KAPA’A – The only thing missing from the Kapa’a final home game of the KIF basketball season was the Round Two title.
Chad Barba and Calsen Agrade combined for 33 points to lead Waimea to a 63-50 win at the Bernice Hundley Gym Friday night.
The Menehune victory brings Round Two to a 2-1 standings stalemate for the title.
Baraba came up with an explosive second half enroute to his game-high 20 points, the Menehune guard firing a pair from 3-pointland in the third frame.
Agrade not only finished as the second-highest Menehune scorer, but controlled the boards for Waimea. Agrade finished with 13 points in the win, all coming in the second half.
Waimea pulled out to an early 18-12 first-quarter lead and out-gunned Kapa’a 16-8 in the second frame led by Brendan McDaniels’ 9 points. That gave Waimea a 14-point lead at the half, 34-20.
But Kapa’a came back and capitalized on a Menehune performance that faltered through the third frame as passes were less than crisp, and on one pass, went to no receiver.
Warrior sophomore Halem Medina led the Kapa’a effort with 4 points in the frame as Kapa’a answered, but fell short, 16-11, for a 50-31 Waimea lead at the buzzer.
Kapa’a kept hammering, and in the fourth frame, outgunned Waimea for the first time, 19-12, behind 4 points from Nate Beralas and 3 points by Mike Lindsey.
Junnel Calpito ignited the near-capacity crowd at the 4:14 mark with a trey to pull Kapa’a to within 10 points, but the effort fell short at the buzzer as Greg Ragsac fouled out with 1:06 showing and Kapa’a sent in the reserves with 40.4 seconds left.
In addition to Barba, Agrade, and McDaniels, the Menehune got 6 points from Chris Newcomb, and 4 points from Braxton Garma. Kyle Achuela and Dana Tayco each finished with 3 points, and pairs from Bradley Frasco and Vincent Geronimo rounded out the books.
Kapa’a senior Junnel Calpito led the Kapa’a effort with 16 points including a pair of treys. Nate Beralas, also with a first quarter trey, added 11 points followed by Mike Lindsey’s 9 points. Medina finished with 6 points, and Ragsac added three before fouling out.
Tuesday night will see Kapa’a travel to Kaua’i High School with the JV contest tipping off at 5:30 p.m.
- Dennis Fujimoto, staff writer and photographer, may be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 253) or email@example.com