WAIMEA – Freshman point guard Alden Lahip scored 8 points in the decisive final period to rally the Waimea Menehune boys junior varsity basketball squad to a 47-39 decision over the Kapa’a Warriors Tuesday evening at the Clem Gomes Gymnasium.
After trailing 10-6 after the initial quarter and 18-14 at the half, the Menehune finally caught the visitors at 26-26 with :25 left in the third on a Chad Barba putback of an Aaron Hesapene miss.
A pair of free throws by sophomore forward James Henriques to open the fourth stanza gave Waimea its first lead of the contest and jump-started a 10-2 run that culminated in a 21-point period and their first win in four outings.
Hesapene again led all players in the scoring column with 11 points and 3 steals while Chris Baltazar tallied 9 points, 2 thefts, and a game-high 7 rebounds in a losing effort.
Both teams struggled at the free throw stripe as Kapa’a canned 10 of 31 attempts (32%) and the Menehune netted 21 of 45 tries (47%).
After an initial 21-7 deficit on the boards in the first half, Waimea outrebounded the visitors 16-11 after intermission to help fuel the comeback.
The Warriors fell to 1-2 and play host to the Kaua’i Red Raiders (3-0) on Friday, January 24, at the Bernice Hundley Gym in a 5:30 p.m. tilt.
Scoring Summary –
WAIMEA (47): Acoba 0, Barba 7, Bunao DNP, Girod 1, Henriques 3, Hesapene 11, Ho’okano 0, Lahip 8, Pigao 7, Rull 2, Soto 0, Tsuchiya 8, Vidinha 0.
KAPA’A (39): Gomez 3, Ragsac 6, Calvin 7, Jaramillo 0, Maneja 2, Hawelu 0, Pascual 0, Imai 8, Calpito 0, Baltazar 9, Lindsey 0, Swartz 4.