Red Raiders avoid strike three

Kaua’i goads Kapa’a into a running game; Lum-Tucker, Ceria score 21 each in

73-55 title game victory

By NICK ABRAMO

TGI Sports Editor

KAPA’A —

This one will be remembered as the one that didn’t get away.

Head coach

Buzzy Cox and the Kaua’i High School Red Raiders didn’t let the ghost of the

past two years get in the way Friday night.

The Red Raiders fended off the

highly charged Kapa’a Warriors 73-55 to capture the Kaua’i Interscholastic

Federation varsity boys basketball championship.

This was the year that the

favored Red Raiders were able to pull through and go all the way. Two years

ago, the Waimea Menehunes came out of nowhere to snatch the title from Kaua’i

High’ clutches. Last year, it was the Warriors who came on strong at the end of

the season to seize the coveted championship.

This year, there was no

strike three.

The Raiders did what they do best — run, and Kapa’a

eventually got lulled into the quick-paced game instead of being patient,

slowing the pace down and letting their height advantage take its toll on the

smaller Red Raiders.

The game was closer than the score indicates. The

Raiders held a slim 32-31 halftime lead, and they led by just three, 48-45,

early in the fourth period.

By hitting 10-out-of 12 free throws, including

four from Jason Kashiwabara and three from Brandon Ramos, the Kaua’i lead

ballooned to 60-46 with two minutes to go.

But it wasn’t quite over. A mad

Warrior surge cut the lead to just six points, 60-53, with a minute left. Kekoa

Chun’s steal and rare slam-dunk got the Kapa’a motor going. Justin Matsukawa

followed with a trey and Chad Sakai dropped in a hoop after a Randall Silva

steal.

But Kapa’a was forced to foul and Kaua’i put the game away at the

line, sinking 8-for-8. Mason Ceria’s three-point play and Tyler Kobayashi’s

lay-up also served to keep Kapa’a at bay.

Kapa’a controlled the first

period with big forwards Chun, Silva, John Patch and Cody Dolor standing in the

paint and denying Kaua’i on defense.

The Warriors got the offensive

first-quarter boost from Chun with eight points and John Patch with six en

route to a 20-11 lead. Kapu Hendrickson, the high-flying Warrior guard, fired

up a trey.

Lionel Tomacder, who turned in a strong night of rebounding to

go along with his 13 points on the night, scored Kaua’i’s first six points in

the game.

Mason Ceria and Brad Lum-Tucker started to heat up for the

Raiders in the second period.

Lum-Tucker, who was a big factor on the

boards, scored 10 in the period and Ceria added five.

R-Jay Pillos’

three-point bomb put Kaua’i on top for the first time, 30-28.

During a

furious up-and-down-the-court spree, Hendrickson was fouled while scoring an

acrobatic lay-up and he made the free throw for a temporary 31-30

lead.

Lum-Tucker’s 12-foot jumper gave Kaua’i its one-point 32-31 halftime

edge.

Ceria pumped home eight third-quarter points and Lum-Tucker nailed a

three-pointer at the buzzer for a 46-39 Raider lead heading into the final

quarter.

Hoops by Silva, Hendrickson and Chun allowed Kapa’a to trim the

lead to 48-45, but Kapa’a got anxious and fouled and the Raiders made them

pay.

Lum-Tucker and Ceria finished shared game-high honors with 21 points

apiece.

Chun scored 19 for Kapa’a, while Matsukawa and Hendrickson added

10 each.

Kaua’i (6-2) will head to the state tourney Feb.

23-26.

Kapa’a finished the season at 4-4.

Kaua’i goads Kapa’a into a

running game; Lum-Tucker, Ceria score 21 each in 73-55 title game

victory

By NICK ABRAMO

TGI Sports Editor

KAPA’A — This one will be

remembered as the one that didn’t get away.

Head coach Buzzy Cox and the

Kaua’i High School Red Raiders didn’t let the ghost of the past two years get

in the way Friday night.

The Red Raiders fended off the highly charged

Kapa’a Warriors 73-55 to capture the Kaua’i Interscholastic Federation varsity

boys basketball championship.

This was the year that the favored Red

Raiders were able to pull through and go all the way. Two years ago, the Waimea

Menehunes came out of nowhere to snatch the title from Kaua’i High’ clutches.

Last year, it was the Warriors who came on strong at the end of the season to

seize the coveted championship.

This year, there was no strike

three.

The Raiders did what they do best — run, and Kapa’a eventually got

lulled into the quick-paced game instead of being patient, slowing the pace

down and letting their height advantage take its toll on the smaller Red

Raiders.

The game was closer than the score indicates. The Raiders held a

slim 32-31 halftime lead, and they led by just three, 48-45, early in the

fourth period.

