Seabury Hall clinched the Maui Interscholastic League Division II regular season championship with two wins over a shorthanded Molokai team at The Barn this weekend.
The Farmers are playing the rest of the season without some of their biggest players who were suspended for violating school rules and team rules. Dressing only seven players, none of whom are over 6-feet tall, the Farmers were unable to keep the larger Seabury boys from dominating the boards. The Farmers have now played four games without most of their starters.
“Last weekend we had to deal with adversity,” said head coach Lester Delos Reyes. “There are some issues here that made it hard to focus on basketball.”
Molokai could not slow down the Spartans on Friday night as they moved the ball inside at will in a 63-42 victory. For the Farmers, junior Hauoli Falealii was the top scorer with 19 points. Sophomore David Rapanot added 10 points for Molokai.
“Hauoli Falealii and David Rapanot are great players good team captains,” said Delos Reyes.
With some good three-point shooting to start Saturday’s game, Molokai was able to take a 14-13 lead after the first quarter. Then it looked as if Molokai got tired, missing shots and having a hard time penetrating the Seabury defense. Molokai scored eight points over the next two quarters and was never really in the game.
Delos Reyes said tired legs were affecting the team “big time.”
“When you have only two guys on the bench it’s hard to sub out,” said Delos Reyes. “We try to control tempo and control the ball.”
But without the ability to box out a larger Seabury team, Molokai had no real chance. At one point midway through the fourth quarter, Seabury had three consecutive offensive rebounds off missed free throws. Final score: 54-32. Seabury is 5-0 in MIL season play.
Top scorers for Molokai were Falealii, nine points, Rapanot seven and senior guard Edison Ringor seven.
Molokai (1-3) will travel to Lanai (2-2) on Friday for two games.
To prepare, Delos Reyes said the team, “has to work on building the chemistry again. When you lose that many players you have to retool again and rebuild.”