Seabury Hall finishes perfect league season
PUKALANI – The Seabury Hall boys basketball team hasn’t made things easy on itself all season long. The Spartans did it one more time Friday night at Kaulaheanuiokamoku Gym, but just as they have all year, they found a way to win.
Seabury Hall grabbed its fifth straight Maui Interscholastic League Division II title and the MIL’s lone berth to the state tournament with a 48-43 victory over Lanai in the league tournament final.
Cameron King scored a game-high 20 points for the Spartans (14-0), including 10 in the final quarter when his team overcame a 38-33 deficit.
“My teammates did a great job of getting me open looks and we just did a good job of getting to the basket,” King said. “(The Pine Lads) have been playing really aggressively, they’ll get us really prepared for the state tournament.”
Lanai (7-7) lost by single digits in all five of its meetings with Seabury Hall this season – three of the games were decided by six points or less.
“They played great, first half, second half,” Seabury Hall coach Louis Turbeville said. “I mean, every game we have played them has been tight. They are tough.”
King said he wasn’t worried being down five points entering the fourth quarter Friday.
“Once our shots started to fall and we were able to get back on defense, we started getting more confidence,” he said.
Seabury Hall shot 15-for-35 from the field and committed 17 turnovers, but only one in the fourth quarter. Lanai shot 16-for-45 and had 15 turn-overs, including five in the final eight minutes.
After Rip Pahukoa made a free throw to open the final period, King scored on a drive to the basket to make the score 38-36 with 6 minutes, 21 seconds to play.
Lanai’s Jestonie Molina broke free for a backdoor layup for the last of his 17 points before Jaxson Stinger, who had 15 points, stole the ball and went the length of the court to get Seabury Hall within 40-38. Bryce Barbier then scored inside to tie the game with 4:37 left.
King scored the next seven points for the Spartans, on a 3-pointer and four free throws, for a 47-42 advantage with 43 seconds remaining.
“I felt like as a senior I needed to step up a little bit and try and lead my team to a victory,” King said.
Turbeville said the game came down to King outside and the 6-foot-4 Stinger inside.
“Cam has been like that all season,” Turbeville said. “We have him, we have Jaxson, who stepped up on the boards tonight for us big time. I think it was just the team getting (King) the ball – he stepped up at the end.”
The Pine Lads have not been to the state tournament since 2008.
“Our boys, I think they played the best game that they could have,” Lanai coach Jimmy Fernandez said. “We hit a lot of shots, we missed a lot of blocking out, giving them second and third shots. Credit Seabury for their rebounding. Both teams played hard all season, there was no secrets as far as how we play. It was just whatever team showed up, but Seabury is definitely tough.”
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SEABURY HALL (48)
Paxton Malek 3, Fletcher Prouty 0, Nyck Yashiro 0, Cameron King 20, Jordan Haylor 2, Rip Pahukoa 6, Jaxson Stinger 15, Bryce Barbier 2.
Jestonie Molina 17, John Koanui Nefalar 0, Darek Kahananui 0, Kerl Manuel 12, Kealoha Kahananui 3, Marcus Koep 6, Christian Etrata 2, Ezekiel Bolo 3.