By hitting 10-out-of 12 free throws, including four from

Jason Kashiwabara and three from Brandon Ramos, the Kaua’i lead ballooned to

60-46 with two minutes to go.

But it wasn’t quite over. A mad Warrior surge

cut the lead to just six points, 60-53, with a minute left. Kekoa Chun’s steal

and rare slam-dunk got the Kapa’a motor going. Justin Matsukawa followed with a

trey and Chad Sakai dropped in a hoop after a Randall Silva steal.

But

Kapa’a was forced to foul and Kaua’i put the game away at the line, sinking

8-for-8. Mason Ceria’s three-point play and Tyler Kobayashi’s lay-up also

served to keep Kapa’a at bay.

Kapa’a controlled the first period with big

forwards Chun, Silva, John Patch and Cody Dolor standing in the paint and

denying Kaua’i on defense.

The Warriors got the offensive first-quarter

boost from Chun with eight points and John Patch with six en route to a 20-11

lead. Kapu Hendrickson, the high-flying Warrior guard, fired up a

trey.

Lionel Tomacder, who turned in a strong night of rebounding to go

along with his 13 points on the night, scored Kaua’i’s first six points in the

game.

Mason Ceria and Brad Lum-Tucker started to heat up for the Raiders in

the second period.

Lum-Tucker, who was a big factor on the boards, scored

10 in the period and Ceria added five.

R-Jay Pillos’ three-point bomb put

Kaua’i on top for the first time, 30-28.

During a furious

up-and-down-the-court spree, Hendrickson was fouled while scoring an acrobatic

lay-up and he made the free throw for a temporary 31-30 lead.

Lum-Tucker’s

12-foot jumper gave Kaua’i its one-point 32-31 halftime edge.

Ceria pumped

home eight third-quarter points and Lum-Tucker nailed a three-pointer at the

buzzer for a 46-39 Raider lead heading into the final quarter.

Hoops by

Silva, Hendrickson and Chun allowed Kapa’a to trim the lead to 48-45, but

Kapa’a got anxious and fouled and the Raiders made them pay.

Lum-Tucker and

Ceria finished shared game-high honors with 21 points apiece.

Chun scored

19 for Kapa’a, while Matsukawa and Hendrickson added 10 each.

Kaua’i (6-2)

will head to the state tourney Feb. 23-26.

Kapa’a finished the season at

4-4.

Kaua’i goads Kapa’a into a running game; Lum-Tucker, Ceria score 21

each in 73-55 title game victory

By NICK ABRAMO

TGI Sports

Editor

KAPA’A — This one will be remembered as the one that didn’t get

away.

Head coach Buzzy Cox and the Kaua’i High School Red Raiders didn’t

let the ghost of the past two years get in the way Friday night.

The Red

Raiders fended off the highly charged Kapa’a Warriors 73-55 to capture the

Kaua’i Interscholastic Federation varsity boys basketball

championship.

This was the year that the favored Red Raiders were able to

pull through and go all the way. Two years ago, the Waimea Menehunes came out

of nowhere to snatch the title from Kaua’i High’ clutches. Last year, it was

the Warriors who came on strong at the end of the season to seize the coveted

championship.

This year, there was no strike three.

The Raiders did

what they do best — run, and Kapa’a eventually got lulled into the quick-paced

game instead of being patient, slowing the pace down and letting their height

advantage take its toll on the smaller Red Raiders.

The game was closer

than the score indicates. The Raiders held a slim 32-31 halftime lead, and they

led by just three, 48-45, early in the fourth period.

By hitting 10-out-of

12 free throws, including four from Jason Kashiwabara and three from Brandon

Ramos, the Kaua’i lead ballooned to 60-46 with two minutes to go.

But it

wasn’t quite over. A mad Warrior surge cut the lead to just six points, 60-53,

with a minute left. Kekoa Chun’s steal and rare slam-dunk got the Kapa’a motor

going. Justin Matsukawa followed with a trey and Chad Sakai dropped in a hoop

after a Randall Silva steal.

But Kapa’a was forced to foul and Kaua’i put

the game away at the line, sinking 8-for-8. Mason Ceria’s three-point play and

Tyler Kobayashi’s lay-up also served to keep Kapa’a at bay.

Kapa’a

controlled the first period with big forwards Chun, Silva, John Patch and Cody

Dolor standing in the paint and denying Kaua’i on defense.

The Warriors got

the offensive first-quarter boost from Chun with eight points and John Patch

with six en route to a 20-11 lead. Kapu Hendrickson, the high-flying Warrior

guard, fired up a trey.

Lionel Tomacder, who turned in a strong night of

rebounding to go along with his 13 points on the night, scored Kaua’i’s first

six points in the game.

