One week can make all the difference.
Sixth-ranked Kamehameha-Hawaii made a turnaround at the free-throw line, hitting 27 foul shots for a stunning 63-54 win over No. 5 Punahou last night in the semifinals of the St. Francis/Merv Lopes Hoops Classic.
A vocal crowd of about 500 at Manoa Valley Recreation Center saw the Buffanblu stumble against the Warriors’ fullcourt and halfcourt traps. Over the course of the second and third quarters, the Buffanblu committed 14 turnovers and were outscored 26-11 despite a significant size advantage in the paint.
KS-Hawaii’s backcourt of Shaun Kagawa and Lanaki Apele were the driving forces to a balanced attack. Kagawa, a sophomore, had 14 points — 11 in the second half. Apele was sidelined with early foul trouble, but came back to handle the ball efficiently against Punahou’s on-ball pressure. He finished with 15 points, including 9-for-10 shooting at the charity stripe in the final quarter.
Kamehameha-Hawaii, 12-1 overall, avenged its lone loss. The Warriors fell to the Buffanblu 52-46 last week at the Punahou Invitational. That night, KS-Hawaii shot 7-for-19 from the line. This time, the Warriors shot 75 percent (27-for-36), including an impressive 17-for-20 in the fourth stanza.
"We wanted it more today," Apele said. "We put a lot of practice into shooting the past week."
Kagawa, in particular, is playing far more confidently since last week.
"I felt good. We’re just having fun," said Kagawa, who hit some difficult, hang-time layups against Punahou’s trees. "Our defense creates our offense."
At one point, Punahou was 3-for-17 at the line and finished 7-for-22. It was the biggest difference in the game.
Jayce Carvalho, a crafty 6-foot-3 pivot, tallied 14 points, eight boards and three assists as the hub of KS-Hawaii’s press-breaking offense.
Malik Johnson had 12 points, 11 rebounds and four assists for Punahou (15-4 overall). Center DeForest Buckner, one of three Buffanblu to foul out, had 12 points, three boards and five blocks. Lowell Tong added 10 points for Punahou, which finished with 19 turnovers and shot 41 percent (21-for-51).
Kailua 48, Kamehameha II 45
In the other semifinal, Rhys Nakakura and Kila Zuttemeister scored 11 points each as the Surfriders escaped with a win. Kailua led 27-17 at the half, but saw it dwindle to one point after a torrent of turnovers and iffy shot selection.
Kailua will meet KS-Hawaii in tonight’s final.
MERV LOPES/ST. FRANCIS SCHOOL HOOPS CLASSIC
Marynoll 43, La Pietra 19
Leading scorers–Mar: Ashley Agcaoili 18. LP: Solote Lopes-Liutolo 10.
Mid-Pacific 50, LeJardin 24
Leading scorers–MP: Ashley Yamachika 11. LJ: Kelsey Tanouye 10.
Christian Academy 45, St. Francis 39
Leading scorers–CA: Rachel Tokuda 15. SF: Ashley Kupau 8.
Kamehameha-Hawaii 60, Mt. Douglas 33
Leading scorers–Kam: Katelynn Peleka-Kennedy 28. MD: Carly Sangha 15.
Kahuku 91, Castle 64
Leading scorers– Kah: Shairone Thompson 26. CA: Josh Kong 15.
Kapolei 40, Christian Academy 23
Leading scorers–Kap: Devyn Knight 14. CA: Jason Ocol 8.
Farrington 60, Kalaheo 48
Leading scorers–Far: Viane Vaina 19. Kal: Shem Sukumaran 19.
Saint Louis 50, St. Francis 41
Leading scorers–SL: Acen Cabral 15. SF: Austin Ursua 15.
Damien 42, Houston 37
Leading scorers–Dam: Lonn Iwashita 20. Hou: Beau Frank 12.
Leilehua 65, Pearl City 41
Leading scorers–Lei: Trenton Morales 10. PC: Kailon Sabate 10.
ILH Division II Boys
Island Pacific 69, Maryknoll 57
Malik Veazie and Jackson Durrett poured in 18 points each to lead the unbeaten Navigators past the winless Spartans.
At Maryknoll gym
|Island Pacific (4-0)||14||13||17||25||—||69|
Island Pacific–Dylan Yamamoto 15, Tyler Billman 0, Kennedy Wilson 5, Jackson Durrett 18, Christian Yagi 0, Jason Brenner 13, Malik Veazie 18, Colt Wallace 0.
Maryknoll–Travis Patoc 14, Jordan Thomas 13, Conrad Chong 4, Kevin Bratt 0, Bandon Hinck 5, Jeremy Talbo 6, Neil Nolan Santos 4, Mitchel Mizuguchi 0, Kevin McLain 4, Bradford Lum 3, Ian Morocco 2, Kaelen Hirashiki 2, Brian Silva 0.
3-point goals–Island Pacific 3 (Durrett 2, Veazie). Maryknoll 3 (Thomas 2, Lum).
Girls junior varsity
Kamehameha Blue 37, Mid-Pacific 34
Punahou Gold 35, Punahou Blue 34
OIA Red Girls
No. 10 Kaiser 56, Kahuku 52
At Kahuku gym (Tuesday)
|Kaiser (8-2)||15 14 11 16–56|
|Kahuku (3-7)||12 10 18 12–52|
KAISER–Micaela Bitanga 5, Kristi Arellano 3, Kiani Kaahaaina 4, Kiana Nakai 0, Tiana Miyashiro 0, Meleana Adams 15, Daryn Vorderbruegge 0, Shelby Pa 2, Makana Bordern 12, Darcey Goulsby 15, Courtney Phillips 0.
KAHUKU–Fiatagata Tailele-Latu 8, Tihane Kamae 0, Seiko Schwenke 2, Rachel Tailele 11, Jaelynn Kaio 4, Jessica Falemalu 7, Temutisa Te’o 1 , Allyson Te’o 2, Tyra Williams 4, Suva Tapusao 3, Manaia Afalava 0, Joshy Noga 2, Mata Tonga 8.
3-point goals–Kaiser 4 (Adams 2, Arellano, Bordern). Kahuku 3 (Tailele, Falemalu, Tapusoa).