By Ke’van Dudoit
The Molokai boys basketball team experienced perhaps the worst boat ride ever from Molokai to Maui and still battled tough with Campbell High School Monday night at the King Kekaulike Gymnasium. But it was not enough as Campbell defeated Molokai 48-37.
Molokai woke up early Tuesday morning and made the drive from the Maui High gym to the Lahaina Civic Center for the third annual Lahainaluna Winter Invitational Basketball Tournament. First up, a game against the Sabers from Maui High School.
In the first half, it didn’t look like a lack of sleep took a toll on the boys from Molokai. The Farmers hung with the Sabers, trailing at the end of the first quarter 14-12, then coming back in the second quarter to take a 27-24 halftime lead.
After 16 minutes of play, the Farmers began to look tired on defense. Players committed turnovers and missed baskets but still battled tough. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough. Maui High outscored the Farmers 36-20 points in the second half to win the game 60-47.
For Molokai, Paka Adolpho led the way with 17 points, while Brahunson Ka’ai and Edizon Ringor added 11 points each.
“The kids played hard, I mean they had a rough boat ride, an early morning drive and they played two games in 12 hours,” said assistant coach Rick Schonely. “I am proud that they came out and battled with the Sabers, but unfortunately they became tired in the second half” Schonely added.
The Farmers will now face the tough Bears from Baldwin High School today at 9:30 a.m. at the Lahaina Civic Center. “We will be back tomorrow, ready to play our game, that’s what preseason is about; working on your game and giving the kids a chance to play” Schonely added.
Molokai boys suffer third straight loss
The Molokai boys basketball team came back to the Lahaina Civic Center this morning looking for a victory. But standing in its way was MIL Division I Powerhouse Baldwin.
Molokai trailed 6-4 at the end of an ugly first quarter, a quarter that had many turnovers and missed baskets. Baldwin went on an 18-10 second quarter scoring run to lead 24-14 at halftime.
The Bears never looked back, outscoring the Farmers 43-15 in the second half to win the game 67-29.
Assistant Coach Rick Schonely said he admires his player’s progress during preseason. “It’s a learning experience, the kids get a chance to play really good teams, which will help us to prepare for our MIL Division II season,” Coach Schonely added.
Edizon Ringor led the way with 11 points for Molokai, while Brahunson Ka’ai added 8, and Paka Adolpho added 6 for the Farmers, who only had four players score in the entire game.
Molokai will next play two-time MIL Division I Champions Lahainaluna tomorrow at 3 p.m.
“Tomorrow’s game will put the final touches on our preparation for our season,” Schonely added.
Molokai boys face fourth straight loss
The Molokai boys basketball team returned to the Lahaina Civic Center Thursday to play its fourth straight game in four days; this time against tournament host and two-time defending MIL Division I champions Lahainaluna.
Unfortunately, it was a game that got off to slow start for the Farmers, making a comeback at the end pretty challenging. Lahainaluna led 49-14 at the end of the third quarter, but with positive coaches and players, the Farmers continued to play hard. It really showed in the fourth quarter with Molokai outscoring Lahainaluna 18-11 before losing by a final score of 60-32.
“Lahainaluna is a really good team that pressured our team, which helps us to prepare for the regular season,” said Assistant Coach Rick Schonely.
The Farmers return home today after a long week on Maui. They will get back to work after taking a couple days off to recuperate.
“We know what we need to work on to prepare us for the season, and it’s all because of the preseason trips to Kauai and Maui” Schonely added.
Molokai will play against alumni teams next week Wednesday and Thursday, which will add on to their MIL season preparation. St. Anthony, Lanai and Seabury join Molokai in the four-team league this year. The Farmers open the MIL Division II regular season on Jan. 20 and 21 at the War Memorial Gymnasium on Maui.