POSTED: 1:30 a.m. HST, Dec 21, 2012
LAST UPDATED: 2:27 a.m. HST, Dec 21, 2012
The ‘Iolani boys basketball team can beat a lot of Hawaii teams when it leaves its 3-point shooting in the locker room, but it doesn’t have a chance against the defending national champions.
Not even close.
The Raiders went 2-for-23 from beyond the arc and were blown out by Oak Hill (Va.) 62-30 in the quarterfinals of the ‘Iolani Classic on Thursday night.
“Thus far this season we haven’t shot very well,” ‘Iolani coach Dean Shimamoto said. “We have got a lot of second-chance opportunities but against Oak Hill you don’t get those. What’s promising is that we are getting a lot of open looks, but we have to work harder and knock them down.”
‘Iolani hit the first bucket of the game when Marc Ma got an easy layup on a pass from Andrew Okimura, but the Warriors made sure that was an anomaly. ‘Iolani scored only one more basket in the first quarter to tie it at 4-all, and Oak Hill forced ‘Iolani into six turnovers and led 17-4 after one quarter.
The Raiders were 0-for-12 from long range in the first half and didn’t hit their first 3-pointer until Ikaika Phillip buried one with 55 seconds left in the third quarter, but the Raiders were already down by 26 at that point. Drew Uchiyama hit ‘Iolani’s other 3-ball to open the fourth quarter, but it failed to ignite a shooting spree.
“A team like Oak Hill makes you rush a little bit,” Shimamoto said. “Once the kids settle down a little bit I think we will be fine.”
Senior Troy Williams, who has signed with Indiana, led Oak Hill with 17 points and had as many (13) as the entire ‘Iolani team in the first half. He didn’t play in the fourth quarter. Rokas Gustys, a 6-8 junior center, added 11 for the Warriors. Phillip led ‘Iolani with eight points.
Oak Hill pressed the Raiders a little bit, giving them open shots when they were able to move the ball away from the pressure. A few of their slick passes had La Lumiere coaches on the baseline gasping in admiration. ‘Iolani stayed with its formula of substituting 5-for-5 throughout.
“We kind of wanted them to shoot to keep the clock running,” Oak Hill head coach Steve Smith said. “They are a good team, very well coached, and they probably knew that we had some advantages on them but they played hard.”
Smith’s Warriors, who are 29-1 in the tournament in eight appearances, get La Lumiere next after blowing out ILH powers Kamehameha and ‘Iolani on the first two days. The Lakers are a completely different animal, though.
“Those guys are impressive,” Smith said. “They have got the inside and outside game both going and they are going to be a challenge. We are going to have to play a lot better defense than we have the first two days.”
La Lumiere (Ind.) 96, Yates (Texas) 60
The Lakers scored on 30 of their 38 possessions in the first half with only three turnovers to blow out the smaller Lions.
Sam Logwood led La Lumiere with 28 points despite missing half of his free throws (6-for-12), and Jalen James added 21 while hitting all of his (7-for-7).
Darrion Martin led Yates (Texas), which plays ‘Iolani today at 3:30, with 18 points, 10 of them in the first half.
Montrose Christian (Md.) 43, John Carroll (Md.) 28
The Mustangs showed off a stifling defense and shut down the Patriots.
Jordan Swopshire led Montrose Christian with 17 points and Mark Williams added 14. Rodney Elliott managed to hit three 3-pointers and lead the Patriots with 12 points.
Montrose Christian will play Findlay Prep in today’s 8 p.m. semifinal. The Pilots made enough free throws down the stretch to hold off Coolidge (D.C.) 73-63 late Thursday night.
‘Iolani Classic consolation
Kalaheo 66, Tsinghua 45
Kamehameha 55, McKinley 48
Hilo 53, Kahuku 48
Moanalua 45, Kapolei 33