HPA knocks off Kalani 42-33 for state title

Hawaii Preparatory Academy on Saturday defeated Kalani 42-33 in the title game of the Division II Hawaii High School Athletic Association state boys basketball tournament at Neal Blaisdell Arena on Oahu.

HPA leaned on post players David Ovbagbedia (12 points, 11 rebounds and a blocked shot) and Nicky Palleschi (nine points and five rebounds), while point guard Justas Gecas (eight points, six rebounds and four assists) ran the offense to perfection while dribbling out of continuous pressure— including some double- and triple-team efforts — applied by Kalani’s pesky defenders.

Division I consolation

Konawaena defeated Baldwin in the state Division II boys basketball tournament’s fifth-place game Saturday.

Division II

Seabury Hall on Saturday defeated Kohala High School in the state Division II tournament’s third-place game.

The final games of the HHSAA state D-I and D-II tournaments were also played at Blaisdell Arena.

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