With a 46-45 loss to Waimea last night, the Kapa’a basketball squad learned a lot about the upcoming contests — if they play sound basketball, they’ll be in it. Waimea, in the meantime, learned that costly mistakes and errors are the reasons why they didn’t run away with the KIF basketball season opener on Tuesday. Kaua’i awaits to open its 2005-06 campaign against the Warriors on Friday and head coach Brandon Fujita has a crew of hungry young players, who are ready to defend their title.
The Red Raiders cruised through last season with the heaviest punch behind 6’8″ senior center Futi Tavana, who is now playing volleyball at BYU in Provo, Utah.
Also, the quarterback of the team, Jeremy Manuel, the tough point guard, is out of the lineup as well, due to graduation.
Senior guard Josh Bradbury has his hands full and will be counted on for much of the scoring for Kaua’i this season.
All three teams are definitely in the hunt for the island’s only state tournament berth. With lots of new faces throughout the league, the team that gels the quickest will come out on top.
Don’t blink when you see these guys:
Waimea’s Brendan McDaniels, Kaua’i’s Bradbury, and Kapa’a’s Greg Ragsac.
Difference makers: Kapa’a’s Junnel Calpito, Kaua’i’s Basil Walton, and Waimea’s Chris Newcomb.
KIF basketball continues on Friday, as Kaua’i hosts Kapa’a, starting at 5:30 p.m.
- Duane Shimogawa Jr., sports editor, may be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 257) or email@example.com.