Mason Ceria and Brad Lum-Tucker started to heat up

for the Raiders in the second period.

Lum-Tucker, who was a big factor on

the boards, scored 10 in the period and Ceria added five.

R-Jay Pillos’

three-point bomb put Kaua’i on top for the first time, 30-28.

During a

furious up-and-down-the-court spree, Hendrickson was fouled while scoring an

acrobatic lay-up and he made the free throw for a temporary 31-30

lead.

Lum-Tucker’s 12-foot jumper gave Kaua’i its one-point 32-31 halftime

edge.

Ceria pumped home eight third-quarter points and Lum-Tucker nailed a

three-pointer at the buzzer for a 46-39 Raider lead heading into the final

quarter.

Hoops by Silva, Hendrickson and Chun allowed Kapa’a to trim the

lead to 48-45, but Kapa’a got anxious and fouled and the Raiders made them

pay.

Lum-Tucker and Ceria finished shared game-high honors with 21 points

apiece.

Chun scored 19 for Kapa’a, while Matsukawa and Hendrickson added

10 each.

Kaua’i (6-2) will head to the state tourney Feb.

23-26.

Kapa’a finished the season at 4-4.

Kaua’i goads Kapa’a into a

running game; Lum-Tucker, Ceria score 21 each in 73-55 title game

victory

By NICK ABRAMO

TGI Sports Editor

KAPA’A — This one will be

remembered as the one that didn’t get away.

Head coach Buzzy Cox and the

Kaua’i High School Red Raiders didn’t let the ghost of the past two years get

in the way Friday night.

The Red Raiders fended off the highly charged

Kapa’a Warriors 73-55 to capture the Kaua’i Interscholastic Federation varsity

boys basketball championship.

This was the year that the favored Red

Raiders were able to pull through and go all the way. Two years ago, the Waimea

Menehunes came out of nowhere to snatch the title from Kaua’i High’ clutches.

Last year, it was the Warriors who came on strong at the end of the season to

seize the coveted championship.

This year, there was no strike

three.

The Raiders did what they do best — run, and Kapa’a eventually got

lulled into the quick-paced game instead of being patient, slowing the pace

down and letting their height advantage take its toll on the smaller Red

Raiders.

The game was closer than the score indicates. The Raiders held a

slim 32-31 halftime lead, and they led by just three, 48-45, early in the

fourth period.

By hitting 10-out-of 12 free throws, including four from

Jason Kashiwabara and three from Brandon Ramos, the Kaua’i lead ballooned to

60-46 with two minutes to go.

But it wasn’t quite over. A mad Warrior surge

cut the lead to just six points, 60-53, with a minute left. Kekoa Chun’s steal

and rare slam-dunk got the Kapa’a motor going. Justin Matsukawa followed with a

trey and Chad Sakai dropped in a hoop after a Randall Silva steal.

But

Kapa’a was forced to foul and Kaua’i put the game away at the line, sinking

8-for-8. Mason Ceria’s three-point play and Tyler Kobayashi’s lay-up also

served to keep Kapa’a at bay.

Kapa’a controlled the first period with big

forwards Chun, Silva, John Patch and Cody Dolor standing in the paint and

denying Kaua’i on defense.

The Warriors got the offensive first-quarter

boost from Chun with eight points and John Patch with six en route to a 20-11

lead. Kapu Hendrickson, the high-flying Warrior guard, fired up a

trey.

Lionel Tomacder, who turned in a strong night of rebounding to go

along with his 13 points on the night, scored Kaua’i’s first six points in the

game.

Mason Ceria and Brad Lum-Tucker started to heat up for the Raiders in

the second period.

Lum-Tucker, who was a big factor on the boards, scored

10 in the period and Ceria added five.

R-Jay Pillos’ three-point bomb put

Kaua’i on top for the first time, 30-28.

During a furious

up-and-down-the-court spree, Hendrickson was fouled while scoring an acrobatic

lay-up and he made the free throw for a temporary 31-30 lead.

Lum-Tucker’s

12-foot jumper gave Kaua’i its one-point 32-31 halftime edge.

Ceria pumped

home eight third-quarter points and Lum-Tucker nailed a three-pointer at the

buzzer for a 46-39 Raider lead heading into the final quarter.

Hoops by

Silva, Hendrickson and Chun allowed Kapa’a to trim the lead to 48-45, but

Kapa’a got anxious and fouled and the Raiders made them pay.

Lum-Tucker and

Ceria finished shared game-high honors with 21 points apiece.

Chun scored

19 for Kapa’a, while Matsukawa and Hendrickson added 10 each.

Kaua’i (6-2)

will head to the state tourney Feb. 23-26.

Kapa’a finished the season at

4-4.

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