Youth catches up with Kaua’i

Just as an unripe banana, the Kaua’i basketball team needs time to mature and become ready for picking this season.

Nine players are in their first season of varsity ball and senior Josh Bradbury is the only returning starter.

“Half of our team could be participating on the JV level,” Kaua’i head coach Brandon Fujita wrote in an e-mail.

After starting off with a win against Kapa’a in their season opener and suffering a tough defeat at the hands of the KIF’s first-round champion, Waimea, the Red Raiders have played like their youthfulness.

However, Bradbury has done a good job grooming the young talent on his squad.

Meanwhile, on the opposite end of the spectrum, Waimea and Kapa’a have both utilized key performances from their experienced players.

The Warriors, who won their first game in three seasons, look to battle-tested players like Mike Lindsey, Greg Ragsac, Nate Beralas, Junnel Calpito, Kesmon Jaramillo, and Calen Tagawa.

Waimea isn’t 3-0 for no reason. The Menehune have played up to their potential, with sharp-shooters Brendan McDaniels and Chad Barba leading the way.

The forward duo of Chris Newcomb and Calsen Agrade have provided Waimea with the extra effort needed in the paint to contend with Kapa’a and Kaua’i.

Also having stellar seasons down in the front court are Vincent Geronimo and Bradley Frasco.

KIF basketball finishes off its first round at the Raiderdome, with Kaua’i battling Waimea.

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