Sports briefs: Boys drop two to Seabury; girls prepare for state tournament; Boys swim team finishes fifth in MIL
The Molokai boys basketball team has one more chance to prove itself in the Maui Interscholastic League tournament this week after dropping two close games at home to Seabury Hall over the weekend.
Despite losing all four of its games to the Spartans this season, Molokai pushed Seabury to the limit Saturday afternoon at The Barn, losing by one point in overtime, 56-55.
David Rapanot led the way for the Farmers, scoring 26 points. Hau’oli Falealii added 24 points for Molokai. The two teams were tied at 50 at the end of regulation.
The night before, Seabury captured the regular season MIL Division II boys basketball title with a 49-46 victory. Falealii was the high scorer for Molokai, finishing with 26 points, while Paka Adolpho scored 13.
Seabury finishes the regular season with an 11-1 record, while Molokai placed second in the division at 7-5. The MIL Division II tournament begins Thursday at the Lahaina Civic Center with Seabury playing St. Anthony at 2:30 p.m. while Molokai faces Lanai at 4 p.m. The winners of those games play Friday at 5:30 p.m. for the tournament championship.
Meanwhile, the girls basketball team is preparing for the state tournament after its dramatic victory last week over Seabury in the MIL tournament in Maui.
The Division II state tournament begins tomorrow in Kaimuki where Molokai takes on Hanalani in the first round starting at 5 p.m.
If they win, Molokai will play on Wednesday against the No. 4-seeded Kalaheo at the Kalani gym starting at 7 p.m. Semifinals and consolation rounds continue Thursday with the championship game on Friday at 5 p.m. at the Blaisdell Arena.
The MIL swimming and diving championships were held Saturday at the Kihei Aquatic Center on Maui. The boys team placed in seven different events to finish fifth as a team with 8 points. Baldwin High School won both the girls and boys divisions.
Molokai’s best finish came in the 200 freestyle relay when the boys placed third in a time of 1:43.08. Individually, two boys placed fifth: Michael Kikukawa in the 100 breaststroke (1:11.75) and Akona Adolpho the 200 freestyle (2:08.72).
Other top Molokai finishers included Luke Kikukawa, seventh in the 200 individual medley (2:44.09); Caulin Nelson, eighth in the 100 butterfly (1:32.35); and in the 100 freestyle, Adolpho, sixth (55.43) and Michael Kikukawa, eighth.
In the other relay events, Molokai finished sixth in the 200 medley relay (2:25.37) and sixth in the 200 freestyle relay (2:04.53).