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Posted on: Thursday, December 21, 2006

'Iolani topples White Station, 61-46

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By Wes Nakama
Advertiser Staff Writer

'Iolani's Ryan Dung looks to pass while being guarded by White Station's Erik Buggs.

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'Iolani's Case Miyahira gathers in a pass as he beats White Station's Julian Burton down the court in the fourth quarter.

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Five-time defending boys basketball state champion 'Iolani knocked off Tennessee's No. 6-ranked team, White Station (Memphis), 61-46, last night to advance to tonight's semifinals of the 23rd Annual 'Iolani Prep Classic.

The Raiders (8-2) will face USA Today's No. 11-ranked team, LeFlore (Mobile, Ala.) in the 8 p.m. feature game at 'Iolani Gym.

Vincent (Milwaukee), USA Today's No. 6-ranked team in the Midwest Region, will play perennial Philadelphia power Roman Catholic in the other semifinal at 6:30.

'Iolani is the only Hawai'i team out of nine in the 16-team field to notch a victory over a Mainland opponent; the other teams went a combined 0 for 7.

"It feels good, but it's always a team thing," said Raiders guard Case Miyahira, who finished with a game-high 19 points. "We knew we could win if we came in prepared, and the whole team was prepared."

'Iolani took the lead for good on Liloa Nobriga's 24-foot turnaround 3-pointer at the halftime buzzer to make it 21-19, then opened the second half with a 17-6 run. Miyahira swished two 3-pointers and Ryan Dung had one to help the Raiders go up, 38-25, with three minutes remaining in the third period.

White Station closed it to 43-34 early in the fourth period, but 'Iolani responded with a 10-0 run over the next 90 seconds.

"They took control of the game by setting the tempo; they have great fundamentals and make good passes, and they accomplished their goal of keeping it low-scoring," said White Station coach Jesus Patino, whose Spartans fell to 9-3. "We couldn't get into any kind of groove offensively, and give them a lot of credit for that. The other thing they did was knock down their 3s. They got good passes and our defense was falling into giving them such good floor space, and that gave them open shots"

Raiders coach Mark Mugiishi said getting shooters like Miyahira and Dung open was a key to the game.

"It was good that we were able to get open looks, because they're really quick and switch a lot," Mugiishi said. "When you have to rush your shots, that's when you're more likely to miss."

'Iolani also was deadly accurate from the free-throw line, which helped maintain the big lead in the third and fourth quarters. The Raiders finished 21 of 25 from the line, compared to 6 of 14 for White Station.

"That's what our coaches tell us: we can win close games on free throws," Miyahira said.

Nobriga, a 6-3 post who helped bring up the ball and run the offense from the top, added 16 points. Dung was a perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line, finishing with 11 points and four rebounds.

WHITE STATION 10 9 13 1446

'IOLANI 8 13 21 1961

WHITE STATION Joe Jackson 10, Kyndl Mitchell 2, Preston Laird 3, Julian Burton 0, Jordan Miller 4, Erik Buggs 16, Marquette Murrell 0, Kaylon Durham 5, DeAndre Bynum 6. Totals 19 7-18 46.

'IOLANI Kela Marciel 3, Ryan Dung 11, Case Miyahira 19, Liloa Nobriga 18, Lionel Fujioka 0, Bricen McCartney 2, Pablo Warner 8. Totals 17 21-26 61.

3-point goals White Station 1 (Laird). 'Iolani 6 (Miyahira 4, Dung 1, Nobriga 1).

LEFLORE 78, ST. DOMINIC 59

Joshua Wesley scored 18 points and Christopher Blake 17 as LeFlore (Mobile, Ala.) beat St. Dominic (Oyster Bay, N.Y.) in a quarterfinal game.

Dan Kenny led St. Dominic with 24 points.

St. Dominic closed to within 41-40 early in the third period, but the Rattlers (11-0) responded with a 14-5 run to get separation and then extended the lead the rest of the way.

LEFLORE 21 19 17 2178

ST. DOMINIC 17 20 10 1259

LEFLORE Christopher Blake 17, Jamrion Leashore 2, Derrick Young 15, Joshua Wesley 18, Jelani Figures 5, Zack Winston 2, Nick Williams 15, Marcus McCants 4. Totals 35 3-10 78.

ST. DOMINIC TJ Thomas 10, Dan Kenny 24, Roland Davis 8, John Harms 2, Brian Katz 2, TJ Carey 3, George Jackson 8, Paul Bilbo 2. Totals 19 17-21 59. 3-point goals LeFlore 5 (Wesley 4, Figures 1). St. Dominic 4 (Kenny 3, Davis 1).

