Sabers shut down Warriors

Defense key as Maui High rolls to 49-13 victory over Kamehameha Maui

Maui High School’s Jojo Pacubas is fouled by Kamehameha Maui’s Kamalu Segundo during the first quarter of the Sabers’ 49-13 win over the Warriors on Wednesday night at Izumi Matsui Athletic Center. The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photos

KAHULUI — The Maui High School boys basketball team didn’t want to leave any room for doubt coming into its Maui Interscholastic League game on Wednesday night.

Kamehameha Maui found that out quickly.

The Sabers rolled to a 13-point lead after one quarter, boosted it to 26 at halftime and finished with a convincing 49-13 win over the Warriors at the Izumi “Shine” Matsui Athletic Center.

The win upped the Sabers’ MIL record to 4-2 and was their second straight after losing two in a row.

Maui High’s DJ Sable did not score in the game, but he ran the show from the point guard position well all night.

Maui High’s DJ Sable drives against Kamehameha Maui’s Kamalu Segundo in the second quarter Wednesday.

“It’s a momentum booster,” Sable said. “Everyone is gaining confidence from this (win). We stopped and defended well. It was all a team effort.”

That had been the message from coach Maui High Steven Vega all week since back-to-back losses to Lahainaluna and Baldwin. The Sabers were coming off a 58-53 win over King Kekaulike on Saturday.

“We’ve been stressing (defense) this whole week and just trying to get better,” Vega said. “I think the two losses really woke us up and we started to search who we are. From day one I told them: ‘Our identity is going to be on the defensive end’ and they locked in today.”

A 3 by Isaiah Richards pushed the lead to 40-13 with 2 minutes left in the third quarter. Earlier, two straight 3s by Richards made it 32-9 with 1:20 left in the first half.

Richards finished with 18 points, but contributions came from all over the place for Maui High. Kobin Harris, a 6-foot-7 junior, blocked four shots and grabbed numerous rebounds. Efren Villon and Jojo Pacubas each scored all seven of their points in the first half when the Sabers rolled up a 35-9 lead.

Segundo puts up a first-quarter shot as the Sabers’ Jojo Pacubas defends.

The defense never stopped –Kamehameha Maui did not score a point in the fourth quarter.

“That’s all I could ask,” Vega said. “I tell them, ‘I take care of the strategy, you bring me the energy, you bring me the effort and we’re going to roll the dice on that.’ They did that and I hope they get that message.”

The largest lead came on a 3 by Maui High’s Logan Nagamine that made it 49-13 with 2 minutes to play — it was the Sabers’ seventh 3 of the night.

Senior forward Brycetyn Boco made a pair of 3s for the Sabers and finished with eight points.

Kamalu Segundo led Kamehameha Maui (1-5) with five points.

“They came out and did what they had to do,” Kamehameha Maui coach Angus Peters III said. “They were on fire, they played well, they played really well.”

At the midway point of the regular season, the MIL tournament is the only route to the state tournament for the Warriors.

“That’s all we’re trying to do, get better every day,” Peters said. “We’re lacking in more the effort and heart area, but we’re going to try to turn it around.”

* Robert Collias is at rcollias@mauinews.com.

KAMEHAMEHA MAUI (13)

Kimo Holt-Mossman 0, Keanu Rindlisbacher 0, Kamalu Segundo 5, Beau Ramos 0, Henry Miguel 4, Ilikea Mossman-Smith 0, Michael Kalalau 0, Tiliti Adams 2, Taj Falconer 0, Marco Kahoohanohano 2, Colton Luke 0, Bryson Reformina 0.

MAUI HIGH (49)

Efren Villon 7, DJ Sable 0, Kevin Cacho 4, Jojo Pacubas 7, Logan Nagamine 3, Isaiah Richards 18, Charlles Guansing 0, T-Jay Valle 0, Michael Villon 2, Kobin Harris 0, Brycetyn Boco 8, Chris Rummans 0.

KS Maui 6 3 4 0–13

Maui High 19 16 7 7–49

MAUI HIGH GIRLS 41, KAMEHAMEHA MAUI 33, OT

KAMEHAMEHA MAUI (33)

Kuumana Bailey 1, Meleani Sjostrand 3, Makamae Kaili-Kramer 2, Tatiana Soon 0, Alyssia Fernandez-Ruiz 5, Logan Spencer 8, Mikiala Sniffen 14, Kuumakalehiwa Ruidas 0.

