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The Honolulu Advertiser

By Wes Nakama
Advertiser Staff Writer

Posted on: Saturday, December 19, 2009

Gonzaga downs Moanalua at 'Iolani

 • St. Francis cruises to 51-35 victory

Moanalua stayed within striking distance of nationally-ranked Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.) for nearly three periods last night before falling, 84-58, in the first round of the 26th Annual 'Iolani Prep Classic.

Gonzaga, ranked No. 13 in USA Today's Super 25, led 42-27 at the half but Nä Menehune cut it to 58-47 on Marcus Monroe's 3-pointer with 1:24 remaining in the third period. But Cedrick Lindsay — a 6-foot-1 guard who has committed to play for the University of Richmond next season — answered with a layup with 56 seconds left and 6-9 forward Ben Dickinson ended the quarter with a layup to give the Eagles a 62-47 lead heading into the fourth.

Moanalua's Reece Racoma scored on a layup to open the fourth period, but Gonzaga responded with three straight layups to push the lead to 68-49. Nä Menehune could not get closer than 17 points the rest of the way.

Duke recruit Tyler Thornton, a 6-2 guard, and Malcolm Lemmons, a 6-4 forward headed to NCAA Division I Robert Morris, each finished with 14 points to lead a balanced Eagles' attack.

Moanalua guard Josiah Kauhola, a 6-foot junior, drained six 3-pointers and led all scorers with 26 points.

Nä Menehune stayed close for most of the first half. It was tied 9-9 three minutes into the game, and Monroe's 3-pointer cut Gonzaga's lead to 17-14 with 1:47 remaining in the first period. The Eagles led 22-16 heading into the second.

Moanalua kept it at 26-21 two minutes into the period after Marcus Keene's baseline jumper.

But Thornton's free throws started Gonzaga on an 8-0 run and after Kauhola's 3-pointer cut it to 38-27, the Eagles finished the half with four free throws to go up, 42-27.

Gonzaga opened the lead to 50-33 three minutes into the third period, but Nä Menehune clawed back and closed it to 58-47 after Kauhola produced two free throws, two layups and a 3-pointer, followed by Monroe's 3-pointer with 1:24 left in the period.

Monroe added 15 points for Moanalua.


The Lions, ranked No. 6 in USA Today after averaging 133 points per game in their first six victories without a loss, used intense full-court pressure defense and a high-speed offense to race past the defending state champion Warriors.

Yates jumped out to an 18-5 lead five minutes into the game, before Kamehameha cut it to 18-9 after Micah Christenson's free throw and Shane Matayoshi's 3-pointer with 2:49 remaining.

The Lions opened the lead to 25-11 after a 3-pointer by Gregory Watts and went up, 27-15, heading into the second period.

Taylor Taliulu then hit a 3-pointer and layup and Matayoshi sank two free throws to help the Warriors close it to 29-22 with 6:25 left in the half, but Yates responded with a 7-0 run. Taliulu's third 3-pointer of the period closed it to 40-31 with 2:38 remaining, but that was as close as Kamehameha would get as the Lions answered with a 10-0 run and led 52-34 at halftime.

Yates' Joseph Young, a 6-2 guard who has signed with Providence, led all scorers with 26 points. Taliulu finished with 17 points to lead the Warriors, who got 14 points from Matayoshi and 12 points from Christenson.


Gabe York scored 19 points and four other Lancers scored in double-figures for Lutheran. 'Iolani's Jordan Tottori scored 12 points.


JerShon Cobb scored 17 points as Columbia beat Hamilton, which got 10 points from Micah Fetters.

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