OIA Boys Basketball
Toyama, Cougars rally past Golden Hawks


Wed, Feb 6, 2019 @ Nanakuli

Final 1 2 3 4  
Kaiser 8 9182055
Nanakuli 10 12 12 1044
Pts: Kenji Toyama (KAIS) 31 pts  

Kenji Toyama picked the right night to shine.

The Kaiser sophomore guard scored 24 of his career-high 31 points in the second half to help the Cougars rally past host Nanakuli, 55-44, at Hugh Taufaasau Court Wednesday night in the semifinals of the OIA Division II playoffs.

The Cougars (20-13 overall, 8-5 OIA) — who beat Waipahu in the first round, 61-42 — trailed by as many as eight points in the second quarter, 18-10, after two technical free throws.

But Kaiser kept fighting and cut the deficit to five at the break, 22-17, after a 3-pointer by Dane Tsue at the buzzer.

The visitors eventually tied the game at 22, but Nanakuli went on a run to retake the lead. Kaiser eventually gained its first lead of the second half when Toyama made a 3-pointer to make it a 35-34 game after three quarters of play.

Nanakuli (6-14 overall, 4-7 OIA) scored first to open the fourth quarter on Kaipo Burnett's dish to Deuce Yin, but Toyama knocked down a corner trey — his sixth of the game — to give Kaiser the lead for good. He also scored on a tough runner in the lane to put the Cougars ahead, 40-36.

Toyama also knocked down eight of his 11 free throws in the fourth quarter to help the Cougars pull away from the Golden Hawks.

Kaital Ishicuro knocked down five treys for 15 points and Kukilakila Kahalekai added 14 to lead Nanakuli in the loss.




Sa-Chisolm, Casco gave Lunas edge over Warriors

The pair of MIL all-stars did not play in Lahainaluna's season-opening loss to Damien.

Golden Hawks benefit from Hauhio's versatility

Tahj Hauhio ran for 159 yards on 31 carries and scored the game-winning TD against Kalani.

Kapaa slides into the Top 15; Waipahu falls out

Despite 21-18 loss to the Lunas, the Warriors move in while the Marauders (1-2) drop out.

Mules' defense put to the test by Marauders

Leilehua held Waipahu without an offensive touchdown until the game's final minute.

No. 11 Lahainaluna holds off late Kapaa push

State championship rematch between Lunas & Warriors lived up to the hype Saturday night.

Moanalua edges Kailua to stay unbeaten

Na Menehune earned their second consecutive one-point victory in a turnover-prone game.