After getting burned by OIA powerhouse Kalaheo, 93-36, in their opening game of the HHSAA/Hawaiian Airlines State Boys Basketball Championships, the Menehune bounced back and slayed the BIIF’s Honoka’a Dragons, 35-27 in a consolation contest, yesterday at the Stan Sheriff Center.
In the defensive slugfest, Waimea trailed 16-13 at the half, but it was a fourth quarter explosion that handed the KIF champions the win.
The Menehune outscored the Dragons, 16-5 in the final frame for the 35-27 victory.
Both teams were unable to eclipse the 30-percent mark from the field.
Waimea was paced by Chris Newcomb, who collected a game-high nine points, followed by Alden Lahip with seven, and Brendan McDaniels with six.
Damien Sabater-Hart led Honoka’a with six points.
Waimea moves into the consolation championship game, today at 2:30 p.m. against St. Louis, who defeated Lahainaluna, 79-54.
The game will be aired live on AM570.
- Duane Shimogawa Jr., sports editor, may be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 257) or email@example.com.