Waimea slays the Dragons in consolation action on O’ahu

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.

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