ILH Boys Basketball
Hogland brothers lead No. 3 Iolani past No. 2 Punahou, 49-38


Iolani's Cole Hogland puts up a shot over Punahou's Chris Kobayashi and Kaulana Makaula. Greg Yamamoto | SL

Hugh and Cole Hogland combined for 35 points as No. 3 Iolani (1-0) defeated No. 2 Punahou (0-1), 49-38, in an Interscholastic League of Honolulu opener for both teams at Iolani's Lower Gymnasium.

"We didn't play with our normal flow. They (Iolani) did a good job of forcing their tempo. I told our kids that if we get into a 40 and under game, that's Iolani game. They did an outstanding job in slowing it down to a grind-it-out game," said Punahou coach Darren Matsuda.

"Super proud of our guys defensively. We had a game plan and stuck to it and to hold a team that is that explosive to 38 points, we feel good about that. To hold them down like that, credit to our guys," said Iolani coach Dean Shimamoto.

Hugh led the Raiders with 22 points, eight rebounds, four assists, and three blocks. Younger brother, Cole scored 13 points to go along with five boards and two steals.

"He did a great job of taking what was given to him. If he got a deep post, he could get a score. If guys doubled down or he was able to kick it with open 3's and cuts to the basket. That's tough to defend and he does a good job with that," said Shimamoto.

"Hugh is going to do that—get his points. He's a great passer now. When you double, you have to be smart where you double from and how the strategy goes. I thought we did a decent job at that," said Matsuda.

Iolani put on the clamps defensively to hold Punahou to their lowest scoring output of the season (38 points) and shot 15-for-40 (37.5 percent) from the field. Zayne Chong made the Buffanblu's only 3-pointer of the game as the team finished 1-for-8.

"Here for whatever reason, we have a hard time shooting in this gym, especially when we play them. Historically we have not shot well in this gym," said Matsuda.

"We were missing a lot of shots we usually make. We played a little tentatively offensively and that was a big factor."

Chris Kobayashi, who averaged 22.3 points per game in the Punahou Basketball Invitational, was blanketed all night by Helam Baldomero (6 points) and was held to four points on 2-of-6 shooting.

"That was his job last year to be a defensive-heavy guy. Not only did he play incredible defense, he also brought the ball up and hit shots. I think he has that football mentality so he takes that into basketball," said Shimamoto, on Baldomero.

Duke Clemens kept the Buffanblu in the game to score a team-high 14 points, while Chong added nine points.

The Hoglands found each other on the court as they combined for 21 of Iolani's 30 second half points. Iolani finished shooting 22-for-34 (64.7 percent) from the field. 

"I think this is the last time they will play together and they're making the most of it. They help each other and have each others' backs. They do a nice job when they're on the floor at the same time," said Shimamoto, on the Hoglands.

"We know where we're going to be at a certain time and bailing each other out in critical situations like today," said Hugh.

The game was tied in the first half until Iolani started creating separation from Punahou late in the third quarter. Hugh passed it to Cole, who made the basket plus the foul, to make it, 29-25. Maninoa Tufono brought the Buffanblu back within two, 31-29, but Hugh found Ryan Van Cantfort for one of his four assists, as he hit a 3-pointer to end the quarter.

The Raiders started the fourth quarter on a 8-2 run after a putback by Cole Hogland to give Iolani an 11-point lead to force a Buffanblu timeout. A floater by Kaulana Maukaula and a layup from Chong, cut the deficit to seven, but Punahou could get no closer.

Iolani travels to Mid-Pacific (0-1) on Saturday, Jan. 7, while Punahou hosts No. 9 Saint Louis on the same night.

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