Spartans maintain undefeated record
OLINDA – The difference between undefeated and winless in Maui Interscholastic League Division II boys basketball is small.
Four-time defending champion Seabury Hall survived a test from Lanai on Friday night at the Erdman Athletic Center with a 54-46 win.
Jaxson Stinger scored 23 points and Cameron King added 17 for the Spartans (5-0) who led just 49-46 with 31 seconds to play after a technical foul on the Seabury bench led to four quick points for the Pine Lads (0-5).
“All the teams have the potential to beat any other team,” Spartans coach Louis Turbeville said. “These guys have some great shooters, their kids hustle, they’re aggressive – and if you’re not fully prepared, anybody can win.”
Stinger, a 6-foot-4 junior, had 11 of the team’s 14 points in the third quarter, while King, a 6-3 senior, had 15 of the Spartans’ 18 points in the fourth.
“They put a lot of pressure on us, so I’m pretty pleased with our handling of the ball,” said Turbeville, whose team has five players 6-3 or taller. “I wish we had worked it into Jaxson a little bit more because he does have a size advantage. Cameron came on at the end. We played very decent defense as a team and that helped us stay in front.”
Marcus Koep hit a pair of free throws and Kealoha Kahananui drove the lane to bring the Pine Lads within three after the Spartans’ technical – then King went back to work.
He hit two free throws with 25 seconds left to make it 51-46, then grabbed a rebound and went 3-for-4 in two more trips to the line in the final ticks.
“I think the kids are hungry, all during the preseason, all building up to the regular season,” Lanai coach Jimmy Fernandez said. “They all want to play the best in Division II and we came here to prove something tonight and I think we did. We just have to play basketball, be confident from the beginning of the game and try to see if we can come back.”
The Pine Lads were hampered by foul trouble – Kerl Manuel fouled out with 7:05 left in the third quarter after he committed his fourth foul with 4:55 left in the second.
Koep finished with 12 points and four fouls. Kahananui had 12 points and three fouls, and Jestonie Molina had 10 points and three fouls.
“We came back, played hard again,” Fernandez said. “They have got a player, a slasher (Stinger) who can pick up those rebounds. We didn’t block out as well as we should have. My tallest guy is 6-2 and I only have one of those. We have to really show that we are blocking out or those guys will just reach over us.”
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Jestonie Molina 10, Derec Kahananui 2, Kerl Manuel 3, Kealoha Kahananui 12, Marcus Koep 12, Cody Patterson 0, Christian Etrata 7.
SEABURY HALL (54)
Duncan Harrisson 7, Nyck Yashiro 0, Cameron King 17, Jordan Haylor 2, Michael Chasen 0, Rip Pahukoa 3, Bryce Barbier 2, Jaxson Stinger 23.
Lanai …………….. 11 ….. 7 ….. 11 ….. 17-46
Seabury Hall ….. 13 ….. 9 ….. 14 ….. 18-54