MAUI HIGH (41)

Hiilani Arai 6, Kealohi Real 2, Kylenna Rieta 10, Leiana Thornton 8, Natea Rosete-Tokuhisa 7, Nicole Otsuka 0, Atasha Timbreza 0, Makena Stevenson 2, Ronie Butihi 4, Mayghen Thornton 2.

KS Maui 2 9 7 14 1–33

Maui High 7 7 10 8 9–41

BALDWIN BOYS 47, KING KEKAULIKE 43

KING KEKAULIKE (43)

Ethan Bediamol 5, Thorren Rebugio 0, Darius Lauture 11, Carson Yoshida 7, Dylan Baird 9, Kai Carbajal 8, Jacob Wittenberg 0, Braeton Taylor 0, Corey Frias 3, Jovyn Nault 0, Akhil Fernando-Bell 0, Kaleb Chun 0.

BALDWIN (47)

Jerren Manarpaac 0, Mochi Dukelow 8, Owen Nakamura 0, Rommel-Mico Daoang 0, Holden Ioanis 4, Reinhard Taidrik 2, Ben Wagner 5, Tyrone Nakooka 0, Kui Ross 20, Quintan Akaka 0, Prieston Rayray 0, Ikaika Raines 0, John Werner 8.

King Kekaulike 6 10 10 17–43

Baldwin 12 12 14 9–47

KING KEKAULIKE GIRLS 65, BALDWIN 57

KING KEKAULIKE (65)

Cailyn Ukida 17, Lauren Albrecht 2, Charlie Abreu 6, T.C. Pahukoa 17, Namahana Kaeo-Young 11, Anna Lee Peters 0, Heather Pease 2, Kreyajan Pahukoa 0, Kamalani Puu 0, Aliyah Ah You 0, Kailia Purdy 10.

BALDWIN (57)

Jordyn Vierra 0, Kyra Cambra 19, McKenzie Schwindler 6, Tia Caulford 0, Taylor Manangan 17, Precious Rayray 0, Aya Buttaro 3, Shalei Lee Awai 0, Jeziel Pulgados 0, Angel Dela Cruz 0, Makayla Chung 12, Saree-Ann Kekahuna 0, Kealani Pasene-Keahi 0.

King Kekaulike 12 15 19 19–65

Baldwin 13 10 18 16–57

MIL Standings

BOYS

DIVISION I

W L Pct. GB

Lahainaluna 6 0 1.000 —

Baldwin 5 2 .714 1 1⁄2

Maui High 4 2 .667 2

Kamehameha Maui 1 5 .167 5

King Kekaulike 0 7 .000 6 1⁄2

DIVISION II

W L Pct. GB

Lanai 2 0 1.000 —

Seabury Hall 2 0 1.000 —

Haleakala Waldorf 1 1 .500 1

Molokai 1 1 .500 1

Hana 0 2 .000 2

St. Anthony 0 2 .000 2

Wednesday’s Results

Maui High 49, Kamehameha Maui 13

Baldwin 47, King Kekaulike 43

Friday’s Games

Lanai at Molokai, 5 p.m.

Haleakala Waldorf vs. Seabury Hall at Eddie Tam Gym, 7 p.m.

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

GIRLS

DIVISION I

W L Pct. GB

Lahainaluna 9 0 1.000 —

King Kekaulike 8 2 .800 1 1⁄2

Maui High 5 5 .500 4 1⁄2

Kamehameha Maui 2 7 .222 7

Baldwin 0 10 .000 9 1⁄2

DIVISION II

W L Pct. GB

x-Seabury Hall 10 0 1.000 —

Lanai 5 5 .500 5

Molokai 5 5 .500 5

Hana 0 10 .000 10

x-clinched regular-season championship

Wednesday’s Results

Maui High 41, Kamehameha Maui 33, OT

King Kekaulike 65, Baldwin 57

Friday’s Games

Hana at Seabury Hall, 5:30 p.m.

Lanai at Molokai, 7 p.m.