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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Roosevelt girls outlast Moanalua


By Wes Nakama
Advertiser Staff Writer

Hawaii news photo - The Honolulu Advertiser

Kelcie Namba swoops in for layup to put Roosevelt ahead 39-38 with six seconds left in the first overtime. Namba finished with 12 points. Defending on the play for Moanalua are Meleane Smith, left, and Kiley Lau.

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Roosevelt survived a major scare from visiting Moanalua, 49-43, in double overtime last night to advance to the O'ahu Interscholastic Association Red Conference girls basketball finals.

The Rough Riders improved to 14-2 in league play and will face Eastern Division co-champ Farrington (14-1) tomorrow at Mililani. Tipoff is scheduled for about 7 p.m., and the game will be televised live statewide on OC16.

Farrington can clinch its second straight OIA title with a victory; if Roosevelt wins, the teams will meet again Saturday in a winner-take-all playoff.

Moanalua (11-7) will enter next week's state tournament as the OIA's No. 3 seed.

But Nā Menehune was in good position twice last night to finish at least second. They led, 36-33, until Rough Riders guard Nicole Ramirez converted a three-point play to tie it with 54 seconds remaining in regulation.

Moanalua's Kiley Lau picked up a loose ball and put up a 12-foot jumper as time expired, but the ball glanced off the rim.

Roosevelt's Kelcie Namba scored on a left-handed layup to put the Rough Riders up, 39-38, with six seconds left in the first overtime, but Nā Menehune's Jasmine Funtanilla was fouled on a shot attempt as time expired and was granted two free throws.

She made the first, but missed the second to force a second OT. Moanalua was 2 for 9 from the line in the fourth period and first overtime.

"They gave us a pretty hard run, they wanted it and came here to win," said Ramirez, who finished with a game-high 16 points. "But we kept our heads up, and we tried to play solid defense."

Nā Menehune took a 41-39 lead on Lau's jumper 13 seconds into the second OT, but Ramirez drained a 3-pointer with 3:14 remaining and Namba followed with a layup and then a free throw to put Roosevelt ahead, 45-41, with 1:05 left.

A.J. Verdida closed it to 45-43 on a bank shot eight seconds later, but Ramirez answered with two free throws with 46 seconds remaining and Shaina Kawakami closed it out with two free throws in the final 32 seconds.

Namba added 12 points for the Rough Riders. Funtanilla led Moanalua with 13 points.

MOANALUA (11-7) 9 11 9 7 3 4 43

ROOSEVELT (14-2) 11 7 9 9 3 10 49

MOANALUA Kiley Lau 8, Joanna Nicolas 5, Jasmine Funtanilla 13, Meleane Smith 6, Jaiden Rego 1, A.J. Verdida 9, Jasmine Young-Gusman 1. Totals 18 5-13 43.

ROOSEVELT Breyana Dutro-Solomua 3, Kelcie Namba 12, Charisse Tanabe 2, Shaina Kawakami 4, Nicole Ramirez 16, Abcde Furuta-Harada 0, Rachel Gomes 3, Mikela Thoemmes 9, Anuhea Kaneali'i 0. Totals 17 9-15 49.

3-point goals Moanalua 2 (Verdida, Funtanilla). Roosevelt 6 (Ramirez 3, Namba, Gomes, Dutro-Solomua).

OIA BOYS RED TOURNEY

FARRINGTON 66, RADFORD 63

Lancelot Williams scored 21 points, Jefrey Madarang 17 and Ronald Williams 12, lifting the Governors over the Rams. TJ Reid led Radford with 19 points.

FARRINGTON (4-9) 8 19 14 2566

RADFORD (8-5) 12 9 17 2563

FARRINGTON Scotland Smith 3, Paul Solomon 4, Jayfrey Damo 7, Jefrey Madarang 17, Bernard DeLeon 0, Joel Lanzaderas 0, Justin Vele 0, Lancelot Williams 21, Ronald Williams 12, Keoni Kiko 0, Viane Viana 2. Totals 16 33-53 66.

RADFORD TJ Reid 19, Glenn Castil 0, Tevita Baravilala 7, Jefferson Fiesta 9, Steven Watkins 4, Wayne Keys Jr. 0, Zach Pelzl 4, Bobby Woshlager 4, Isaiah Jackson 10, Dorsey Norris 0, Warren Carter 0, Cy Salanoa 3, Roscoe Kaliikane 3. Totals 24 13-31 63.

3-point goals Farrington 1 (Damo). Radford 2 (Reid, Kalilikane).

Reported by David Lane

WAIPAHU 38, KALĀHEO 37

Daeniel Cullen Diomanipo scored 12 points and the Marauders overcame seven 3-pointers by the host Mustangs. Kona Makaula scored 13 points for Kalāheo.

WAIPAHU (4-8) 6 11 11 10 38

KALĀHEO (8-5) 7 13 6 1137

WAIPAHU Duketoa Tili 6, Tatupu Tatupu 2, Daeniel Cullen Diomanipo 12, Mike Alipio 4, Aselemo Fruean 5, Anson Castello 9. Totals 12 14-29 38.

KALĀHEO Kevin Leong 3, Shane Hipa 8, Edward Atanoa 2, Kona Makaula 13, Wilson Macleod 3, Aaron Fernandez 8. Totals 11 8-19 37.

3-point goals Kalāheo 7 (Leong, Hipa, Makaula 2, Macleod, Fernandez 2).

Reported by Nicole Cale

KAIMUKĪ 64, 'AIEA 46

Mason Kualii-Moe scored 22 points and Gabriel Stietzel 16, and each hit four 3-pointers, to lead the Bulldogs past Nā Ali'i. Chucky Ka'ahanui scored 19 points for 'Aiea.

'AIEA (3-10) 7 11 13 1546

KAIMUKĪ (7-6) 16 21 16 1164

'AIEA Kory Naeole 8, Chucky Kaahanui 19, Branden Abiva 0, Api Foumai 4, Freddy Taliulu 5, Daniel Chambers 2, Keano Kuia 0, Dylan Dobson 0, Phillip Madriaga 0, Braxton Fukutomi 5, Colin Naito 1, Ilalio Sio 2. Totals 19 7-11 46.

KAIMUKĪ Raphael Vares 1, Tevin Nishiyama 7, Nicholas Motellang 3, Mason Kualii-Moe 22, Gordan Gestrich 0, A.J. DeJesus 0, Jonn Kakitani 0, Elijah Morita 7, Gabriel Stietzel 16, Chester Sua 8, Fiaosi Helaatiati 0, Ken Hashimoto 0. Totals 24 7-13 64.

3-point goals 'Aiea 1 (Kaahanui). Kaimukī 9 (Nishiyama, Kualii-Moe 4, Stietzel 4).

Reported by Kelly Grant

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