Spar­tans open with victory over Tro­jans

The Maui News - - SPORTS - By ROBERT COLLIAS

Staff Writer

WAILUKU — The Se­abury Hall boys bas­ket­ball team is seek­ing its 10th Maui In­ter­scholas­tic League ti­tle in a row.

The Spar­tans got off to a fast start to­ward that goal with a 70-19 win over St. An­thony on Fri­day night at War Me­mo­rial Gym.

Se­abury Hall broke open the game with a 20-0 run in the first half to take a 27-5 lead. Joaquin Donez scored on a break­away af­ter a nifty pass from Noah Payne to put the lead to 37-7 with 1 minute, 45 sec­onds left in the first half.

Payne scored a game-high 17 points in the first MIL game he has ever played with­out his brother, Isa­iah Payne, on the Spar­tans ros­ter. Isa­iah Payne, a three-time MIL D-II Player of the Year, is a fresh­man at Seat­tle Univer­sity on a track schol­ar­ship.

“Oh yeah, I’ve been wait­ing for this year for awhile,” Noah Payne said. “It’s a lit­tle bit dif­fer­ent team. We lost, ob­vi­ously, Isa­iah, but it was just good to get a reg­u­lar-sea­son game go­ing.”

Big brother had some ad­vice for his younger sib­ling.

“He was just say­ing ‘be con­fi­dent in your shot, don’t be afraid to take the open ones,’ ” Noah Payne said.

The mercy-rule run­ning clock stayed in ef­fect the en­tire sec­ond half with the mar­gin more than 30 points.

The Spar­tans went 6-8 in non­league play against a sched­ule packed with tough op­po­nents.

“We’re look­ing to just kind of get our rhythm go­ing,” Se­abury Hall coach Scott Prather said. “We took some losses in the pre­sea­son that were against some good teams, so we kind of got stag­gered a lit­tle bit, but it was nice to come out and just ex­e­cute, play our game and come out with a victory.”

Early in the game, the Tro­jans were hang­ing tough with their six-player ros­ter — Jonathan Vergel de Dios sank a 3-pointer to bring them within 7-5 be­fore the Spar­tans’ big run.

The Tro­jans do not have much bas­ket­ball ex­pe­ri­ence, but coach Kim Kasa­hara was pleased with his team’s ef­fort all night. The game was the first of any kind this sea­son for St. An­thony.

“Those (Se­abury Hall) guys are one of the best teams in the state,” Kasa­hara said. “My guys played hard, it was good. That was the first or­ga­nized

bas­ket­ball game for some of my guys.”

St. An­thony’s Calvin John­son scored in­side, was fouled and com­pleted a 3-point play with 4:29 left in the third quar­ter to bring the Tro­jans within 49-11.

John Biegel com­pleted a 3point play mid­way through the fourth quar­ter to push the Spar­tans’ lead to 64-14. Biegel’s next 3-point play gave the Spar­tans their big­gest lead at 70-14.

Kaimana Baker led the Tro­jans with eight points.

Carl Moli­naro scored 15 points, Donez had 12 and Kama Kono­hia 10 for the Spar­tans. Robert Collias is at rcol­lias @mauinews.com

The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

Se­abury Hall’s Carl Moli­naro goes to the bas­ket against St. An­thony’s Calvin John­son on Fri­day at War Me­mo­rial Gym.

The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER pho­tos

PHOTO ABOVE: St. An­thony’s Evan Ess­ner (left) and Se­abury Hall’s Kama Kono­hia com­pete for a sec­ond-quar­ter loose ball Fri­day. PHOTO BELOW: The Spar­tans’ Noah Payne fol­lows through on a sec­ond-quar­ter shot.

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