Baldwin Stays Unbeaten in Boys Hoops With Rout of Warriors
By Rodney S. Yap
Baldwin High School seniors Pasoni Tasini and Gabe Ross combined for 23 points Tuesday night en route to a decisive 45-24 victory over Kamehameha Maui at the Bears’ gym.
The win improved the Bears unbeaten record to 7-0, while the Warriors fell to 1-6.
Second-place King Kekaulike (4-2) travel cross-town to play Kamehameha Maui on Thursday at 5:30 p.m.
In other MIL boys games Thursday, Lahainaluna hosts Maui High at 7 p.m. and Baldwin welcomes visiting Molokai at 6 p.m.
On Tuesday, the Bears used their patent fullcourt-pressure defense to break open a two-point, first-period advantage, 11-9, with an 11-2 second-period explosion.
Leading 22-11 at halftime, the Bears opened the second half with their motion offense that killed 90 seconds off the game clock before the Warriors were whistled for a foul that led to two free throws by Teva Eldridge.
Baldwin continued its dominace and capped a 14-4 third period when freshman guard Kody Takushi hit a baseline 3-pointer with three seconds left, 36-15.
The Bears went to their bench in the fourth period and Kamehameha Maui never got closer than the final outcome.
Baldwin’s Takushi added eight points and Eldridge six, while Erin Lindsey had a team-high seven points for the Warriors.
In girls basketball earlier in the evening, Tori Cambra had a game high 20 points to lift Kamehameha Maui to a 47-37 victory over Baldwin.
The Warriors (6-5) used a 14-1 third-quarter advantage to overcome a their 20-17 deficit at halftime. Jayden Almeida chipped in 11 for the winners.
Kaci Shimabuku scored a team-high 11 points for Baldwin, while Kiana Kalehuawehe added eight points.