Iolani Raiders 54 – Radford Rams 35
Dr. Phillips Panthers 81 – Academy of the Pacific Dolphins 47
Wheeler Wildcats 71 – Mililani Trojans 34
Oak Hill Warriors 108 – Moanalua Na Menehune 33
The marquee team to watch in the tournament – Oak Hill – didn’t disappoint. All of the fans who packed the gym at 8pm were treated to a high-flying jam fest from the No. 1 team in the nation. The Warriors jumped out to a 21-1 lead, and never slowed down.
Moanalua scored two points in the second quarter as Oak Hill extended its lead to 50-12 by halftime. After the third quarter, the slaughter amounted to 84-20.
Duke commit Quinn Cook played up to his reputation as a pass-first point guard. Cook threw several lobs to Ben McLemore, Damien Wilson, and whomever else was open and willing to jump.
McLemore showed his athleticism and wingspan by going sky-high for one of Cook’s lobs that initially appeared out of reach. Cook to McLemore was a common combination throughout the game; the two are good friends off the court, too.
Cook led all scorers with 17 points. Keith Hornsby contributed 16 points while McLemore tallied 15 points.
Although the Warriors were clearly dominant, head coach Steve Smith said that they still have some things to work on. “Defensively, we wanted to get into our press, and we didn’t really get to do that. We also wanted to get into some zone defense and mix in some traps, but we didn’t do that a whole lot. We’ll be working on those things tomorrow during practice,” Smith said.
Cook didn’t play in the second or fourth quarters because the game was out of hand and his knee was bothering him. He had a bag of ice wrapped around his right knee during the fourth quarter of the game. Apparently, this is standard procedure; he’s still recovering from the meniscus tear he suffered earlier in the year.
Cook said, “I ice my knee three times a day. I felt really good in the shootaround but I bumped knees with a guy in the game – that’s why my knee started hurting, and it got really sore.”
The 11-hour flight from Virginia to Hawaii didn’t help. Cook said that his knee was feeling extremely tight and sore from the long flight. In addition, the weather change contributed to the discomfort. “We also didn’t do anything yesterday so I didn’t get a chance to stretch it out or work on it,” he said.
Oak Hill will play the host school, Iolani, on Saturday at 5:00pm.
Notes from other games:
-Wheeler from Marietta, Georgia dominated Mililani with pure athleticism, but fundamentally, the Wildcats were sloppy; they missed easy layups and continually threw lazy passes. Tevin Reeves led all scorers with 15 points.
-DePaul commit Shane Larkin displayed the shooting touch and decision-making that made the Blue Demons interested in him. He finished with 19 points, including three 3-pointers, for Dr. Phillips. Teammate Isaac Lane led all scorers with 26 points, including six buckets from beyond the arc.
-Iolani defeated Radford in the only homegrown matchup of the tournament. The host school will play Oak Hill next, and it won’t be pretty. Josiah Sukumaran led all scorers with 12 points.