Lunas handle Sabers

Turno scores 17 in 60-41 victory

Lahainaluna High School’s Carver Locke goes up for a shot in front of Maui High’s Chey Higashiguchi during the second quarter of the Lunas’ 60-41 win over the Sabers on Tuesday at the Lahainaluna gym. The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

LAHAINA — The Lahainaluna High School boys basketball team has a busy week, but none of the games will be bigger than Tuesday night’s showdown against Maui High.

The Lunas dominated the boards to start their fast-break offense all night long in running away with a 60-41 win at the Lahainaluna gym.

The two-time defending Maui Interscholastic League champions improved to 2-0, while Maui High fell to 1-1.

The Lunas had a 38-13 rebounding advantage.

“That helped us a lot, to start the fast break and we had a lot of second-chance points,” said Lahainaluna senior point guard Iverson Turno, who scored a game-high 17 points.

Lahainaluna’s Charlie Hafoka tries to box out Maui High’s Chey Higashiguchi in the second quarter. The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

Turno and Maui High counterpart Micah Jio went toe-to-toe, exchanging baskets for a good deal of the game.

“He’s fast,” Turno said of Jio, who finished with 13 points. “I tried to hold him down, but I couldn’t keep up. I tried my best.”

Carver Locke had 15 points and six rebounds, all on the offensive end, for the Lunas, who are 7-1 overall — they will play Pitt Meadows of British Columbia today and Hawaii Preparatory Academy on Thursday at the Lahaina Civic Center in Lahainaluna Invitational “showcase” games.  Tavake Faleta had seven rebounds, while Jeremi Santos added five.

“They killed us on the boards and they shot the ball well,” said Maui High coach Steven Vega. “One of the things we were looking to minimize was offensive rebounds, but they killed us on the boards. When we turned the ball over, they are quick to go from defense to offense.”

The Lunas were up 13-12 after one quarter and started the second with a 16-5 run, but Jio hit a runner at first-half buzzer to make the score 29-21.

“Maui High is scrappy,” Lahainaluna coach Jason Justus said. “They love to run baseline to baseline as fast as they can. Make or miss, they are going to get the ball inbounds and try to beat us down the court. It was difficult to stay in front of them all night, so give credit to them.”

Jio scored on a fast break to bring the Sabers within 44-35 with 4 minutes, 40 seconds left, but they would get no closer.

“Basketball is full of swings and we’ll have a few here and a few there, but it’s the team with the most swings at the end that will win,” Justus said. “We had some swings and luckily the last couple minutes of the game we had the long one, so that was good.”

Mark Ranchez and Fransver Castro each scored seven points for the Sabers.

Faleta and Aukai Kama each had six points — all of Faleta’s came in the second half.

“We try a lot to get our bigs open because they work hard down there and if they don’t get any touches, they stop working,” Justus said. “So we try to give them the ball as much as possible and they are starting to work and play defense and help our guards.

“Our guard play is great, but we have a lot to work on though if we want to get to where we want to get to.”

That destination?

“I think we can win states,” Turno said. “That’s our goal, win MIL and then states.”

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Micah Jio 13, Bronson Ranches 0, Mark Ranchez 7, Bryson Ranches 6, Chey Higashiguchi 1, Fransver Castro 7, Efren Villon 3, Makana Reis 2, Scott Magno 2.


Reece Pascua 4, Iverson Turno 17, Tavake Faleta 6, Carver Locke 15, Jeremi Santos 3, Isaiah Tanner 2, Carter Stockham 2, Siale Hafoka 3, Aukai Kama 6, Koa Evalu Robinson 2.

Maui High    11    10    9    11–41

Lahainaluna    13    16    11    20–60

MIL Standings



–                    W    L    Pct    GB

Lahainaluna        2    0    1.000    —

Maui High        1    1    .500    1

KS Maui            1    1    .500    1

King Kekaulike    0    1    .000    1 1⁄2

Baldwin            0    1    .000    1 1⁄2


–                    W    L    Pct    GB

Lanai                0    0    .000    —

Seabury Hall    0    0    .000    —

Molokai            0    0    .000    —

Hana                0    0    .000    —

Tuesday’s Results

Lahainaluna 60, Maui High 41

Kamehameha Maui 53, King Kekaulike 45

Friday’s Games

King Kekaulike at Baldwin, 5:30 p.m.

Kamehameha Maui at Maui High, 5:30 p.m.



–                    W    L    Pct    GB

Lahainaluna        5    0    1.000    —

KS Maui            4    1    .800    1

Baldwin            2    2    .500    2 1⁄2

King Kekaulike    1    4    .200    4

Maui High        0    5    .000    5


–                    W    L    Pct    GB

Lanai                1    1    .500    —

Seabury Hall    1    1    .500    —

Molokai            0    0    .000    —

Tuesday’s Results

Lahainaluna 60, Maui High13

Kamehameha Maui 59, King Kekaulike 35

Thursday’s Game

Molokai at Seabury Hall, 7 p.m.

Friday’s Games

Molokai at Seabury Hall, 11:30 a.m.

King Kekaulike at Baldwin, 5:30 p.m.

Kamehameha Maui at Maui High, 5:30 p.m.