LIHU’E — It’s no secret that free throws win games and Kapa’a’s Matt Lindsey cemented that thought in the minds of the Red Raiders last night with key shots for the 51-48 overtime win at the Raiderdome.
Lindsey also ended up with the highest point total on the night with 15 big points, but his two biggest points came via the charity stripe, which handed Kapa’a its first win of the season.
Both teams came out of the gates firing on all cylinders and with the halftime score knotted up at 21-21, everyone knew that the second half was going to be a barn burner.
Kaua’i point guard Micah Alayvilla and Kupa Graycochea led the way with 14 and 12 points, respectively.
The Red Raiders pulled away in the third quarter, as Alayvilla’s steal and layin gave the boys in red the 36-29 lead with one period to play. However, the Warriors stormed back, thanks to John Beralas, Kekoa Prem and Korey Pang.
Prem added 12 points and Beralas chipped in with 10 for the Warriors. Kaua’i’s Aric Cansino put up eight points in the loss. Kaua’i dropped to 0-1 and Kapa’a improved to 1-1. The Menehune are atop the league at 1-0.
- Duane Shimogawa Jr., sports editor, may be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 257) or firstname.lastname@example.org.