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The vision and burst that helped Ranan Mamiya rack up jaw-dropping numbers as a Farrington running back came in handy for the Governors basketball team on Thursday.
With Farrington trailing Damien by two in the final seconds of regulation, Mamiya found himself with the ball on the wing. He exploded to the basket and dropped in the tying layup as the buzzer sounded to force overtime.
Mamiya also drove for the first basket of the extra period and the Governors held off the Monarchs 58-54 at Kalaheo to advance to the semifinals of the Pete Smith Classic.
“I just tried to get down the court as fast as I could to try to get a foul or make the shot,” Mamiya said of the tying bucket. “It was good teamwork. Everybody spread out, there was an open hole, I just hit the hole and made the shot.”
Farrington, ranked second in this week’s Star-Advertiser poll, overcame Damien’s inside combo of Rocky Mori (20 points) and Kapi’ina King (16 points) to remain in the winners bracket and will face No. 1 Punahou at 6:30 p.m. on Friday.
Punahou pulled away from Terry Fox (Canada) 71-54 in Thursday’s second quarterfinal game to set up its third meeting with Farrington of the preseason. The Buffanblu and Governors split their previous matchups in tournaments at Radford and Moanalua.
Mamiya, who rushed for 1,246 yards and 16 touchdowns for the Farrington football team, finished with nine points while guard Jake Smith hit five 3-pointers on his way to a game-high 24 for the Governors.
PETE SMITH CLASSIC
Campbell 41, Fleetwood Park (Canada) 31
Southern Okanagan (Canada) 44, Kamehameha II 40
Mililani 55, Castle 44
Punahou II 59, Anuenue 27
Farrington 58, Damien 54 (OT)
Punahou 71, Terry Fox (Canada) 54
McKinley 65, Konawaena 53
Kalaheo 71, Leilehua 52