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Seabury carrying MIL flag alone in boys state hoops
February 21, 2014 - Robert Collias
After the Lahainaluna girls basketball team came up just short of a state title on Saturday, it is the MIL boys' turn this wek.
Following a big win for the Lunas' boys Wednesday — they outrebounded defending state champion Kalaheo 44-13 (that's not a typo) — thing didn't go so well Thursday night.
Here is our breaking news story on the three MIL boys teams — Seabury Hall, Baldwin and Lahainaluna — in championship-round action Thursday night (read more in Friday's paper):
The undefeated Seabury Hall boys basketball team advanced to the semifinals of the Hawaiian Airlines Division II State Championship by rallying for a 58-55 victory over Damien on Thursday at the Kaimuki gym on Oahu.
In the Division I tournament, both Maui Interscholastic League teams were sent to the consolation bracket - third-seeded Baldwin lost 66-61 to Maryknoll at Radford, and Lahainaluna lost 54-32 to Iolani, the No. 1 seed, at McKinley.
Seabury Hall's Cameron King made three 3-pointers and finished with 26 points. Jaxson Stinger had 13 points for the Spartans (15-0), the No. 3 seed in D-II.
Seabury, which placed fourth in the state last year, will play Hawaii Prep on Friday with a berth in the title game at stake. Ka Makani advanced with a 44-41 victory over second-seeded Kaiser.
Kobe Ikari was the top scorer for the Monarchs (14-7), with 23 points. Jaylen Laco added 14.
Kalani and fourth-seded Kohala are in the other semifinal.
Seabury was held to nine points in the second quarter and trailed 39-33 at halftime. The Spartans were down 46-43 entering the final period.
Lahainaluna's Ryan Madera scored nine points, and Peni Taufa had eight points and nine rebounds. The Lunas (9-7) will play fourth-seeded Konawaena in a fifth-place semifinal.
Iolani (11-3) got 15 points from Zach Buscher.
Baldwin (13-2), which will play Mililani on Friday, had three players score in double figures - Ryan Garces went 4-for-5 on 3-pointers en route to a game-high 22 points, Philip Thomas had 17 and Teva Eldridge added 13.
Joshua Burnett scored 20 points for Maryknoll (12-3).
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