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Pine Lads improve to 5-0

Calderon leads state berth-seeking Lanai to 55-28 victory over St. Anthony

Lanai High School’s Andre Adams drives for a second-quarter basket past St. Anthony’s Kaimana Baker during the Pine Lads’ 55-28 victory over the Trojans on Friday night at War Memorial Gym. -- The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

WAILUKU — The Lanai High School boys basketball team has not been to the state tournament since 2008, but the Pine Lads are making a push to get back there this season.

They rolled to a 55-28 win over St. Anthony at War Memorial Gym on Friday night to improve to 5-0 in Maui Interscholastic League Division II play. They are tied with nine-time defending champion Seabury Hall with two games between the two teams next week on Lanai.

“I feel like we played a little bit of our game tonight,” senior point guard Naighel Calderon said after scoring a game-high 11 points and dishing out numerous assists. “We implemented the new stuff that we’ve been practicing. Just preparation for the rest of the season.”

Calderon didn’t hesitate when asked if his team can get past Seabury for the lone MIL berth to the state tournament.

“Of course, our team is believing and having each other’s back — that’s a big thing,” Calderon said. “We started from the very bottom with our team because we all went our separate ways and we came back and we have a real bond. We definitely deserve that spot because we work our butts off.”

Naighel Calderon

A driving layup by Calderon made it 6-0 just two minutes into the game, and his free throw late in the first quarter gave the Pine Lads a 13-4 lead.

Calderon’s pretty underhanded pass up the floor through the St. Anthony defense made it 23-12 at halftime.

The Pine Lads had nine different scorers and they simply tired the Trojans out down the stretch — St. Anthony has six players, including just one senior.

Lanai put the game away with a 22-7 advantage in the third quarter, when Calderon had six points.

“I think we’re doing all right, it’s just that the kids have got to make quicker adjustments,” veteran Lanai coach Jimmy Fernandez said. “It took awhile before they stopped hand-checking, but I’m glad that we talked about it, they talked about it and they made the adjustments.”

Lanai’s Devin Vidad takes aim on a fast-break pass in the second quarter Friday in front of St. Anthony’s Kaimana Baker. -- The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

Lanai turned on the 30-point running clock when Devrene Kahananui-Alejado scored to make it 52-21, but Nate Rabara made a 3-pointer for the Trojans to turn off the running clock on the next trip down the floor.

The Trojans (1-4) have only been working inside a gym for a little over a month. They began their season on the school’s on-campus outdoor court.

Kaimana Baker scored 10 points and Rabara had nine to lead St. Anthony.

“They’ve come a long way — they’ve really banded together,” St. Anthony coach Kim Kasahara said. “I told them we’ve got to be more like family if we’re going to pull though this with six guys because that’s one of the most difficult things you can do.”

* Robert Collias is at rcollias@mauinews.com

The Pine Lads’ Devrene Kahananui Alejado grabs a rebound between teammate Andre Adams and Baker. -- The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

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LANAI (28)

Joel Nisperos 0, Devin Vidad 5, Rayden Manuel 0, Jordan Belista 4, Naighel Calderon 11, Kane Tubera 8, Jesse Sigrah 2, Andre Adams 5, Devrene Kahananui-Alejado 8, Morgan Jonas 6, Jamahl Adams 6, Elijah Gima-Maltezo 0.

ST. ANTHONY (28)

Evan Essner 0, Kaimana Baker 10, Nate Rabara 9, Calvin Johnson 2, Jon Vergel De Dios 7, Christian Robson 0.

Lanai’s Morgan Jonas (from right) shoots as Baker and St. Anthony’s Calvin Johnson defend. -- The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

Lanai 13 10 22 10–55

St. Anthony 4 8 7 7–28

HALEAKALA WALDORF BOYS 54, HANA 36

HANA (36)

Chayton Keegan 10, Keoki Hoopai-Waikoloa 5, Nahinu Lind 8, Kaua Medeiros 0, Blade Hoopai 2, Shayden Hoopai-Waikoloa 5, Huaka Park 0, Elijah Keegan 6, Kalai Mizner 0, Owali Moeai 0, Xade Vasquez 0.

HALEAKALA WALDORF (54)

Patrick Doster 19, Will Pang 8, Connor Fernandez 10, Laa Akeo 9, Aidan Goldberg 1, Adrian Wertheim 4, Sean Conmy 3.

Hana 13 7 6 10–36

Haleakala Waldorf 16 14 13 11–54

SEABURY HALL BOYS 71, MOLOKAI 39

MOLOKAI (39)

Stephen Agcaoili 11, Kanalu Kahale 5, Ayden Inouye 3, Kaiwi Albino 0, Marc Bumatay 0, Saven Kaahanui 0, Owen Svetin 0, Jewl Carriaga 0, Joshua Hanchett 0, Leonaka Burrows 11, Elijah Kadowaki 0, Kaya Alcon 0, Vaai Seumalo 9, Nickolas Rapanot 0.

SEABURY HALL (71)

Noah Payne 18, Carl Molinaro 4, Ujaiah Cunningham 0, Joaquin Donez 7, Cooper Waite 7, Caden Granum 2, Brayden Hasegawa 0, Kama Konohia 22, Masyn Johnson 2, John Biegel 9.

Molokai 15 13 4 7–39

Seabury Hall 28 23 13 7–71

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MIL STANDINGS

DIVISION I

W L Pct. GB

x-Lahainaluna 9 0 1.000 —

Baldwin 6 3 .667 3

Maui High 5 3 625 3 1⁄2

Kamehameha Maui 1 8 .111 8

King Kekaulike 1 8 .111 8

DIVISION II

W L Pct. GB

Lanai 5 0 1.000 —

Seabury Hall 5 0 1.000 —

Haleakala Waldorf 2 3 .400 3

Hana 1 4 .200 4

Molokai 1 4 .200 4

St. Anthony 1 4 .200 4

x-clinched regular-season championship

Friday’s Results

Haleakala Waldorf 54, Hana 36

Lanai 55, St. Anthony 28

Seabury Hall 71, Molokai 39

Today’s Games

Haleakala Waldorf vs. Hana at War Memorial Gym, 10:30 a.m.

Lanai vs. St. Anthony at War Memorial Gym, noon

Molokai at Seabury Hall, noon