There is a minimum of mercy in the Oahu Interscholastic Association playoffs, which begin on Wednesday.
Unlike the Interscholastic League of Honolulu, which has an automatic state-tournament berth for the regular-season winner (Mid-Pacific) and a double-elimination format in the playoffs, the OIA leaves no room for defeat. The single-elimination format rewards late-season play — the hottest teams.
Wednesday’s opening round is, as usual, a play-in situation. Winners advance to the quarterfinals. Losers are done for the season.
From there, it’s a run-the-table necessity for any team eyeing the OIA crown. Quarterfinal losers do benefit from that itty-bitty bit of leniency: they fall into the losers bracket, four teams in all, to play for the fifth and sixth state berths alloted to the OIA.
Waipahu (W5) vs. Kalani (E4), Kahala Community Park, 3 p.m.
> Winner plays at Campbell (W1), Thursday, 3 p.m.
Roosevelt (E6) at Pearl City (W3), 3 p.m.
> Winner plays at Kaiser (E2), Thursday, 3 p.m.
Radford (W6) at Moanalua (E3), 3 p.m.
> Winner plays at Mililani (W2), Thursday, 3 p.m.
Castle (E5) vs. Leilehua (W4), Fred Wright Park, 3 p.m.
> Winner at Kailua (E1), Thursday, 3 p.m.
Note: Thursday quarterfinal winners earn state-tournament berths.
Radford/Moanalua-Mililani winner vs. Castle/Leilehua-Kailua winner, CORP, 3:30 p.m.
Waipahu/Kalani-Campbell winner vs. Roosevelt/Pearl City-Kaiser winner, CORP, 30 minutes after first semifinal
Radford/Moanalua-Mililani loser vs. Castle/Leilehua-Kailua loser at higher seed, 3 p.m.
Kalani/Waipahu-Campbell loser vs. Pearl City/Roosevelt-Kaiser loser at high seed, 3 p.m.
Note: Friday consolation-bracket winners earn state-tournament berths
Fifth-place game at higher seed, 1 p.m.
Third-place game at higher seed, 1 p.m.
Championship game, CORP, 30 minutes after Division II (White) final
Nanakuli (5) vs. Farrington (4), Joey DeSa Field, 3 p.m.
Waialua (6) vs. Kalaheo (3), Kailua Community Park, 3 p.m.
Semifinal: Nanakuli-Farrington winner at Aiea (1), 3 p.m.
Semifinal: Waialua-Kalaheo winner at Kapolei (2), 3 p.m.
Note: Winners earn state-tournament berths.
Championship game, time TBA