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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Thursday, February 24, 2005

Campbell ousts Kamehameha-Maui

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By Kyle Sakamoto
Advertiser Staff Writer

Campbell used its height advantage to dominate the inside and forced 20 turnovers in a 63-42 victory over Kamehameha-Maui yesterday in the first round of the HHSAA/Hawaiian Airlines Boys State Basketball Championship at Blaisdell Arena.

Kamehameha-Maui was outrebounded, 52-31, but Travis Wong boxed out Campbell's Tristan Bailey to get this one for the Warriors.

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Mark Sealy scored 15 points on 7-of-9 shooting for O'ahu Interscholastic Association runner-up Campbell, which scored 38 points in the paint and held a 52-31 rebounding advantage.

Campbell (12-2) will play No. 3 seed Konawaena of the Big Island Interscholastic Federation in a quarterfinal game today at 2:15 p.m.

The Sabers started four players 6 feet 4 and taller, while the Warriors had one starter taller than 6 feet.

"They just pounded the ball inside and there wasn't much we could do," Warriors coach Lance Cagasan said. "We knew if they got into the half-court set we'd have a long night and that's what they did in the first half."

Campbell scored 24 points in the paint in the first half and led 35-14 at halftime.

Sealy scored 10 points in the first half and spent much of the second half on the bench.

"It feels good to get the first game out of the way," Sealy said. "Coach told us to work hard and we'll succeed."

The Sabers lost to Kahuku in the OIA championship game last Friday by getting into an uptempo game, according to coach Sol Batoon.

"We got into a running game (against Kahuku), we got caught up in all the hype and before you knew it we were chasing people down and getting tired," Batoon said. "The running game is not our game, we play a half-court game. We got too excited."

Kamehameha-Maui (7-7), the Maui Interscholastic League tournament champion, tried to get into a fast-paced game with little success.

"We tried to run the ball and get into a helter-skelter pace, but it didn't work," Cagasan said.

Campbell held Kamehameha-Maui to 29.8 percent shooting (14 of 47) from the field.

"I was quite satisfied with the defense because we got into the (passing) lanes right away, we denied the ball, got over the top, played the post high and opened up well," Batoon said.

Kamehameha-Maui is a first-year varsity program with no seniors.

"We had a good run and I'm proud of the boys to make it to the big dance in their first year," Cagasan said. "They worked hard. Experience-wise this will do a lot for our program."

Reach Kyle Sakamoto at ksakamoto@honoluluadvertiser.com or 525-8041.