WAIMEA — A late start didn’t deter the Warriors.
Kapaa High School’s varsity boys basketball team downed Waimea Wednesday night at the Clem Gomes Gym, 59-22, in the Kauai Interscholastic Federation opener.
The Warriors, who arrived to the gym late after their bus was tardy getting to the gym, limited the Menehune to just three field goals as they overwhelmed Waimea from the onset.
“We got to play everybody,” said John Kaneholani, Kapaa coach. “We’re still a young team with a lot of sophomores, and some of them have never experienced basketball on the KIF level.”
Kapaa’s Joshua Blaine led a 13-2 first quarter charge, scoring five points while limiting Waimea to just one field goal.
Theron Shigematsu, who finished with five points including a 3-for-4 showing at the charity stripe, bucketed the lone Waimea score in the opening quarter.
Waimea’s most productive period came in the fourth stanza when Kamea Palama-Alquiza, one of three tall posts, fired off the Menehune’s third field goal.
Palama-Alquiza led the Menehune with eight points, including a 6-for-7 performance at the free throw line followed by Jamine Fernandez, a perfect 4-for-4 free throw shooter, who ended with six points, including a bucket in the second frame.
Mosese Fifita topped the 14-player Kapaa roster with 13 points followed by Blaine with nine points. Christian Roslin and Matt Cummings each finished with six points to round out the scoring leaders.
Kapaa’s JV beat Waimea, 48-40, earlier in the evening.
Waimea travels to Kauai High School Saturday with JV tipping off at 5:30 p.m. followed by the varsity game starting 20 minutes after JV.