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Bears pull away, beat Sabers 56-34

KAHULUI — The defending Maui Interscholastic League Division I boys basketball champions from Baldwin High School are just glad to get on to the court for a game these days.

The Bears did just that on Wednesday night at Maui High’s Shine Matsui Athletic Center. Playing its third MIL game of the season, Baldwin walked away with a 56-34 win over the Sabers, who were playing their first league game after COVID-19 postponements.

“A win is a win, especially in times like these,” Baldwin coach Cody Tesoro said. “You take them how you get them — just playing the game is a win and if you win the game, that’s a double win.”

The Bears went 2-3 on an Oahu trip in non-league action last month — they opened against Oregon powerhouse West Linn in the Iolani Classic before the rest of the tournament was called off due to COVID.

Now, the Bears are 3-0 in MIL play — they were missing five players due to COVID protocols, two of them starters.

The Sabers dressed just seven players on Wednesday.

“Everyone is going through it, Maui High, they played their tails off with the limited bodies,” Tesoro said. “It’s just a different time and we’ve got to control what we can and not worry about things we can’t control.”

Baldwin used its front line of 6-foot-7 Quintan Akaka, 6-7 Hudson Yarbrough and 6-6 Avery Pauole to eventually pull away from the undermanned Sabers. Akaka finished with 20 points and numerous blocked shots, Pauole had 12 points and Yarbrough finished with nine points.

Pauole scored after grabbing an offensive rebound to make it 6-0 Baldwin with 3:30 left in the first quarter. He later pushed the lead to 9-2 on a nice entry pass from Ryal Macloves Burton.

Ethan Takara sank one free throw with 22 seconds left in the quarter and Trajan Cantere completed a three-point play for the Sabers with six seconds left to end the quarter with the Bears up 9-6.

Akaka scored inside with 5:25 to go in the half to make it 13-8 Bears, and Jermaine Baguyo answered for the Sabers with a nifty drive through the lane.

Baldwin pulled away again as Akaka scored inside off a pass from Yarbrough. Yarbrough then scored on a layup after a nice tip from Pauole. After Jazz Castro answered for the Sabers with 2:08 left in the half, Akaka made two free throws and Alex Murata nailed a 3-pointer from the top of the key to make it 22-12.

The Sabers climbed within 22-14 on a pair of free throws by Cantere, but Yarbrough finished the first half scoring on a layup with 4 seconds to go.

Takara scored on a drive through traffic and completed the three-point play just 17 seconds into the third quarter to bring the Sabers within 24-17 — Yarbrough was whistled for his fourth foul on the play — before Akaka pushed the lead back to nine on a jumper on the Bears’ next possession.

Pauole then scored two baskets in five seconds after a fancy pass from Brody Reformina and a steal on the inbounds’ pass to put Baldwin ahead 30-17 with 5:44 to go in the third.

Akaka stole the ball on the next possession and glided to the rim to make it 32-17.

The lead reached 38-21 with 1:40 left in the third quarter when Akaka cashed in a backdoor layup off a pretty pass from Pauole. Akaka put back his own miss moments later to make it 40-21.

Darren Castillo tipped in a miss for the Bears at the third-quarter buzzer to make it 42-21 going to the fourth quarter.

Akaka scored on a layup to give Baldwin its largest lead of the night to that point, 48-23, with 4:16 to play.

Two minutes later, Castillo made it 53-27 on a layup. With 1:50 to play, Castillo scored to make it 55-28.

Cantere finished with 10 points to lead the Sabers, who hadn’t played in more than three weeks.

“They’re a good team, we’re not going to make any excuses,” Maui High coach Steven Vega said. “We have some work to do. That’s pretty much it.”

* Robert Collias is at rcollias@mauinews.com.

BALDWIN (3-0)

Kai Shing 2, Ryal Macloves Burton 0, Jayden Torres-Leeber 0, Alex Murata 3, Brody Reformina 4, Kona Anderson 0, Darren Castillo 6, Hudson Yarbrough 9, Avery Pauole 12, Quintan Akaka 20.

MAUI HIGH (0-1)

Devantae Myrick 0, Jazz Castro 5, Ethan Takara 6, Jermaine Baguyo 8, Patrick Borden 2, DJ Sabas 3, Trajan Cantere 10.

