HONOLULU – The Waimea boys basketball team will attempt to make history beginning today.
After an 8-0 2003 KIF season, Waimea will try and win its first boys hoops state title. No KIF team has ever won a state title in boys basketball.
The Menehune will face Leilehua in the opening round of the Hawaiian Airlines Boys State Basketball Championship today at 2:15 p.m. at the Neal Blaisdell Arena.
If the Menehune can advance past Leilehua, they will face No. 2 Maui on Thursday at 4 p.m.
Before Waimea can think about Maui, the champion of the Maui Interscholastic League, the Menehune will have to take care of a tough Mules’ squad.
Leilehua finished second in the O’ahu Interscholastic Association. Kalaheo was first and is the No. 4 seed in the state tourney.
The Mules (11-2) feature an athletic squad with a balanced scoring attack.
Forward Andrew Talaeai and guard Angelo Massey are the top scorers.
Zac Rivera, point guard Demetrius Washington and Tyrell Couch also provide punch for Leilehua.
The Mules will try and defend a balanced Waimea squad that features weapons on the inside and outside.
Jordon Dizon has been a force on the inside for Waimea while Jeremy Manuel, Joshua Vinzant and Casey Kaohilaulii provide outside shooting and solid passing.
Other first-round matchups today include Waiakea vs. Kamehameha at 4 p.m., Baldwin vs. Mililani at 5:45 p.m. and St. Louis, the six-time state champions, against Kaimuki at 7:30 p.m.
On Thursday, top seed and defending champion IoIani plays along with No. 3 Keaau the champion of the Big Island Interscholastic Federation.