Lunas, Spartans into semifinals

Lahainaluna High School’s Jeremi Santos shoots as Leilehua’s Trey Boatwright (middle) and TaShaun Wright defend during the Lunas’ 44-32 victory over the Mules in a Division I state quarterfinal game Wednesday at the Radford gym. GLEN PASCUAL photo

Lahainaluna High School’s Jeremi Santos shoots as Leilehua’s Trey Boatwright (middle) and TaShaun Wright defend during the Lunas’ 44-32 victory over the Mules in a Division I state quarterfinal game Wednesday at the Radford gym. GLEN PASCUAL photo

The Maui News

One team is headed to its fifth state semifinal in six years. The other hasn’t been that far in the state’s top-level championship since before statehood — until now.

Maui Interscholastic League champions Lahainaluna High School and Seabury Hall won their quarterfinal games of the Snapple Boys Basketball State Championships on Wednesday on Oahu.

Reece Pascua had 11 points and Tavake Faleta added 10 to lead the Lunas to a 44-32 Division I victory over Leilehua at Radford to send Lahainaluna to its first semifinal appearance at the state’s top-level tournament since 1957, when the Lunas tied for third place in the Division AA tournament — Lahainaluna won the small-school Division A state title in 1982.

The Lunas (15-0) jumped out to a 14-6 lead in the first quarter before holding on for a 24-20 advantage at the half — the lead would’ve been larger had the Mules’ Genesis Ofoia not hit a three-quarter-court heave at the buzzer.

The Lunas’ Reece Pascua goes up for a basket against the Mules’ Liam Fitzgerald as Genesis Ofoia and Jaymond Agdinaoy look on. GLEN PASCUAL photo

The Lunas’ Reece Pascua goes up for a basket against the Mules’ Liam Fitzgerald as Genesis Ofoia and Jaymond Agdinaoy look on. GLEN PASCUAL photo

Ofoia’s layup to open the third-quarter scoring drew Leilehua (11-4) to within two, but that’s as close as the Mules would get.

Lahainaluna shot 60.7 percent (17-of-28) from the floor to advance to a semifinal matchup today against Punahou at McKinley.

Trey Boatwright led Leilehua with 13 points and six rebounds.

In the Division II quarterfinals, Seabury Hall never trailed in a 47-25 victory over Hawaii Prep at St. Francis.

The Spartans (14-1) blew the game open early and never looked back. They led 15-5 after the first quarter, 30-7 at the half and 41-14 heading into the final period. Their largest lead came with 5 minutes, 53 seconds left in the game when Makoa da Silva’s jumper made it 45-17.

Peter Konohia had 11 points and six rebounds for Seabury, a state finalist last season. The Spartans, who lost in their state semifinal games from 2012 to 2014, face Kalani today at the Falcons’ gym.

Umi Kealoha led Hawaii Prep (8-6) with six points.

LAHAINALUNA 44, LEILEHUA 32

LEILEHUA (32)

Genesis Ofoia 6, TaShaun Wright 1, Trey Boatwright 13, Liam Fitzgerald 2, Jaymond Agdinaoy 8, Jostin Gampayon 0, Kalei Kauhi 2.

LAHAINALUNA (44)

Reece Pascua 11, Iverson Turno 5, Tavake Faleta 10, Jeremi Santos 5, Carver Locke 9, Cley Josef Palma 0, Siale Hafoka 0, Aukai Kama 4.

Leilehua 6 14 5 7–32

Lahainaluna 14 10 8 12–44

SEABURY HALL 47, HAWAII PREP 25

HAWAII PREP (25)

Jonah Hurney 4, Dylan Ngango Dikobo 1, Umi Kealoha 6, Matija Vitorovic 4, Michael Hanano 3, Vuk Djurdjevic 0, Javan Perez 2, Sean Donnelly 0, Dane Francis 0, Jaysen Bragado 0, Lucas Pon 3, Oliver Kettner 0, Michael Hughes 2.

SEABURY HALL (47)

Cameron Hanisch 9, Christian Jenkins 9, Isaiah Payne 3, Chandler Dobson 5, Peter Konohia 11, Noah Payne 2, Makoa da Silva 2, Carl Molinaro 0, Mohalu Aikala 0, Gabriel Medallada 0, Jaxon Naiditch 0, Josh Acidera 4, Conner Jenkins 2, Jonathan Pells 0.

Hawaii Prep 5 2 7 11–25

Seabury Hall 15 15 11 6–47

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Snapple Boys Basketball State Championships

DIVISION I

Wednesday’s Results

Quarterfinals

At Radford

No. 3 Lahainaluna 44, Leilehua 32

No. 2 Punahou 70, Konawaena 52

At McKinley

Iolani 70, No. 4 Waiakea 37

No. 1 Kahuku 87, Kalaheo 45

Today’s Games

Consolation

At Radford

Kalaheo vs. Waiakea, 5 p.m.

Leilehua vs. Konawaena, 7 p.m.

Semifinals

At McKinley

Kahuku vs. Iolani, 5 p.m. (OC16)

Lahainaluna vs. Punahou, 7 p.m. (OC16)

Friday’s Games

At Stan Sheriff Center

Fifth-place game, 9 a.m.

Third-place game, 1 p.m.

Championship game, 7 p.m. (OC16)

DIVISION II

Wednesday’s Results

Quarterfinals

At Kalani

No. 4 Honokaa 71, Kauai 55

No. 1 St. Francis 80, Farrington 43

At St. Francis

No. 2 Seabury Hall 47, Hawaii Prep 25

No. 3 Kalani 51, Le Jardin 38

Today’s Games

Consolation

At St. Francis

Kauai vs. Farrington, 5 p.m.

Hawaii Prep vs. Le Jardin, 7 p.m.

Semifinals

At Kalani

Honokaa vs. St. Francis, 5 p.m. (XCAST)

Seabury Hall at Kalani, 7 p.m. (XCAST)

Friday’s Games

At Stan Sheriff Center

Fifth-place game, 11 a.m.

Third-place game, 3 p.m.

Championship game, 5 p.m. (OC16)

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