Sidon helps Lunas rally to 55-45 overtime win
LAHAINA – Marvin Sidon was not too concerned when his Lahainaluna High School boys basketball team fell behind by 10 points to start the second half on Wednesday night.
“I wasn’t worried at all,” said the 5-foot-4 Sidon after a 55-45 overtime win over Maui High. “We practiced hard all week, so we knew – we have a lot of confidence.”
After a 12-4 preseason record, the Lunas lost their first two Maui Interscholastic League games.
After an exhilarating win over the Sabers at Lahainaluna’s gym, the Lunas have won three in a row to move within one-half game of first place in the MIL Division I race.
“That was really fun,” said Sidon, who scored a game-high 16 points and had five steals. “We knew we had to win this game to get back into it for the second round.”
Maui High is also 3-2 in MIL play, just behind Baldwin (3-1).
“They are pretty tough, they have a really deep bench, so it’s hard to get some rest when they are coming at you,” Sidon said.
Lahainaluna led 28-24 at halftime, but Maui High scored the first 14 points of the third quarter, a run capped by a 3-pointer by Marques Baclig, to take a 38-28 lead with four minutes left in the period.
Ryan Madera, who had 13 points, scored the next six points for the Lunas as they pulled within 41-36 at the end of the third period.
Sidon hit a 3-pointer to start the fourth quarter and Lahainaluna took a 43-42 lead on a drive through the lane by Nick Vierra with 1:19 left in regulation.
Josh Chapital hit a pair of free throws to give the Lunas a 45-42 lead with 12 seconds left, but the Sabers’ Ginel Mateo hit a 3-pointer from the corner off the backboard at the buzzer – it was Mateo’s only points of the night.
In overtime, the Lunas outscored the Sabers 10-0. A Madera putback made it 47-45, Sidon grabbed his last steal and drove in for a layup to make it 49-45 with 1:31 left.
Vierra, Chapital and Sidon each made a pair of free throws down the stretch to put things away. Vierra finished with six rebounds.
Lahainaluna coach John Dudley said he cannot take many more games like this – his team beat Baldwin 38-37 on Saturday behind a full-court run by Chapital with eights seconds to go.
“(The Sabers) came out in the first half on fire,” Dudley said. “Absolutely on fire. We hoped it wouldn’t continue. We just didn’t come out in the second half ready to play. . . . They came out aggressive and scored the first 14, but I have to hand it to our guys – they didn’t give up. Kept on coming back, coming back, coming back.”
Dudley smiled when he said, “Maui High made that banker three, and, you know, some teams would have just given up and said, ‘It’s not our night,’ but we have a lot of character on our team.”
The boisterous pep band and crowd of about 500 took turns chanting “defense,” “let’s go Lunas,” and the Florida State Seminoles’ chant.
Maui High coach Lloyd Leverett tipped his cap to the home team and its raucous fans, comparing it to an NFL crowd.
“We got a little shorthanded because we lost our ballhandlers,” he said. “But other than that, it was a good game. The noise, it is like playing in Seattle (against the Seahawks).”
The Sabers’ Tristan Nichols scored 12 points and Daniel Fonseca also had 12 – all on 3-pointers.
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Maui High (45)
Joshua Viloria 0, Ginel Mateo 3, Denzell Quines 3, Jake Frazee 1, Jomar Dela Cruz 0, Kainalu Randle 9, Tristan Nichols 12, Daniel Fonseca 12, Marques Baclig 5.
Nick Vierra 8, Marvin Sidon 16, Joshua Corpuz 2, Josh Chapital 6, Peni Taufa 4, Cyrus Kama 6, Ryan Madera 13.