VINCENT 49, FAIRFAX 46

Iowa State recruit Diante Garrett scored 16 points to lead Vincent (Milwaukee) past defending Classic champion Fairfax (Los Angeles) in a quarterfinal game. UCLA-bound Chace Stanback led Fairfax with 20 points.

VINCENT 13 13 13 1049

FAIRFAX 12 12 10 1246

VINCENT Daryl Dent 9, Diante Garrett 16, Bryquis Perine 11, Dominque Sharp 8, Steve Stovall 0, Yusef Gray 2, Marvin Fitzgerald 2. Totals 17 12-15 49.

FAIRFAX Rod Singleton 11, Darius Singletary 2, Lance Bailey 4, Chace Stanback 20, Ja'Shon Hampton 5, Malcolm Campbell 0, Solomon Hill 4. Totals 18 6-12 46. 3-point goals Vincent 3 (Dent, Garrett, Perine). Fairfax 4 (Singleton 2, Stanback 2).

ROMAN CATHOLIC 66, GEORGETOWN 53

Bradley Wanamaker scored 14 points to lead Roman Catholic past Georgetown Prep in a quarterfinal game. Alvin Tucker led Georgetown with 14 points.

ROMAN CATHOLIC 10 7 19 3066

GEORGETOWN 9 11 8 2553

ROMAN CATHOLIC Maalik Wayns 9, Brian Wanamaker 11, Nick Daggett 0, Courtney Stanley 9, Will Kirkland 15, Bradley Wanamaker 14, Wes Kirkland 8. Totals 25 13-26 66.

GEORGETOWN Connor Hartley 0, Markel Starks 11, Teddy Greissing 0, Kevin Dyer 5, Julien Williams 5, Aaron Bond 9, Garvey Young 7, Alvin Tucker 14, Chris Harrington 0, Kevin Ridgway 2. Totals 18 13-19 53. 3-point goals Roman Catholic 3 (Wi. Kirkland 3). Georgetown 4 (Dyer 1, Williams 1, Young 1, Tucker 1).

SAINT LOUIS 57, RADFORD 47

Scott Smith scored 26 points to lead the Crusaders over the Rams in a consolation bracket game. Soosoo Taulelei led Radford with 11 points.

SAINT LOUIS 11 9 17 2057

RADFORD 12 7 13 1547

SAINT LOUIS Ricksson Pacarro 2, Kuli'a Aiona 0, John Quindara 0, Lucas Gonsalves 0, Scott Smith 26, Corey Lau 0, Kyle Gonzaga 0, Cole Shidaki 5, Solomona Aigamaua 3, Geordon Hanohano 0, Michael Tuiloma 3, Micah McClinton 14, Jacob Barit 4. Totals 22 12-18 57.

RADFORD Travis Daniels 2, Justin Lord 7, Matt Hoover 9, Matt Alofaituli 4, Soosoo Taulelei 11, Gary Satterwhite 7, Antonio Williams 7. Totals 16 9-12 47. 3-point goals Saint Louis 1 (McClinton). Radford 6 (Hoover 3, Taulelei 2, Satterwhite 1).

MOANALUA 55, MCKINLEY 48

Josh Kure scored 18 points to lead 'Na Menehune past the Tigers in a consolation bracket game. Nainoa Lessary led McKinley with 17 points.

MOANALUA 14 13 13 1555

MCKINLEY 8 8 16 1648

MOANALUA Kris Lazarou 2, Jay Yoshizawa 8, Paul Wasada 6, Emanuel Vierra 0, Stevie Austin 9, Rob Munoz 3, Josh Kure 18, Roshawn Terry 2, Ryan Hua 5, Montay Rover 0, Maurice Allen 2. Totals 19 12-19 55.

MCKINLEY Jelani Thabiti 3, Ryan Flordeliza 0, Jefferson Pou 0, Julius Borje 0, Earvin Sione 8, Nainoa Lessary 17, Rey Vincent Enanoria 13, Jonathan Lee 6, Ian Paez 0, Isaac Iuta 1. Totals 16 12-20 48.

3-point goals Moanalua 5 (Yoshizawa 2, Austin 1, Munoz 1, Kure 1). McKinley 4 (Enanoria 3, Lee 1).

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Reach Wes Nakama at wnakama@honoluluadvertiser.com.