Sports briefs: Boys split two basketball games with St. Anthony; Seven local wrestling champs; Girls place third at MIL regatta
A busy sports weekend as all the Molokai athletes saw Maui Interscholastic League competition.
The weekend had a promising start as the boys basketball defeated St. Anthony on Friday evening at War Memorial Gym, 47-36.
The Farmer boys, outscoring St. Anthony in all four quarters, were led by Oli Falealii with 16 points. David Rapanot added 13 points while Eddie Ringor had 11 points, Haloa Hamakua, four points and Braden Willing-McCutcheon with two.
The next day the Farmers started strong, leading 20-11 at halftime. After three quarters Molokai still was ahead 35-28. But in the fourth quarter, the Spartans picked up their energy and came back from an 18-point deficit to beat the Farmers 46-43. Molokai only dressed seven players as several team members were not eligible to play for disciplinary reasons.
Scoring for Molokai were Falealii with 13 points, Eddie Ringor, six, David Rapanot 12, Paka Adolpho three and Brauhansen Kaai 9. The loss gives Molokai a 1-1 MIL record.
Four girls and three boys from Molokai claimed titles Saturday at the Kamehameha Maui gym at an MIL meet.
Dhavin Spencer-Basa defeated Lahainaluna’s Bodean Bates, the defending MIL champion at heavyweight, by a 3-2 decision. Spencer Basa transferred back to Molokai this year after wrestling last year for Campbell as a freshman. The win raises his season record to 6-0.
Also earning titles for Molokai were Kailen Inouye at 135 pounds and Julian Daniel Bicoy 140 pounds.
For the girls, Mikayla Pico continued her dominance at 98 pounds by beating Lahainaluna’s Chanel Sijalbo. Also winning their weight classes were Kaila Cabanting (108 pounds), Rizpah Torres Umi (120 pounds) and Charisse Manley (130 pounds).
At the MIL Regatta No. 4 on Saturday, Molokai girls placed third in a time of 4 minutes, 25.42 seconds. Seabury Hall girls won the regatta at Ka Lae Pohaku in a time of 4:14.25.
With the win, the Seabury girls clinch the MIL title. The team point standings through four of five regattas is: Seabury Hall 33, Kamehameha Maui 27, Molokai 24.