Island Pacific came through in its first boys basketball state tournament appearance. And it sure was exciting.
Jason Brenner hit the go-ahead free throws with 8.4 seconds remaining as Island Pacific beat Seabury Hall, 55-51, in the first round of the Hawaiian Airlines Division II Boys State Championships at Kalani.
After Brenner’s free throws, the Spartans turned the ball over and Brenner was fouled with 1.4 seconds remaining. He hit both free throws to ice it for the Navigators.
Island Pacific, the Interscholastic League of Honolulu champion and No. 3 seed, plays No. 2-seeded Pahoa in the semifinals today at 5 p.m. at Kaimuki.
Theo Duplechain had 18 points and 10 rebounds for Island Pacific, and Malik Veazie and Brenner both added 13 points. Veazie hit four of the Navigators’ seven 3-pointers.
Island Pacific (12-3) had trouble dealing with the Spartans’ front line of Dylan King (6 feet 6), Jake Golm (6-3) and David Dunn (6-3). They combined for 29 rebounds. Dunn scored 12 of his 17 points in the second half and finished with 15 rebounds for Seabury Hall (8-1).
The Navigators, who started one player taller than 6-1, countered with solid 3-point shooting and by upping the tempo on the defensive end. Brenner had four steals for Island Pacific, including two key ones in the fourth period.
"We said to pick it up on defense," said Island Pacific coach Joe Payongayong. "We need more flow on offense. If we’re stagnant or hesitate, we’ll be in trouble."
In the Navigators’ 26-point fourth period, Duplechain and Brenner each scored eight points and Veazie added seven, including a pair of 3-pointers.
"He’s our shooter," Payongayong said of Veazie. "I keep telling him to shoot it."
Island Pacific scored the first nine points of the game, only to have Seabury Hall come back and take a 28-19 lead with 5:25 left in the third period.
SEABURY HALL–Dylan King 11, Shane Jacob 4, Jackson Van Buren 8, David Dunn 17, Kaleb Palmer 2, Jake Golm 9.
ISLAND PACIFIC–Dylan Yamamoto 4, Malik Veazie 13, Jason Brenner 13, Theo Duplechain 18, Jackson Durrett 7, Tyler Billman 0.
3-point goals–Seabury Hall 1 (King). Island Pacific 7 (Veazie 4, Durrett 2, Brenner).
Farrington 40, St. Joseph 33
Lancelot Williams scored 11 points to rally the top-seeded Governors past the gritty Cardinals.
Farrington led by three at the half, but St. Joseph shut down the Govs in the third quarter and led by a bucket going into the fourth period. Junior Cardinals swingman Sebastian Ohara-Saft led St. Joseph with 20 points.
Farrington faces University in one of tonight’s D-II semifinal matchups.
At Kaimuki gym
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ST. JOSEPH–Aldyn Dalere 2, Christian Kaui 6, Sebastian Ohara-Saft 20, William Scanlan-Leite 0, Dalton Kaitoku-Lucas 0, Cody Andrade 0, Thomas Fairman 5.
FARRINGTON–Anastacio Lombawa 0, Clem Rarogal 0, Jeffery Madarang 3, Michael Kleman 7, Chadey Collazo 6, Shane Cabato-Machado 2, Lancelot Williams 11, Viane Vaina 6, J.P. Saycon 3, Keoni Kiko 2.
3-point goals–St. Joseph 4 (Ohara-Saft 4). Farrington 3 (Collazo 2, Madarang).
Pahoa 68, McKinley 64, OT
Nicklas Fisher scored a game-high 22 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead the Daggers over the Tigers in overtime.
Fisher was one of four Pahoa players to tally double-digits: Sonny Miguel added 17 points, with Khalil Luis scoring 11 and Devin Gonsalves posting 10.
McKinley’s Alex Ironside finished with a game-high 23 points, followed by Jason Ramano and Lesley Machiguchi scoring 13 each.
At Kalani gym
MCKINLEY–Jason Ramano 13, Ryan Arzadon 0, Kyrell Wright 0, Jace Bolosan 0, Micah Waters 0, Andy Sombatphibane 2, Alex Ironside 23, Lesley Machiguchi 13, Rio Kwon 7, Wilhem Rivera 6.
PAHOA–Sonny Miguel 17, Christopher Mendoza 0, Devin Gonsalves 10, Khalil Luis 11, Kaohu Schweitzer 4, Lono Balai 4, Jared Peleiholani 0, Nicklas Fisher 22, Kylen Puu 0.
3-point goals–McKinley 7 (Ramano 3, Ironside 2, Kwon, Machiguchi). Pahoa 5 (Miguel 3, Gonsalves 2).
University 43, Kapaa 33
Junior guard Gui Aires scored 12 points and junior Cameron Conant added 10 points inside to help the Junior ‘Bows upend the Kauai champion Warriors. Juniors Keane Agoot and Kainoa Colipano led Kapaa with eight points apiece.
At Kaimuki gym
UNIVERSITY–Makena Suan-Rothenborg 1, Andrew Canencia 2, Eugene Malvar 0, Ryan Alvarado 2, Cobey Young-Bailey 0, Ian Akamine 0, Joseph Choy 0, Nalu O’Conner 8, Cameron Conant 10, Guilherme Aires 12, Peter Fee 0, Benjamin Keller 8.
KAPAA–Kevin Esteban 2, Willis Batol 6, Keane Agoot 8, David Kanoho 2, Kainoa Colipano 8, Daniel Reis 3, Kalalea Kauhane 0, Jude Noguchi Cruz 2, Adam Clark 2, Koa Nacolatabua 0, Lance Pepper-Miyashiro 0, Spam Lindsey 0.
3-point goals–University 1 (O’Conner). Kapaa 1 (Agoot).<