WAIMEA – The west side high school hosted the 14th-annual Waimea
Invitational Friday and Saturday in its gymnasium.
The tournament included
five off-island teams, as well as Kaua’i and Kapa’a along with two Waimea
groups. Visitors to Kaua’i were Honoka’a, Wai’akea and Kohala from the Big
Island, and Lutheran and Castle from Honolulu.
Action picked up Friday
morning at 11 a.m. for round-robin play. Each team played the eight others to
determine seeding for Saturday’s double-elimination tournament.
morning, Kaua’i upended Kapa’a in consecutive games, 11-5, 11-7, to win the
“Right now we’re just getting a look at the kids and getting them on
the floor in competitive situations,” Red Raiders coach Shawn Doo said. “I
thought we played pretty well, though.”
After facing themselves, and going
without organized competition for awhile, Warriors coach Manny Henriques said
he was proud of his team’s effort, despite the loss.
“It doesn’t mean a
whole lot at this point,” the coach said. “It’s good to have a tournament like
this to begin working out some of the kinks with different faces on the other
side of the net.”
Games won’t count until Sept. 20, the official beginning
of the KIF season, when Waimea visits Kapa’a.