Spartans win battle of unbeatens

Konohia has 23 points in victory over Pine Lads

Seabury Hall’s Conner Jenkins puts up a shot against Lanai’s Devrene Kahananui Alejado in the third quarter Friday. -- The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

OLINDA — This game started as a battle of unbeatens in the Maui Interscholastic League Division II boys basketball ranks, but it didn’t play like that for very long.

Seabury Hall has been here before, while Lanai has not. It showed in the Spartans’ 72-39 win over the Pine Lads on Friday night at Erdman Athletic Center.

“We had a pretty good game, the bigs did,” Seabury Hall’s 6-foot-4 junior Kama Konohia said after he scored a game-high 23 points. “It gives us confidence, but we can celebrate for about 10 minutes and then we have got to get back on it because we play them tomorrow.”

Seabury Hall (7-0), the eight-time defending MIL champion, rolled to a 22-11 lead at the end of the first quarter and stretched that to 41-26 at halftime. In the third quarter, they took complete control with a 23-5 advantage behind nine points by Konohia.

“They’re a good team and they’re going to fight tomorrow we know that for sure,” Konohia said of the Pine Lads (6-1). “We just have to be on our game tomorrow.”

The Spartans’ Kama Konohia attempts a third-quarter shot between the Pine Lads’ J.J. Dulay (left) and Arjen Uminga. -- The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

The MIL receives only one spot to the state tournament, so each team knows how important these games are.

“It’s huge,” Seabury Hall coach Scott Prather said. “We’re fortunate to have more teams in our league this year and to have a team like Lanai who’s primed to make a run at the title, just like we are, it really forces us to raise our game.”

Conner Jenkins had 15 points, Isaiah Payne added 12 and Noah Payne had 11 for the Spartans.

The Pine Lads had no answer for Konohia in the lane.

“He played well,” Prather said. “He came through and he carried us underneath, big time.”

Seabury’s Noah Payne drives in the third quarter. -- The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

Lanai coach Jimmy Fernandez said his team did not respond the way it needed to in the second half. Naighel Calderon led Lanai with 14 points, while Arjen Uminga added 10.

“Seabury is the real deal,” Fernandez said. “I thought that our guards did well in the beginning. I thought they just needed to be a little more disciplined and execute what they’re supposed to do. I thought that we played poor as big boys trying to match up with their bigs — that was like night and day.”

* Robert Collias is at rcollias@mauinews.com

LANAI (39)

Devin Vidad 0, JJ Dulay 3, Joel Nisperos 0, Jayden Castillo-Pagay 0, Naighel Calderon 14, Kane Tubera 0, Arjen Uminga 10, Andre Adams 0, Devrene Kahananui Alejado 0, Morgan Jonas 4, Jamahl Adams 4, Kaleb Alboro 2, Elijah Gima-Maltezo 2.

SEABURY HALL (72)

Noah Payne 11, Carl Molinaro 1, Gabriel Medallada 0, Brayden Hasegawa 0, Isaiah Payne 12, Rolando Berdal 3, Caden Granum 0, Kai Preseault 7, Conner Jenkins 15, Kama Konohia 23, JD Pells 0, Joaquin Donez 0.

Lanai 11 15 5 8–39

Seabury Hall 22 19 23 8–72

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MIL STANDINGS

BOYS

DIVISION I

W L Pct GB

x-Lahainaluna 9 0 1.000 —

Maui High 6 4 .600 3 1⁄2

Kamehameha Maui 4 5 .444 5

King Kekaulike 3 7 .300 6 1⁄2

Baldwin 2 8 .200 7 1⁄2

DIVISION II

W L Pct GB

Seabury Hall 7 0 1.000 —

Lanai 6 1 .857 1

Molokai 3 4 .429 4

St. Anthony 3 4 .429 4

Haleakala Waldorf 1 6 .143 6

Hana 1 6 .143 6

x-clinched regular-season championship

Friday’s Results

Seabury Hall 72, Lanai 39

Molokai 59, St. Anthony 41

Hana 44, Haleakala Waldorf 41

Today’s Games

Molokai vs. St. Anthony at War Memorial Gym, 10 a.m.

Haleakala Waldorf at Hana, 10 a.m.

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

Maui High at Kamehameha Maui, 7 p.m.

Lahainaluna vs. King Kekaulike at Lahaina Civic Center, 7 p.m.

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