The Molokai boys basketball team was treated roughly by the Pailolo Channel on the ferry ride over to the 2012 Lahainaluna Winter Classic and again by Curtis High School from Washington State on Wednesday.
An aggressive Curtis defense held the Farmers to only 4 first half points at the Lahaina Civic Center. Molokai attacked more in the second half but lost the game 79-21. The Curtis team members were all over six feet and slam-dunking the ball at every opportunity.
Despite the blowout, Molokai Head Coach Lester Delos Reyes said he was impressed with how his team never gave up. “The challenge today, along with the teams we face in this tournament, will help us prepare for the MIL season,” said Delos Reyes.
The next day, a Molokai team motivated to prove itself jumped out to a lead on Pitt Meadows High School out of British Columbia, Canada. Hauoli Faleali’i scored the first 5 points for the Farmers to help them to a 5-0 start and a 26-22 halftime lead.
Pitt Meadows shut down Molokai in the third quarter, outscoring them 22-2 to take a 44-28 lead. The Farmers played hard to the end but came out on the short end of a 54-43 loss.
Coach Delos Reyes attributed the loss to Pitt Meadows ability to control the boards and get many second chance points off of offensive rebounds. David Rapanot led the way for Molokai with 19 points while Faleali’i finished with 15 points.
Girls top Lanai
The Molokai girls’ basketball team had a better outing Wednesday night, defeating the visiting Lanai team 48-21 at The Barn. Hepuakea Faleali’i led the way with 14 points along with Lehiwa Pedro’s 12 points.