Bears edge Warriors in OT

Akaka tip-in at buzzer gives Baldwin fourth seed for MIL tourney

Baldwin High School’s Kainalu Lacno drives for a shot between Kamehameha Maui’s Kamalu Segundo (right) and Kahai Bustillos during the second quarter of the Bears’ 47-45 overtime victory over the Warriors on Thursday night at Jon Garcia Gym. • The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

WAILUKU — Chayce Akaka had a feeling that he might get this chance.

Indeed he did.

The Baldwin High School senior guard tipped in a miss on a running layup try by fellow senior Darius Pulgados at the buzzer to

give the Bears a 47-45 overtime win over Kamehameha Maui at the Jon Garcia Gym on Thursday night.

“I told (Pulgados) to just take it to the hole and I would grab the rebound for him,”Akaka said as he was swarmed by well-wishers on Baldwin’s senior night. “And it worked.”

Akaka

The game was tied for the final time at 45-45 after Baldwin junior center John Werner sank a free throw with 15 seconds to go in overtime.

Kamehameha Maui’s Kamalu Segundo, who finished with a game-high 17 points, drove the lane and missed a runner from the free-throw line with eight seconds to go.

Baldwin called timeout after securing the rebound and set up the play that had Pulgados drive the length of the floor before he missed his running layup attempt from the right side. Akaka was waiting on the left side for the wide-open tip-in, which accounted for his team-high 15th and 16th points.

“It was a good win, a special night for the seven seniors,” Baldwin coach Cody Tesoro said. “It’s just fitting that Chayce put it in to put us ahead. That was a great game, back and forth. Kamehameha’s a great team, they’re scrappy. … I’m just happy we got that win.”

The loss drops the Warriors (5-7) to the third seed for the Maui Interscholastic League tournament, while the win lifts Baldwin (4-8) to the fourth seed and a host role for the first-round game with fifth-seeded King Kekaulike.

Kamehameha Maui’s Kahai Bustillos blocks a shot by Baldwin’s Jacob Fernandez-Ruiz on Thursday. • The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

“Ultimately we wanted to try to be a two or three seed, but the good thing is we won this game, we got the home court for the first round and you know, we can come ahead against King K — they beat us twice, so we’ve got to play our best,” Tesoro said. “If we’re fortunate enough, we’ll worry about (top-seeded) Lahainaluna if we get there.”

The game was tied at 39-39 after regulation before Segundo made a baseline shot to give the Warriors a 41-39 lead with 3:25 to go. Segundo made one free throw with 2:40 left to push the Warriors’ lead to 42-39.

Werner scored inside to tie the game at 42-42 with 1:45 left before Austin Peters made one free throw to give Kamehameha a 43-42 lead.

Pulgados drove the lane to give Baldwin a 44-43 lead 20 second later and Peters answered with a pair of free throws with 1:06 remaining to give the Warriors ahead 45-44.

Kamehameha Maui is seeking its first state berth since 2010.

“That’s a really good team, both teams played hard and it was a good one all the way through,” Kamehameha coach Angus Peters III said. “We’re in the same situation as last year — we’re the third seed and we beat Maui High the first time. We’ve just got to beat them in the playoff game again.”

* Robert Collias is at rcollias@mauinews.com

KS MAUI (45)

Kahai Bustillos 4, Blayde Demello 0, Kaimana Gerard 4, Kamalu Segundo 17, Beau Ramos 0, Henry Miguel 0, Ronson Iniba 2, Austin Peters 14, Tiliti Adams 4, Taj Falconer 0, Michael Kalalau 0, Iverson Dudoit 0, Colton Luke 0.

BALDWIN (47)

Owen Nakamura 0, Chayce Akaka 16, Mochi Dukelow 6, Jacob Fernandez-Ruiz 0, Miguel Agcolicol 3, Kainalu Lacno 7, Darius Pulgados 6, Mark Villalba ,0 Holden Ioanis 0, Dawson Tokishi 0, Prieston Rayray 0, Mafatini Mafatini 0, Zion Floyd 0, John Werner 9, Tevita Tulahe 0.

KS Maui … 12 … 11 …. 7 …. 9 … 6-45

Baldwin …. 10 …. 9 … 13 … 7 … 8-47

*****

MIL Standings

BOYS

DIVISION I

………………………… W ….. L …….. Pct ….. GB

x-Lahainaluna ……… 12 ….. 0 …… 1.000 …. —

Maui High ……………. 6 ….. 6 ……. .500 ….. 5

Kamehameha Maui …. 5 …. 7 ……. .417 ….. 7

Baldwin ……………….. 4 ….. 8 …… .333 ….. 8

King Kekaulike ……….. 3 ….. 9 ……. .250 ….. 9

DIVISION II

………………………… W ….. L …….. Pct ….. GB

Lanai …………………. 7 …… 1 …… .875 ….. —

Seabury Hall ………… 7 …… 1 …… .875 ….. —

Molokai ………………. 4 ….. 4 ……. .500 ….. 3

St. Anthony ………….. 3 ….. 5 ……. .375 ….. 4

Hana ………………….. 2 ….. 6 …… .250 ….. 5

Haleakala Waldorf ….. 1 ….. 7 …… .125 ….. 6

x-clinched regular-season championship

Thursday’s Results

Baldwin 47, Kamehameha Maui 45, OT

Lahainaluna 58, Maui High 29

Today’s Games

St. Anthony vs. Seabury Hall at War Memorial Gym, 7 p.m.

Haleakala Waldorf at Lanai, 7 p.m.

Hana at Molokai, 7 p.m.

Saturday’s Games

Hana at Molokai, noon

Seabury Hall vs. St. Anthony at War Memorial Gym, 7 p.m.

Haleakala Waldorf at Lanai, 7 p.m.

D-I tournament play-in: King Kekaulike at Baldwin, 7 p.m.

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