley on Wednesday night.
In the final seconds at McKinley Student Council Gym, it was reserve guard Jason Sur who had crucial block in the final seconds on a McKinley layup attempt by Quincy Owens-Barnes with the game at 43-41.
“Coach looks to me for defense, so I just try my best. There was no contact, so I went for it. I never blocked a shot in a game (before),” Sur said.
Drake Watanabe led Roosevelt (11-7) with 14 points, including 10 in the second quarter as the Rough Riders rallied. He had the final big play of the game with a block on Kaena Leopoldo at the buzzer after Leopoldo hustled for an offensive rebound.
“I tried to tell them to focus on (taking) charges. If they have a layup, foul them,” Hathaway said.
Hathaway had worries coming in. When the teams met on Jan. 30, McKinley got a huge night from Frank Camacho in a 51-45 win over Roosevelt. This time it was McKinley guard Noah Omori who was in a zone, pumping in seven treys and scoring 24 points.
“The last time, Camacho. made everything,” Hathaway said.
The coach hopes to have youngest son Trystan on the bench again for the state tourney. His son was there in the introductions, in his dad’s arms, when Roosevelt won the OIA D-II title in 2016.
“The last time Trystan was on the bench, Micah (Visoria) hit the 3 in double overtime. Trystan was announced with me,” Hathaway said. “He’s our good-luck charm.”
OIA PlayoffsUpdated: Feb. 12
|2/4||Kapolei (W4)||Kailua (E5)||Kapo, 34-31|
|2/4||Moanalua (E3)||Campbell (W6)||Moan, 56-34|
|2/4||Radford (W3)||Kalani (E6)||Rad, 52-41|
|2/4||Kaiser (E4)||Pearl City (W5)||Kais, 59-38|
|2/5||Kalaheo (E1)||Kapolei||Kalh, 60-39|
|2/5||Mililani (W2)||Moanalua||Moan, 73-48|
|2/5||Kahuku (E2)||Radford||Kah, 69-43|
|2/5||Leilehua (W1)||Kaiser||Lei, 40-39|
|Consolation semifinals—At Higher Seed|
|Semifinals — At McKinley|
|Fifth place—At Higher Seed|
|Third place—At Higher Seed|
|Championship — At McKinley|
|2/4||Waipahu (W2)||Kaimuki (E3)||Kaim, 61-50|
|2/4||McKinley (E2)||Waialua (W3)||McK, 54-33|
|2/5||Roosevelt (E1)||Kaimuki||Roos, 61-54 (OT)|
|2/5||Nanakuli (W1)||McKinley||McK, 40-23|
|Championship— At McKinley|
|* — @ Roosevelt|