WAIMEA – Jaemar Sibucao scored 13 points and Ashley McGuire added 12 to lead Pahoa to a 52-44 victory over Kapa’a Thursday in the first game of the Waimea High School Invitational at Clem Gomes Gymnasium.
The game marked the 2002 preseason opener for high school basketball on Kaua’i. In other games played yesterday, Kaua’i defeated Word of Life, 79-63, and Waimea outlasted Kaahumanu Hou, 55-40.
Sibucao, who also had 9 rebounds, led a Pahoa team which never let up with its quick pace offense and suffocating defense. It forced 15 Warrior turnovers and never trailed after taking a 10-9 lead mid-first quarter.
Owen Flores added 9 points and 5 rebounds for Pahoa. Bradley Sanekane had 6 points, 4 rebounds and Chris Sheehey chipped in 3 points and five rebounds.
The Warriors had several offensive bursts, mostly in the second half, but they were inconsistent in their first game of the 2002 season.
Randy Vicoy led Kapa’a with 11 points. Ryan Cram added 8 points and 7 rebounds, and Clesson Higashi, who hit two three-pointers in the second half, had 7 points.
Jonny Poe-Hooikaika and Brandon Wong each added 4 points and 3 rebounds, Amini Taufoou had 5 points and 6 rebounds, and Kalima Leong and Bryan Domingo each chipped in 2 points.
Games will continue today and Saturday at Clem Gomes. Kapa’a will face Pahoa at 4 p.m. today. Word of Life will meet Kaua’i High at 5:30 p.m. and Waimea will play Kaahumanu at 7 p.m.
On Friday, Kaahumanu Hou will play Kapa’a High at 4 p.m., Pahoa meets Kaua’i High at 5:30 p.m. and Word of Life will face Waimea High at 7 p.m.