t’s dog-eat-dog in KIF basketball as Warriors win, 63-62By NICK ABRAMO
TGI Sports Editor
LIHU’E — Come one, come all to the Kaua’i
Interscholastic Federation basketball circus where there is a winner every
It was Kapa’a’s turn on Tuesday night. The Warriors nipped the
Kaua’i Red Raiders 63-62 in yet another game that went down to the
All three KIF teams are now 1-1 in second round games thus far, and
all three teams are still very much alive in the title chase.
the other KIF games this season, it was a high-scoring affair.
were running — and huffing and puffing and sweating — and scoring.
Lum-Tucker kept his high-scoring tear intact with 25 Red Raider points. But it
wasn’t enough at the end. Lum-Tucker’s three-point attempt at the buzzer missed
as the Warriors erupted in celebration on the Raiders’ home court.
shifted back and forth all night long, leading to a hotly contested fourth
Kaua’i’s Jason Kashiwabara scored from underneath the hoop with
1:20 left in the game to knot it up at 60-60 and Lum-Tucker put the Raiders
ahead 62-60 with two free throws.
Kapa’a’s Willy Carollo hit one from the
charity stripe to make it 62-61 before both teams were called for critical
The Raiders had possession, but Kapu Hendrickson
busted in for a steal and passed to Justin Matsukawa for an apparent go-ahead
lay-up. Hendrickson, though, was fouled on the play, and he went to the line to
promptly make both shots for the 63-62 Kapa’a lead with 27.9 seconds to
Lum-Tucker’s 15-foot attempt missed and Kapa’a’s Kekoa Chun hauled in
the rebound. Chun two shots from the line missed, giving Kaua’i another shot at
overtaking the lead.
This time down the court, Kaua’i’s R-Jay Pillos fired
up a 17-footer and Carollo cradled the rebound. A Raider quickly grabbed at the
ball, leading to a jump-ball call, and possession went to Kaua’i with 5 ticks
The in-bounds pass went smoothly, and the Raiders pushed it over to
Lum-Tucker — who has proven himself in clutch situations countless times —
but the shot was too long.
The game marked the return of strong inside play
from Kapa’a’s Chun who ended with 18 points.
Hendrickson, the Warriors’
floor leader, added 14 points. John Patch collected 11 and Justin Matsukawa
finished with 10.
Mason Ceria had a hot hand again for Kaua’i, notching 11
points, while Lionel Tomacder added eight.
Overall, Kaua’i is 4-2 and
Kapa’a is 3-3.
Kapa’a visits Waimea (2-4) Friday night.