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Central Medical gets top seed for Summer League playoffs

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The regular-season of the Hawai’i College Basketball Summer League came to a close in dramatic fashion on Saturday night at Manoa Valley District Park Gym.

Central Medical Clinic – boosted by a halftime entry from former University of Hawai’i forward Bill Amis – captured the regular-season title and top seed for next week’s playoffs with a 127-122 overtime victory over Solar Universe.

Solar Universe led by as many as 20 points in the first half, and had a 62-47 lead at intermission. Amis walked into the gym at halftime, then started the second half without warming up. He proceeded to score 20 points and grab 17 rebounds after that, as Central Medical rallied for the crucial win.

‘Iolani School graduate Kyle Pape scored a game-high 39 points for Central Medical, and Mililani graduate Johnathan Keen added 28. UH sophomore guard Michael Harper contributed six points and three rebounds.

UH senior guard Brandon Spearman scored 26 points and grabbed eight rebounds for Solar Universe. Incoming sophomore Negus Webster-Chan also scored 26, including 6-of-13 shooting from 3-point range.

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Sophomore guard Dyrbe Enos shot 3 of 7 from 3-point range and contributed 11 points, and incoming freshman Niko Filipovich scored eight.

Former UH guard Zane Johnson led Solar Universe with 27 points, including a 3-pointer from the corner that tied that score at 108 in the closing seconds of regulation.

Pape scored eight points in the overtime and Amis added five to lead Central Medical to the win.

Central Medical ended the regular-season at 7-3, and Solar Universe at 6-4. Both teams will receive byes into the semifinals of the playoffs.

In the second game of the night, Wealth Strategy Partners defeated Clark Hatch Fitness, 89-85. Former UH star Julian Sensley scored 26 points to lead Wealth Strategy.

UH junior point guard Keith Shamburger turned in another impressive all-around game for Clark Hatch Fitness with 22 points, nine rebounds and seven assists. Incoming freshman Michael Thomas added two points and five rebounds.

Clark Hatch Fitness had won five consecutive games prior to Saturday, and could have earned a No. 2 seed for the playoffs with a win.

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Final regular-season standings

Central Medical Clinic 7-3
Solar Universe 6-4
Wealth Strategy Partners 5-5
Clark Hatch Fitness 5-5
National Fire Protection 5-5
Grantco Pacific 2-8

Playoff Schedule

Tuesday, August 6
6 p.m. – Clark Hatch Fitness vs. National Fire Protection
7:30 p.m. – Wealth Strategy Partners vs. Grantco Pacific

Thursday, August 8
6 p.m. – Solar Universe vs. Wealth Strategy/Grantco winner
7:30 p.m. – Central Medical vs. Clark Hatch/National Fire winner

Saturday, August 10
7 p.m. – Championship game

NOTE: All playoff games next week will be played at Maryknoll School Gym. All playoff games will be televised live on Olelo channel 49 and streamed live on the internet at youtube.com/olelocm

(Game photos courtesy Brandon Flores / www.brandonfloresphotography.com)

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The second video above features an update on some of the injured Warriors who have been missing recent games in the Summer League.

Sophomore forward Isaac Fotu (National Fire Protection) and sophomore guard Brandon Jawato (Clark Hatch Fitness) will not participate in next week’s playoffs due to their respective injuries.

Fotu said his rehabilitation process for a torn meniscus in his knee is going well, and it will not require surgery. Jawato is having problems with an ankle injury, and it may keep him away from basketball drills for a few more weeks.

Incoming sophomore point guard Quincy Smith (Central Medical Clinic) has sat out the last two weeks with a toe injury, but may be ready to return next week. He said if Central Medical makes it to the championship game, he will try to play.

9 Comments

  1. Thanks, Dayton, Brandon, Staff, Sponsors
    for COMPLETE Summer Season-Long (and ALL-Year) Highlights and Team Insider Updates

    Glad the Aussie Visa issue has a good, long-term solution!
    …and the classes worked out for both Isaac and Michael Harper…
    Summer Sessions can easily add up to saving a semester (or two)…
    Looks like you might have even earned a few Tim Tams —
    How do they compare to recently resurrected Twinkies?

    Hope Brandon Jawato & Quincy can strengthen overall and put away the potential lingering injuries…

  2. Advice for Quincy. Take it easy. Heal up 100%. These summer league games are not important in the scheme of things. No use having a setback. Based on what I’ve read at this site the top UH players in the CSL are Shamburger, Webster-Chan, Nevels, Valdes, and Smith. On occasion, Dressler and Javanovic have had their moments.

    Thanks Dayton for keeping us informed.

  3. I think that it would be fair to say that Michael learnt alot about paperwork and the administrative process.
    Thanks Dayton, it is great to see him back in Hawaii, playing basketball with his mates with a smile on his face.
    As people often say on this site (and I don’t know this for myself) – it is summer league – but gosh all the boys look fantastic!!
    I will have to beg, borrow or steal to come over again and be amongst it at Christmas time!! (ps not really steal!)

    Can’t wait for the season to start – apart from my own son – I really enjoyed watching Spearman play last season – but now I am eager to see the talents of Shamburger this season!!!

  4. I agree with Derek. Toe injuries are tricky. They seem minor but can become chronic. Let it heal 100%.

    I’m glad Isaac is taking his time to work his way back. Again, best to fully heal before returning to competition.

    Brandon’s ankle situation doesn’t sound too good. Hoping for the best for him.

  5. Thanks Dayton on updates, summer league, and more importantly, INJURY reports.

    Agreed. Isaac smart, rehab that knee well, be ready for regular season.

    Jawato, if his injury needing after season, surgery, not too good. Unless medical waiver, feel bad for Brandon, he is going to give it a go, at not 100%. Gib was so high on Jawato’s ability, I believe, his injury from last year, possibly affected his play, and now with cartlidge problem, shoots, I feel bad. Hope in long run, Brandon will one day be fully healthy.

    Quincy, another one, shoots, possible fracture toe. Those things can be chronic. Quincy, Jawato and Isaac, take your time, your health for later adult life very important too. Good health , and play it safe, real season starts, the fall camp, preseason, in a little over two months, hope all 3 of you are good to go!

    Now I can see why Gib has a pretty large roster, RS, preferred walkons, and scholies, JUST in case of losing, several key guys!

    Good health to all the UH MBB guys, we learned from past 3 years of Gib era, one or two guys get sick or injured, could cost games, however more important, the young guys bodies and future good health!

    Rehab and be safe UH MBB team!!

  6. Dayton, do they still do a draft for players on teams who didn’t make the playoffs? That’s the coolest thing.

    Looking forward to watching the games live!

  7. Who is the announcer at Summer League games? He’s mellow & fun, knows the players and has great taste in music during breaks. Hope he gets to be a part of the Olelo telecasts.

  8. So, with the Summer League Playoff games all televised live via youtube.com/olelocm (as Dayton noted above) out-of-state, out-of-country, homebound fans can get another early look at some of the UHMBB players — of course not as efficient viewing as Dayton’s (labor-intensive) edits/highlights…

    They ought to ADD One or TWO “ALL-STAR” Games — the way ‘some’ teams pick up players from eliminated teams, the Championship Semis and Finals could be something like All-Star game(s)…

  9. Jesus…. Sensley just abused his man at 5:00

    Love the background footage of the camp with the keiki’s. That will translate to more fans at the SSC. Gib and the team are doing all the right things off the court to grow the program.

    Once this team starts rolling in the wins this year and especially next year, I can see SSC filling up for the foreseeable future. It will be fun!

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