Hawaiian Airlines/HHSAA Boys Basketball State Championships
Saturday, Mar. 6, 2010
Stan Sheriff Center
Final: Pahoa 41, Kailua 38
Freshman Nick Fisher scored 17 points and senior Isaiah Ekau amassed 12 points, 13 rebounds and three steals as the Daggers (12-16) stunned the Surfriders to capture their first state championship in basketball.
Center Jordan DeCorte had 14 points and seven boards to lead Kailua (21-13), runner-up in the state and Oahu Interscholastic Association White Conference. Rhys Nakakura added 10 points and Corey Lau had eight points, four assists and two steals.
The Daggers had a two-point lead midway through the final quarter before Ekau hit a short jumper and Fisher hit two foul shots for a 37-31 lead.
Nakakura hit a 3-pointer, but John Byrd hit two foul shots to keep Pahoa ahead 39-34 with 31 seconds to play.
Nakakura was fouled by Fisher on a 3-point try, and the Surfrider hit two free throws to bring his team within 39-38 with 13 seconds left.
Fisher then hit both free throws on a double bonus with 2.7 seconds left for a 41-38 lead. Lau fed Nakakura for an open 3-pointer from 27 feet out, but the shot missed at the horn.
Kailua found the going rough against Pahoa’s sticky 2-3 zone. The Surfriders shot 30 percent (13-for-43) from the field, including 3-for-21 from the 3-point arc. They shot 9-for-13 at the foul line.
Pahoa shot 43 percent from the field (16-for-37) and 55 percent at the line (6-for-11).
Pahoa outrebounded Kailua 30-25. Kailua had just six turnovers to Pahoa’s 11.
Third place: Kapaa 55, Academy of the Pacific 37
Stephen Greenleaf scored 18 points on 9-for-12 shooting as the Warriors took command in the second half. Willis Batol added 10 points and seven boards, and Kekoa Colipano had nine points and four of his team’s 11 steals.
Micah Dunhour paced AOP with 15 points, nine rebounds and three steals, but had 10 of his team’s 20 turnovers. Simon Koch added 12 points, 10 boards and three blocks.
Kapaa’s superior quickness neutralized AOP’s height advantage, and the Warriors opened an 11-point lead in the third quarter.
AOP cut into the margin, but Stephen Greenleaf hit a one-hander in the paint and Kekoa Colipano rained in a 3-pointer from the right wing just before the end of the third. The Warriors led 39-28 going into the fourth.
Kapaa shot 42 percent from the field (26-for-62) and had a 34-32 rebounding edge.
AOP shot 35 percent (13-for-37) from the field and 65 percent from the foul line (11-for-17).
Fifth place: St. Joseph 48, Roosevelt 42
Jacob Andrade scored 16 points and Thomas Fairman tallied 15 points, 14 rebounds and two blocks as the Cardinals pulled away in the second half.
Sebastian Ohara-Saft added 11 points for St. Joseph (24-7), the tourney’s third seed.
Top-seeded Roosevelt (20-8) got 14 points and 15 rebounds from center Kaipo Pale. He also blocked four shots.
Brendan Nakatani added 10 points and three steals.
The Cardinals broke the game open in the third quarter with key 3-pointers from senior Hunter Lee and sophomore Sebastian Ohara-Saft.
Ohara-Saft’s trey from the corner with 5 seconds left capped a 14-6 run and gave the Cardinals a 35-27 lead.
Roosevelt got within 35-33, but Jacob Andrade drilled a 22-foot trey and scored off a steal in a 10-second span to extend the Cardinals’ lead to seven with 4 minutes left.
After Thomas Fairman hustled for a putback, St. Joseph led 42-33 with 2:54 remaining.
The Cardinals shot 40 percent from the field (18-for-45) and 47 percent at the line (8-for-17).
Roosevelt shot just 29 percent from the field (15-for-51) and 55 percent from the line (11-for-20). Roosevelt had the advantage on the boards, 39-36, and committed just 10 turnovers to St. Joseph’s 13.
Paul Honda, Star-Bulletin