Just a couple of minutes until tip-off. If Saint Louis wins, a state-tourney berth is theirs. If Kamehameha wins, UH-ohh… The logjam for second place could turn out to be a logjam for first by week’s end.
Saint Louis started five reserves and I don’t know why yet. The starters entered with 3:02 left in the first quarter with STL trailing 6-3. They went on a 6-0 run to regain the lead.
The Crusaders led 14-10 entering the second quarter. Then it was Tristan Nochols time. He scored all 13 of his first-half points during the second quarter. Though Saint Louis led 22-12, the home team rallied for a 29-27 lead on a Kobe Young corner 3.
Saint Louis finished the half with and 7-0 run, all the points coming from the big finesse guy, Nichols. He has two steals and six rebounds. STL leads 34-29 at the half.
The Warriors rallied to win despite being outplayed early on. Kaeler Kahana drove relentlessly to the rim and scored 21 of his 23 points in the second half.
Peter Hanohano-Hashimoto’s wing 3 with 1:05 left gave Kamehameha a 70-68 lead. Nichols tied the game with a layup but Fatu Su’a-Godinet’s free throw with 3.1 seconds left made it 71-70.