Not far from a live lava flow…
Pahoa’s boys team continued its perfect (6-0) preseason and is drumming up a lot of well-deserved attention as the state’s Cinderella story. The small school in Puna added another proverbial feather to its hat by defeating Waiakea 42-36 on Friday in the semifinal round of the St. Joseph Cardinal Clifford Dias Classic in Hilo.
Keinan Agonias scored 14 points and Tolby Saito added 12 for the Daggers. They will face Saint Louis, which jumped to a 17-3 lead and defeated Kamehameha-Hawaii 63-45 in the other semifinal. Ihaka Johnson, named MVP of last week’s Surfriders Holiday Classic, scored 18 points and Jimmy Nunuha III added 10 for the Crusaders. Mahalo to Josh Pacheco for the scores and statistics.
Last week, Pahoa defeated Kaiser in the final of the Keaau/Waiakea Tournament.
The Pahoa-Saint Louis game is scheduled to begin at 9:30 p.m. That should give the Crusaders plenty of time to enjoy this afternoon’s Heisman Trophy presentation (aloha, Marcus Mariota).
• St. Joseph Cardinals Clifford Dias Classic
Semifinal: Pahoa 42, Waiakea 36
Semifinal: Saint Louis 63, Kamehameha-Hawaii 45
Consolation: Honokaa 72, St. Joseph 67
> H—Shyrome Batin 21 points; Jonathan Charbonneau 17; Wesley Salboro 13. SJ—Cole DeSilva 32; Manato Fukuda 19.
Consolation: Hilo 56, Ka‘u 33
> H—Dominic Padasdao 19, E.J. Narido 13. K—Brian Gascon 16.
Championship: Pahoa vs. Saint Louis
Third place: Kamehameha-Hawaii vs. Waiakea
Fifth place: Hilo vs. Honokaa
Seventh place: St. Joseph vs. Ka‘u