Top-seeded ‘Iolani and rival Punahou have tipped off as the championship game is underway. The first quarter ends tied at 8.
Jared Lum scored five points, including a tough, twisting layup in traffic, to help Punahou stay close. But ‘Iolani got the edge with Robby Mann attacking the rim (five points) and Zach Gelacio hitting a three (five points in the quarter).
Possible big call happened in the final second of the half when Punahou’s Maninoa Tufono grabbed an offensive board and went up for a shot. It was swatted by Hugh Hogland, who was whistled for a foul. Replay showed minimal contact and, of course, Raider fans went ballistic. Tufono missed the FTs with :00.2.
‘Iolani led 30-23 when Punahou’s Hunter Lee fouled Gelacio in the backcourt. Gelacio got up firing words at Lee and was whistled for a technical foul. Chris Kobayashi hit the technical FTs, but Punahou couldn’t get closer than five.
Mann drove for smooth lefty scoop shot, 32-25. TV time out, 3:15, ‘Iolani 32-25.
IOL leads 37-29 after three.
Hunter Lee and Zayne Chong swish 3-point bombs and cut the lead to 39-35. Time out, IOL, 5:15.
After Chong worked a pick and roll with Troske for a lob and layup, it was 39-37. Hogland travels with the ball on the low post as a double team arrives. Punahou ball, time out, 3:37.
Kobayashi’s foul-line jumper curls out, IOL ball. Gelacio fouled, hits the first of a 1-and-1, 40-37, 1:50. Time out, PUN.
Chong’s 22-footer misses just an inch long with with 10 seconds left. It would’ve given Punahou the lead. IOL closes out with FTs to claim the title.
FINAL: IOL 45, PUN 40.