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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Friday, March 5, 2010

Pahoa, Kailua to play for Division II boys state basketball title

Advertiser Staff

Pahoa beat Kapaa, 52-36, and Kailua downed Academy of the Pacific to advance to the final of the boys Division II state high school basketball title game.

The teams will meet 5 p.m. Saturday at Stan Sheriff Center.


“We’ve been waiting for this moment,” said Nick Fisher, who scored 11 points in Pähoa’s 52-36 semifinal win over Kapa‘a tonight at Farrington gym.
“Everyone said we couldn’t do it, everyone put us down. We got back up and fought our way back here.”
Isaiah Ekau had 18 points and John Byrd had 12 points for the Daggers (8-9), the Big Island Interscholastic Federation runner-up who will play defending champion Kailua (15-4).
Pähoa team is the first BIIF school to reach the Division II final since Kohala in 2007.
“It’s a great accomplishment, it was our goal set from the beginning of the season,” said Ekau, who had 31 points in his team upset of top-seeded Roosevelt in Thursday’s quarterfinals.