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Punahou defeats Kailua to advance to quarterfinals

The Buffanblu unleashed their 2-2-1 press on Kailua, turning a back-and-forth battle into a 76-40 rout in the opening round of the Heide & Cook/HHSAA Boys Basketball State Championships on Monday night at Hemmeter Fieldhouse.
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Kailua guard Skyler Unten (11) shoots the ball over Punahou forward Ayndra Uperesa-Thomas (4).
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Kailua forward Maddox Pung (4) fights for possession with Punahou forward Evan Porter (1).
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Kailua forward Maddox Pung (4) shoots the ball over Punahou guard Noah Macapulay (10).
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Punahou guard Dash Watanabe (20) drives to the basket around Kailua guard Skyler Unten (11).
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Punahou head coach Darren Matsuda gestures from the sideline during the first half of a boys basketball game against the Kailua Surfriders in the first round of the 2024 HHSAA state tournament.
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Kailua head coach Wally Marciel gestures from the sideline during the first half of a boys basketball game against the Punahou Buffanblu in the first round of the 2024 HHSAA state tournament.
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Kailua center Noa Donnelly (30) shakes hands with forward Maddox Pung (4) after a basket against the Punahou Buffanblu.
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Punahou forward James Taras (12) drives to the basket over Kailua forward Maddox Pung (4).
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Punahou guard Noah Macapulay (10) puts defensive pressure on Kailua guard Tyler Parker (10).
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Punahou forward Evan Porter (1), and forward Kekai Burnett (33), bottom, fight for the rebound with Kailua guard Skyler Unten (11), right, and center Noa Donnelly (30).
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Punahou forward Ayndra Uperesa-Thomas (4) is pressured by Kailua guard Skyler Unten (11), left, and forward Dylan Kunz (23).
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Punahou forward Ayndra Uperesa-Thomas (4) blocks a shot attempt by Kailua guard Tyler Parker (10) during the first half of a boys basketball game in the first round of the 2024 HHSAA state tournament.
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Punahou forward James Taras (12) drives to the basket ahead of Kailua center Noa Donnelly (30).

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