The Mason County Royals held off a small and scrappy Kaimuki team from Honolulu for a 50-46 victory Friday in the Iolani Classic in Hawaii. The Royals kept building double digit leads only to see the Bulldogs battle back. Mason County had a 14-point lead in the first half. Kaimuki rallied to tie the game at 28-28 in the third quarter. The Royals went ahead 43-33 with 5:18 left in the game. The Bulldogs went on a 13-5 run to get within two at 48-46 with 1:16 to play. Kaimuki had a chance to tie the game or take the lead but turned the ball over. Tyler Black rebounded a missed free throw by Jordan Gilbert and was fouled. Black hit both free throws to seal the win. Black was 8-of-8 on free throws and scored a game-high 16 points. Gilbert and Treg Setty scored 14 points a piece. Mason County will play the winner of the Mt. Vernon vs. Kamehameha at 1 a.m. Sunday (Maysville time).
MC (3-1) Gilbert 14, Osborne 4, Black 16, Setty 14, Hamm 2