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Game of the Week
ScoringLive staffFebruary 19, 2019, 8:23am
Mon, Feb 18, 2019 @ Punahou
Punahou opened up title defense of its 2018 Division I state title with a bang.
Three players scored in double figures to power the Buffanblu over visiting Kahuku, 64-46, at Hemmeter Fieldhouse Monday night in the opening round of the Snapple Boys Basketball Championships.
Duke Clemens led all scorers with 15 points to lead Punahou in a rematch of the past two D1 state championship games. Tamatoa Falatea had 11 and Jakob Kimura added 10 more to round out the top scorers for the Buffanblu, who advances to face third-seeded Lahainaluna Thursday at Moanalua's gymnasium. Tip-off is slated for 5 p.m.
The Red Raiders held a slim 12-11 lead after the opening period, but Punahou outscored the visitors by 15 in the second quarter to take a 34-20 lead at the break. The Buffanblu also added to their lead to start the second half by winning the third quarter, 20-10.
Ethan Erickson had 14 points and nine boards to lead Kahuku in its season-ending loss.
Twelve student-athletes, including the first from Lanai, will be honored June 2.
The Campbell senior shortstop batted 0.524 through the OIA regular season and playoffs.
The Kailua senior led all Division I pitchers with 72 strikeouts on the year.
The Marauders' third baseman helped the team go undefeated in the regular season.
The Mililani senior outside hitter won the award two years ago as a first-year setter.
Na Menehune senior was a six-rotation player that attacked from all areas of the court.