Baldwin 9 15 18 14–56

Maui High 6 8 7 13–34

*****

MAUI HIGH GIRLS 79, BALDWIN 21

BALDWIN (0-6)

Kiahna “Rai” Keomoungkhone 0, Aubree Gonzales 14, Heather Neumann 4, Janessa Baguio-Larena 0, Gabrielle Madariaga 0, Zenara Dattola 0, Natasha Harley Sinenci 3.

MAUI HIGH (6-0)

Mareea Casio 0, Jacy Anne Dela Cruz 16, Kayla Thornton 13, Michelle Garcia 0, Lyndee Sabas 3, Jordyn Luna 10, Kyra Okuyama 2, Natea Rosete-Tokuhisa 2, Macy Fillazar 6, Leiana Thornton 15, Kayla Faye Vergara 0, Abseydee Lizada 2, Kiana Manuel 10.

Baldwin 6 7 2 6–21

Maui High 18 18 24 19–79

*****

LAHAINALUNA GIRLS 52, KING KEKAULIKE 30

LAHAINALUNA (4-1)

Ledjan Pahukoa 28, Chaland Pahukoa 0, Mary Pahukoa 3, Tavina Harris 8, Kiera Kaniho 11, Skylyn Fagarang-Alalem 2.

KING KEKAULIKE (2-5)

Taylnn Abreu 3, Jonnie Abreu 2, Kalena Akinaka 6, Keira Arcangel 3, Annalee Peters 7, Kailia Purdy 3, Ashante Wong 6.

Lahainaluna 24 10 9 9–52

King Kekaulike 10 7 1 12–30

*****

LAHAINALUNA BOYS 62, KING KEKAULIKE 45

LAHAINALUNA (2-0)

Ryder Lombardi 7, Jayah Bayol 4, Teva Loft 1, Ian Cabanilla 4, Aidan Alibin 17, Angel Noveda 7, Denver Duque 22.

KING KEKAULIKE (0-3)

Kyle Castillo 0, Kyle Davies 12, Jordan Babcock 7, Noah Buford 5, Colton Baldwin 10, Gabriel Lopes 2, Tomasi Finau 0, La’akea Mossman 4, Makana Wright 5.

Lahainaluna 20 7 21 14–62

King Kekaulike 7 12 11 15–45

*****

MIL Standings

BOYS

DIVISION I

W L Pct. GB

Baldwin 3 0 1.000 —

Lahainaluna 2 0 1.000 1⁄2

Kamehameha Maui 1 2 .333 2

Maui High 0 1 .000 2

King Kekaulike 0 3 .000 3

DIVISION II

W L Pct. GB

Lanai 2 0 1.000 —

Hana 0 0 .000 1

Haleakala Waldorf 0 0 .000 1

Maui Prep 0 0 .000 1

Seabury Hall 0 0 .000 1

Molokai 0 2 .000 2

Wednesday’s Results

Baldwin 56, Maui High 34

Lahainaluna 62, King Kekaulike 45

Friday’s Games

Molokai at Seabury Hall, 7 p.m.

Haleakala Waldorf at Hana, ppd.

Saturday’s Games

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

Baldwin at Lahainaluna, 7 p.m.

Kamehameha Maui at Maui High, 7 p.m.

Haleakala Waldorf at Hana, ppd.

GIRLS

DIVISION I

W L Pct. GB

Maui High 6 0 1.000 —

Lahainaluna 4 1 .800 1 1⁄2

Kamehameha Maui 3 3 .500 3

King Kekaulike 2 5 .286 4 1⁄2

Baldwin 0 6 .000 6

DIVISION II

W L Pct. GB

Lanai 1 1 .500 —

Seabury Hall 1 1 .500 —

Hana 0 0 .000 —

Molokai 0 0 .000 —

Wednesday’s Results

Maui High 79, Baldwin 21

Lahainaluna 52, King Kekaulike 30

Friday’s Games

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

Lanai at Hana, ppd.

Saturday’s Games

Molokai at Seabury Hall, 10 a.m.

Baldwin at Lahainaluna, 5:30 p.m.

Kamehameha Maui at Maui High, 5:30 p.m.

Lanai at Hana, ppd.

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