Same team, same outcome. The Waimea basketball squad found out exactly what the Red Raiders felt at last year’s state tournament — a big hoof print from Kalaheo.
The Mustangs overpowered a KIF school once again, with a 93-36 win over the Menehune last night at Radford High School’s gymnasium in the first round of the HH-SAA/Hawaiian Airlines State Boys Basketball Championships.
“We knew going in that they were going to be a tough team to beat. They’ve got a bigger team compared to us,” Waimea head coach Elton Montemayor said.
The OIA powerhouse galloped to a 22-0 first quarter run and never looked back, against a flat, overmatched Menehune squad.
Waimea senior guard Brendan McDaniels notched his team’s first points on a three-point play.
But that would be the only highlight of the half for Waimea, who trailed 42-19 after two periods of play.
The Mustangs were led by Chase Moses with 13 points and Kahua Hollinger’s outstanding ball handling skills. Hollinger, who spent some time in Kapa’a, punished the Garden Isle players with his superb moves.
McDaniels paced Waimea with 14 points and Chad Barba chipped in with 11 markers.
Waimea battles Honoka’a tomorrow at 10:45 a.m., in the consolation bracket. The game will take place at the Stan Sheriff Center. Catch the contest live on AM570, with Anahola Joe Pahukula at around 10:30 a.m.
Kalaheo now moves into the quarterfinals against ‘Iolani. The Menehune dropped to 7-2 on the season.
- Duane Shimogawa Jr., sports editor, may be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 257) or email@example.com.