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WAIMEA — Paul Oligo drained a foul shot with 26 seconds left in overtime to ice a 57-55 win over Kapa‘a High School on Wednesday night at the Clem Gomes Gym.
Oligo’s basket in the fourth quarter broke a 50-50 deadlock with just a dozen ticks on the clock.
That was enough time for Kapa‘a to answer as Lance Miyashiro, finishing with nine points, forced the overtime with his bucket at the one-second mark, the erupting crowd overshadowing the buzzer.
James Stevens, lending his skill during the junior varsity matchup, opened the overtime with a pair at the line.
Waimea answered on an Oligo bucket followed by Duke Yadao getting an assist from Brandon Palacio for the 56-53 bulge.
With only 33 seconds left, Kainoa Colipano took the feed from Willis Batol to pull Kapa‘a to within one, 56-55, before Oligo put the cap on the game with his tail end of a charity pair.
Kapa‘a, playing quick and physical throughout the game, did not go down without a fight as Batol drove the ball inside, and two passes to Colipano came up empty as the buzzer sounded.
The Warriors opened quickly, building an 11-3 lead in the first four minutes with three points from Stevens, and a bucket piece from Colipano, Miyashiro and James Paik.
Yadao, finishing the period with three points, opened a string of six unanswered points, pulling Waimea to within a pair, 11-9 with more than a minute remaining.
Following a Colipano putback of a Miyashiro attempt, Waimea answered when William “Shosho” Ogawa, coming off the bench, nailed a trey at the buzzer to pull Waimea to within a digit, 15-14, igniting the crowd.
With more than six minutes in the half, Kapa‘a broke a 17-17 deadlock, rattling 10 unanswered points, opening the string with back-to-back treys from Brison Nacapuy and Makana Aki.
Oligo, finishing with Waimea’s high-point honors at 15, announced Waimea out of the locker rooms, nailing his own three-ball followed by a bucket to pull Waimea to within four points, 34-30, in the third quarter.
A Palacio bucket followed by Garrette Gushiken-Cadiente nailing a plus-one pulled Waimea into the lead for the first time with less than two minutes remaining in the quarter, 35-37.
Batol, piloting the ball through the first half, broke into the scorebooks with 39 seconds showing, pulling Kapa‘a into a 37-37 deadlock, only to have Waimea’s Ogawa break the stalemate at the buzzer on a putback of Ariel Lahip’s bomb from three-point land.
Waimea pulled ahead to as much as eight points before Kapa‘a launched a comeback in the final four minutes, Colipano lighting a string of six unanswered points.
Colipano topped the Kapa‘a scoring with 15 points followed by Miyashiro finishing with nine points, Aki adding eight and Batol and Stevens finishing with seven points to lead the Kapa‘a effort.
Oligo topped the Waimea scoring with 15 points followed by Palacio adding eight, Travis Soares and Lahip each tucking in six points and Gushiken-Cadiente ending with five second-half points.
Angelito Roslin finished with 12 points and Aladin Denmark posted 11 points to lead the Kapa‘a JV to a 66-36 showing over Waimea earlier in the afternoon, Waimea getting 10 points from Charlie Kahepu‘u Jr., nine from Job Delos Reyes and seven from James Fernandez.
Kapa‘a next travels to Kaua‘i High School, Saturday with the JV game starting at 5:30 p.m. followed by the varsity match following 20 minutes after the completion of the JV match.
The JV Menehune host Island School in an exhibition match starting at 5:30 p.m.
• Dennis Fujimoto, photographer and staff writer, can be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 253) or dfujimoto@ thegardenisland.com.
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