The Dolphins have survived.
Academy of the Pacific rallied from an 11-point deficit to oust Roosevelt 53-46 last night in the Division I opening round of the Hawaiian Airlines/HHSAA Boys Basketball State Championships.
A crowd of nearly 2,000 watched at Farrington’s Richard Kitamura Memorial Fieldhouse.
Micah Dunhour, a 6-foot-5 senior, came through with 6-for-6 shooting at the free-throw line in the final 44 seconds to seal the win. He finished with 22 points and seven caroms. Moritz Krume was a key factor on the boards, finishing with eight rebounds to go with 17 points.
Dunhour was exhausted by game’s end after playing nearly every minute. The Dolphins kept their cool even after a slow start.
"Coach (Wally Marciel) told us, ‘We know what we have to do,’ " Dunhour said. "Roosevelt’s real scrappy. Kaipo (Pale) is a beast down low."
"Pale is a heckuva player. He plays 32 minutes and never stops going," he said. "I’m happy we got the win. The road doesn’t get easier."
AOP, the third-place team from the ILH, will meet Moanalua tonight in a quarterfinal at Farrington.
Pale finished with 16 points, 14 rebounds and five blocks to lead the Rough Riders.
"I’m disappointed," the 6-4 senior said.
Roosevelt seemed on the verge of an upset win after zooming to a 19-8 lead.
"We slacked off. We weren’t playing defense," Pale said of AOP’s rally. "We thought we had the game and let ’em do whatever they wanted to do. We weren’t rebounding."
AOP, a former D-II program that moved up to D-I this year, had a 47-38 lead with 2:10 left, but nearly saw it evaporate. Roosevelt’s J.J. Mariano (13 points) knocked down two treys from the right wing to bring the Rough Riders within 49-44 with 29 seconds left.
"That was my fault," Dunhour admitted of the defensive lapse. "That was my area, but I ran back to the wrong side."
AOP turned the ball over on the inbounds pass, and a frantic chase for the loose ball left Mariano with it for a wide-open 3-point try from the right wing. This time, his shot was short, and Dunhour hit two foul shots for a 51-44 lead with 18.8 seconds remaining.
Pale drove for a basket with 10.6 seconds to go, but Dunhour put the game out of reach by making two more foul shots with 8.2 seconds left.
Roosevelt’s halfcourt man defense had AOP off balance in the first 10 minutes. After reserve forward Pono Patoc hit a 17-footer, the Rough Riders led 19-8 early in the second quarter.
Foul trouble plagued Roosevelt’s posts, including big, athletic Asten Koki. AOP got the benefit of bonus free throws for most of the second quarter. Dunhour and Krume, a 6-6 junior, combined for 13 points, including a two-handed dunk by Krume on a post move, as AOP rallied to take a 27-21 lead going into halftime.
AOP’s trapping defense gave Roosevelt problems most of the night. Wilson Macleod came in and had three steals in the span of 2 minutes in the fourth quarter. One takeaway led to a layup and another led to a backdoor layup by Krume for a 43-34 lead with less than 5 minutes to go.
From there, Roosevelt battled despite fatigue and leg cramps for point guard Agaese Tago.
Coach Steve Hathaway was emotional after the game.
"I’m proud of my guys. They tried their best," he said. "It seemed like some calls changed during the game, but AOP adjusted and we didn’t. We went cold. AOP is a great team. I wish Coach Wally the best."
ROOSEVELT–Isaiah Visoria 0, Micah Ikari 0, Ese Tago 9, J.J. Mariano 13, Brendan Nakatani 2, Pono Patoc 2, Kaipo Pale 16, Asten Koki 4, Troy Nakasuji 0, Nicholas Samifua 0, Rahni Fisher 0.
ACADEMY OF THE PACIFIC–Michael Urcia 2, Moritz Krume 17, Micah Dunhour 22, Wilson MacLeod 2, Kona Makaula 3, Drew Vienna 7, David Daniel 0, Marshall Gourley 0.
Three-points goals–Roosevelt 3 (Mariano 3), AOP 1 (Dunhour).
Kamehameha 86, Baldwin 38
Micah Christenson poured in 19 first-half points and the Warriors shot 7-for-17 from beyond the 3-point arc for a 50-14 lead at intermission en route to an easy win.
Kamehameha, runner-up from the Interscholastic League of Honolulu, finished 12-for-27 from the arc.
Christenson finished with 21 points, six boards and four rejections. He also drained three treys.
"I’m pleased. We had a long 10 days off," Kamehameha coach Jesse Nakanishi said. "We talked about being relentless. They were like caged animals."
The Warriors’ fullcourt pressure took a toll on the Bears, who had 11 turnovers by the half.
"That’s the key: the tempo, getting easy offense off our defense," Nakanishi added.
Frank Ho came off the bench to score 16 points for Kamehameha, last year’s state-tourney runner-up. Ho drilled three of his four 3-pointers in the first half.
Dyrbe Enos had five assists before leaving midway through the third quarter. Forward Charlton Tang and Brandon Orpillia, another reserve guard, added 10 points each.
