Waimea wins crucial second-round contest

LIHU’E — Waimea senior Alden Lahip played the game of his life last night at the Raiderdome, and it came at the perfect time for the Menehune, who kept pace with Kapa’a, the Kaua’i Interscholastic Federation varsity boys’ basketball second- round leader.

Lahip nailed five three-pointers on his way to a team-high 17 points in Waimea’s 48-40 win over Kaua’i.

Waimea was able to contain the KIF’s leading scorer, Josh Bradbury (20 points), while keeping the rest of the Red Raiders in check.

The Menehune held slim leads throughout the contest, and canned crucial free throws in the fourth quarter for the important win.

As Waimea instituted a stall, the Red Raiders were forced to foul, but Chad Barba and Chris Newcomb converted from the charity stripe, which put the game away in favor of the boys in blue.

Besides Lahip’s 17, the Menehune were led by Barba with nine, and Brendan McDaniels with eight.

Bradbury paced Kaua’i with 20, as Jordan Cox (eight) and Travis Stine (six) combined for 14 points.

Waimea, the first-round champs, improved to 1-1 in the second round. Meanwhile, Kaua’i dropped to 0-2. Kapa’a leads the second-round standings with a 2-0 record.

Kaua’i took the junior-varsity contest, 36-26, behind 12 points from Teila Huni. Kaimana Girod chipped in eight to lead the Menehune. The win by the Red Raiders knotted the JV standings up at 3-3 for all three schools.

KIF basketball bounces its way to the Bernice Hundley Gymnasium on the Kapa’a High School campus Friday, as Waimea battles Kapa’a. The JV game starts the festivities off at 5:30 p.m., with the varsity contest commencing 20 minutes after the completion of the JV match.

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