HONOLULU — The Hawai‘i Baptist Academy Eagles soared over the Kaua‘i High School Red Raiders in a consolation game in the Hawaiian Airlines Hawai‘i State Basketball game, yesterday 64-51.
The loss ended the Raiders (7-4, 0-2 in the tournament) run in the tournament, while HBA (12-4, 1-1) moves on to play the St. Joseph Cardinals (9-9, 1-1) of the Big Island, for the seventh place finish.
The Raiders had a 1-point lead in the first quarter, but the game started to slip away in the second. The Eagles continued their run in the third, and shut down the Raider offense in the fourth.
Kaua‘i’s Basil Walton fouled out late in the game, committing 3 fouls in the span of 45 seconds.
A foul on Kaua‘i’s Travis Stine sent him to the line to pick up two for the team.
On the next Raider possession, Jordan Cox and Tyrus Ceria-Lux passed the ball around, hoping that their teammates could get good looks at the basket.
Ceria-Lux found an open man in Justin Ramos who sank a 3-pointer in an attempt to close the gap.
HBA answered almost immediately with a bucket of its own, bringing the score to 63-51.
Kaua‘i’s Damien Girard crashed into HBA’s Dominic Hart, sending him to the line and sinking one.
Kaua‘i’s top scorers were Ramos with 12, Cox, Ceria-Lux and Walton with 9, and Stine with 7.
HBA plays St. Joseph today at 4 p.m. at Kaimuki High School. St. Joseph defeated Pahoa High 56-46, yesterday to advance for one more game. The Pahoa Daggers at one time, pulled with 3. The Cardinals took off in the fourth, scoring 9 points, to solidify the win.
The Division II tournament continues through tomorrow with the championship game taking place at 6 p.m. at the Stan Sheriff Center.