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Punahou, Saint Francis win state basketball titles


    Punahou head coach Darren Matsuda, right, smiled as his team hoisted the championship trophy.


    Led by guard Kameron Ng, left, Saint Francis defended its Division II state championship.

Punahou turned on the heat and its pressure defense to stifle Kahuku in a 64-37 runaway win in the final of the Snapple/HHSAA Boys Basketball State Championships tonight at Stan Sheriff Center.

Tamatoa Falatea scored 12 points off the bench, center Duke Clemens added 10 and Punahou shot 51 percent (23-for-45) from the field. Cole Mausolf, Cole Arceneaux and Hunter Hosoda added nine points each for the Buffanblu (29-4 overall including nonconference games).

Punahou fell in the Division I state title games of 2016 to ‘Iolani and ’17 to Kahuku.

Tolu Smith, Kahuku’s 6-foot-10 senior, finished with 23 points, 14 rebounds and five blocks.

Earlier tonight, Kameron Ng scored 11 of his 29 points in a pivotal second quarter as St. Francis overwhelmed Damien 76-52 to repeat as Division II state champions.

Ng’s younger brother Kordel added 15 points and seven rebounds, and Bryce Nishida added 11 points for the Saints (29-3 overall including nonconference games).

Lindon Sevilleja scored 12 points, Crumel Mooring had 11 and Kolin Galdiano added 10 for Damien.

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