Lunas edge Spartans
OLINDA – This was the first game of the season, and it looked like it for both teams.
Lahainaluna High School held on for a 49-44 win over Seabury Hall on Friday night in boys basketball action at Erdman Athletic Center.
“Absolutely, it showed,” Lunas coach John Dudley said of the opener. “We had some football players out, we shoot 12-for-24 at the free-throw line, we didn’t shoot well from the field. If we do that, we are going to have trouble.”
The guard tandem of Nick Vierra and Marvin Sidon led Lahainaluna with 14 and 12 points, respectively. Sidon added six steals and Vierra had four as they harassed their Seabury counterparts all night long.
“We were excited to finally get out here and play, finally,” said Vierra, a senior point guard who scored seven of his points in the first quarter. “We struggled on offense and defense rotations, but we got the win, so we are happy.”
The backcourt teammates are the Lunas’ captains.
“Me and him are leading this team, we are just going to play as a team and just try to play our best,” Vierra said. “I am the only senior starting so I try to pump everyone up and get them into the game and stay focused.”
Lahainaluna shot 34.6 percent from the field (18-for-52).
“We need to work on defense, not taking too many 3s, penetrating, but mostly free throws,” Vierra said. “Free throws were not good enough tonight.”
After a Jaxson Stinger putback pulled the Spartans within five points with 3 minutes, 25 seconds to play, Sidon drove hard to the hoop on successive trips and made all four of his free throws to give the Lunas a 47-38 lead with 1:49 left.
The closest Seabury would get after that was the final margin on a 3-pointer by Cameron King at the buzzer. King finished with 15 points, but no one else reached double figures for the Spartans.
“We have been practicing for about a week now,” Seabury coach Louis Turbeville said. “We have football now, so we have a lot of guys who played football, cross country – I think only two of our guys didn’t play another (fall) sport.”
Turbeville added: “There were some good things we saw. Now we know what we need to work on, but I loved the effort that we gave at the end. If we could have done that throughout the whole game, I would have been really happy.”
Dudley had five football players on the roster playing just six days after their season ended in the Division II state semifinals with a loss to Kaiser.
Lahainaluna senior Pousima Galoia, a 6-foot-4 center and nose tackle for the football team, played his first basketball game since his freshman year.
Pousima, who has accepted a scholarship to play at Western Arizona Junior College on the gridiron, has lost 35 pounds since the start of the football season and weighed in at 335 on Friday. He had four rebounds and no points in limited action.
Ryan Madera, Josh Chapital and Cyrus Kama each chipped in six points for the Lunas.
The Lunas will play 14 games before starting their Maui Interscholastic League schedule, beginning with a pair on Lanai next weekend.
“We have a bunch of great kids and these are the games that you learn,” Dudley said.
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Nick Vierra 14, Marvin Sidon 12, Brandon Agapay 1, Josh Corpuz 0, Pousima Galoia 0, Josh Chapital 6, Renzo Corpuz 2, Peni Taufa 2, Cyrus Kama 6, Ryan Madera 6.
SEABURY HALL (44)
Paxton Malek 0, Duncan Harrison 3, Fletcher Prouty 1, Nyck Yashiro 9, Cameron King 15, Jordan Haylor 0, Bryce Barbier 6, Rip Pahukoa 2, Jaxson Stinger 8.