KAPA’A — The ownership of the Kaua’i Interscholastic Federation (KIF) Round two boys basketball title may be settled tonight.
Kapa’a High School, with a 2-0 second round standing controls the lead with a third win over Waimea giving them the second round title.
Should Kapa’a win Friday night, a playoff for the KIF title will result following the final season game.
The Warriors, adjusting through initial games in the opening round, came back strong by winning the final game of the first round, and continued their tweaking to string up three consecutive victories.
Led by guard Greg Ragsac, the Warriors have steadily improved on their game with Mike Lindsey controlling the inside and not only getting the inside shot, but snatching key rebounds as well.
Ragsac gets help from Junnel Calipito’s versatility and Nate Beralas who always poses a scoring threat to Warrior opponents.
Waimea, on the other hand, comes off a needed victory over Kaua’i High School on Tuesday night and will head to the Bernice Hundley Gym with the first round tucked away in their pockets.
Another win in the second round will give the Menehune a 2-1 record to force a tie for the lead in the second round with Kapa’a.
That scenario would make Kaua’i the spoiler next Tuesday night when the Warriors call on the Raiderdome on Lala Road.
Waimea has had several key people come into the spotlight in their games with Alden Lahip getting the focus Tuesday with his personal season-best 17 points over the Raiders.
Brendan McDaniels, who was able to contribute 8 points Tuesday, starred in the amazing triple overtime contest against the Raiders as he battled Josh Bradbury in the slugfest. McDaniels has been instrumental along with Chad Barba in getting the ball moved around the court.
Chris Newcomb leads the Menehune effort in the rebounding department and gets help from Calsen Agrade.
With the round-two title on line, Friday, the game will definitely be well-attended Kapa’a head coach Phil Baclayon acknowledged that part of their recent success has been due to the strong fan support the Warriors have been getting.
Waimea, with a busload of fans at Tuesday night’s game, will also have their contingent rooting for the Menehune’s hopes to get to the Big Dance.
Friday night’s game at the Bernice Hundley will be broadcast live on KQNG AM 570 by Anahola Joel Pahukula, and a delayed telecast on the JK Show will be aired Sunday night with Ross Kagawa doing the commentary.
- Dennis Fujimoto, staff writer and photographer, may be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 253) or email@example.com
Waimea at Kapa’a High School
Bernice Hundley Gymnasium
Friday, Feb. 3, 2005
JV contest starts 5:30 p.m., Varsity contest tips off 20 minutes following completion of JV game