Gabriel Ross led Baldwin, the Maui Interscholastic League runner-up, with 12 points. Timothy Pang added 11 points.
The game was close for 2 minutes. The Bears switched out of their man-to-man defense and into a zone to counter Christenson, a 6-foot-6 senior.
Kamehameha then went into zone-busting mode, raining in 3-pointers for the rest of the first half. They went on a 29-4 run.
Kamehameha improved to 21-7 overall (12-2 ILH).
At Richard Kitamura Memorial Fieldhouse
BALDWIN–Kealii Pacheco 3, Gabriel Ross 12, Kyson Kaiama 0, Kama Anderson 0, Sean Endo 0, Kona Sarmiento 2, Timothy Pang 11, Jacob Aki 6, Tyler Arbogast 2, Brad Bowlin 0, Teva Eldredge 2, Adrian Garces 0, Sione Finau 0.
KAMEHAMEHA–Dyrbe Enos 6, Shane Matayoshi 3, Frank Ho 16, Micah Christenson 21, Brandon Orpillia 10, Davis Achong 3, Makoa Camanse-Stevens 4, Trent Park 0, J.T. Campbell 2, Charlton Tang 10, Gavin Lagrange 4, Shane Yoshida 2, Zerin Parker 5.
3-point goals–Baldwin 3 (Aki 2, Pacheco). Kamehameha 12 (Ho 4, Christenson 3, Orpillia 2, Enos 2, Matayoshi).
Kahuku 82, Hilo 56
Senior Shairone Thompson had 22 points and 15 rebounds as the Red Raiders outmuscled the Vikings in a first-round game at McKinley gym.
Kahuku (13-5) advances to a quarterfinal match with No. 4-seeded Lahainaluna (13-2) at 5 p.m. today at McKinley.
Hilo (12-4) will play the loser of the Mililani at 3 p.m. in a consolation game at McKinley.
Thompson, a 6-4 forward, tossed in eight points and pulled down five rebounds in the second quarter as the Red Raiders outscored the Vikings 22-8 to build a 41-26 lead at the half. Kawehena Johnson added six of his 18 points on a pair of 3-pointers in the quarter.
Kahuku expanded its lead to 25 points at 61-36 with 1:23 to play in the third quarter, which the Red Raiders dominated 22-17.
Hilo cut the deficit to 67-52 with 5:38 to play in the fourth quarter on a 3-pointer by junior guard Rico Loeak, but that was as close as the Vikings came. Kahuku eventually rebuilt the lead to 28 at 82-54 in the final minute.
Senior Randan Berinobis, a 6-foot guard, led the Vikings with 19 points and six rebounds. Loeak added 12 points and six rebounds.
At McKinley gym
HILO–Kristian Martinerz 2, Brett Ebanez 0, Kamuela Patnaude 2, Jodd Carter 7, Kamaka Lewis 0, CJ Salvador 0, Rico Loeak 12, David Alvarez 0, Brandon Tanoue 2, Kalei Amorin 5, Isiah Fonseca 4, Kian Kurokawa 0, Randan Berinobis 19, Austin Dante 0, Kainoa Kawaha 3.
KAHUKU–Evan Ramirez 4, Kawehena Johnson 18, Samala Afalava 7, Tyrone Brown 0, Reed Salanoa 0, Mua Malufau 8, Kai-Kamalii Saniatan 0, KJ Uluave 6, Danny Aki 0, Bronson Beatty 6, Mekeli Fiso 7, Shairone Thompson 22, Sam Ching 4.
Three-points goals–Hilo 3 (Loeak, Berinobis, Carter). Kahuku 4 (Johnson 3, Malufau).
Radford 52, Mililani 50
Senior Nahshon George, a 6-foot-6 forward, scooped in the game-winner after rebounding his missed shot with 6 seconds to play to lift the Rams over the Trojans into the state quarterfinals.
After junior Alex Bumgarner tied the game at 50 with a 3-pointer with 25 seconds left, Radford worked the ball to George, who drove and missed a shot from close range. But he rebounded his miss and scored.
After a time out, Mililani got the ball to Hassan Richardson, who passed to a streaking Bumgarner, who missed a tough running shot from the left baseline with a second to play.
George finished with 16 points and 18 rebounds.
Next up for Radford (14-3), the OIA’s No. 5 seed in states, is top-seeded ‘Iolani (13-1) at 7 tonight at McKinley.
At McKinley gym
RADFORD–Tony Reid 16, Glenn Castil 0, Wayne Keys Jr. 0, Steven Watkins 6, Nahshon George 16, Zachary Pelzl 6, Dorsey Norris 4, Jeromy Castro 0, Roscoe Kalilikane 0, Tevita Baravilala 4.
MILILANI–Damon Shimabukuro 0, Ryan Jacobs 0, Brady Spiridigliozzi 10, Kaimihoku Wilson 6, Joshua Lenchanko 10, Robert Griffin 0, Alex Bumgarner 8, Riley Borges 5, Hassan Richardson 11, Christian Baltazar 0.
Three-points goals–Radford 3 (Reid 3). Mililani 2 (Bumgarner 2).