WAIMEA — Despite balanced scoring and a strong defense against top Waimea shooter Chris Newcomb, Kapa‘a was scalded by Waimea 59-39 Friday night.
Sputtering from the opening tip, Kapa‘a, chipped back against a 11-6 Waimea lead at the end of the first quarter.
The Warriors got help from poor Menehune shooting and, led by Daniel Lizama, outscored Waimea 9-6 in a predominantly defensive quarter and took a moral victory into the half, trailing by only a pair 15-17.
Sequestered until the final minutes of the break, the Menehune came out rejuvenated, shaking off the poor-shot syndrome to build a 10-point lead after three quarters.
Newcomb, who was limited to just a bucket in the frame, paced the attack with 7 points, followed by Bradley Frasco picking up key put-backs for 4 points.
The Menehune never looked back.
Newcomb finished with 17 points in the victory, followed by Frasco adding a dozen. Dana Tayco and Vincent Geronimo finished with 7 points each, Geronimo getting a three-point bomb in the final frame, one of three launched by Waimea.
Lizama’s persistence in traffic yielded a dozen points for the Warriors. Kila Youn netted 7 points, including a trey in the fourth period, and David Mendes and Matt Lindsey added 6 points each.
Waimea (2-1) takes a trip to the Raiderdome Tuesday night for a rematch against Kaua‘i (2-0) starting at 5:30 p.m.