Hilo Vikings take two

WAIMEA — Brendan McDaniels finished with a game-high 20 points, but was held to just a pair in the third quarter as Hilo surged past Waimea 60-50 in the final minutes of play Wednesday. The victory gives the visiting Vikings a two-game win streak as they enter the doors of the Raiderdome tonight against Kaua’i High School starting at 7 p.m. Fighting a deficit that toyed at the 10-point mark, Waimea pulled to within four at the half, and a Calsen Agrade bucket with 2:42 left in the third quarter pulled Waimea to a 35-35 stalemate. This was the only frame that Waimea outgunned Hilo, 16-13, but the Vikings opened up with a 19-10 final quarter to chalk up their second victory.

Toby Misech notched three from three-point land to lead the Vikings with 14 points followed by Ben Schilling and Jarrin Shigemaru who finished with 11 and 10 points respectively. On Tuesday night, Shigemaru and Schilling each finished with 14 points to lead the Vikings to an 83-58 win over the Kapa’a Warriors. Led by Misech and Kalai Kalauli- Rowe, the Vikings exploded for a 31-13 third quarter to boost their seven-point halftime lead enroute to the win.

Junnel Calpito and Nate Beralas led the Warrior effort with 14 points apiece.

One of the spectators who has been following the Vikings around the island noted that the KIF season that starts on Jan. 3 should be an exciting one based on the two games she’s seen. “It should be fast-paced, and right now any team can win,” she noted.

“He should have a real good season,” Waimea athletic director Jon Kobayashi said of McDaniels as he watched the Menehune drive the inside in the first half.

Assisting McDaniels, Chad Barba added 10 points followed by Agrade and Chris Newcomb each finishing with six points in the effort.

The KIF boys basketball season begins on Tuesday, Jan. 3 when Waimea travels to the Bernice Hundley Gym in Kapa’a. Tipoff for the JV game is at 5:30 p.m. with the varsity following.

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