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‘Iolani escapes with state championship over Kamehameha in controversial finish

  • (Video by Paul Honda / phonda@staradvertiser.com)

    It was the most dramatic, controversial finish in the history of Hawaii. Kalina Obrey's miraculous 29-foot 3-point shot at the buzzer would have tied the score at 52 with top-seeded 'Iolani in the title game of the Snapple/HHSAA Girls Basketball State Championships. After five minutes of review, officials made their determination. The shot came a fraction of a second after time expired and was ruled no basket -- even though the horn sounds after the shot is released. It is the correct call, according to the book.

  • CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM

    ‘Iolani guards Lily Lefotu Wahinekapu and Taylor Wu put up a wall of defense around Kamehameha forward Kalina Obrey on Saturday.

  • CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Kamehameha-Kapalama guard Camille Feary dribbles as ‘Iolani guard Taylor Wu defends.

  • CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM

    ‘Iolani Raiders react as a buzzer shot made by Kamehameha-Kapalama forward Kalina Obrey was counted after the clock timed-out. The officials later ruled in favor of ‘Iolani.

  • CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM

    The Kamehameha-Kapalama Warriors wept after officials ruled that a buzzer shot made by forward Kalina Obrey was invalid.

It was a surreal moment, as Kamehameha’s bench emptied and players celebrated, and simultaneously, ‘Iolani’s bench also cleared as the girls began celebrating at midcourt, believing that Kalina Obrey’s 29-foot 3-pointer was too late. Read more

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