Kapaa boys No. 3 at state hoops

The Kapaa High School boys basketball team earned the No. 3 seed for the OC16 Hawaii High School Athletic Association, Division II boys basketball state championship which starts on Wednesday on Oahu.

Kapaa enjoys a bye on Wednesday and will take the floor Thursday against University High School in a 5 p.m. tipoff at the Farrington High School gym.

St. Francis got the top seed Sunday for the OC16 Division II tournament, followed by the Roosevelt Rough Riders in the No. 2 seed, and St. Joseph with the No. 4 seed.

“There are some good teams out there,” Kapaa coach John Kaneholani said Saturday during fundraising efforts at the Eastside Basketball League opener. “We’ve got practice following the last game of the Eastside Basketball League, and the boys are doing an overnight sleep over at the gym. They are starting to see what we talk about, and I expect they’ll be working hard.”

Teams participating in the OC16 Division II tournament include Kalani, Seabury Hall and Honoka‘a high schools as well as the seeded teams.

Iolani High School earned the No. 1 seed for the Division I tournament which also opens Wednesday at the McKinley and Moanalua high school facilities. Kalaheo High School is the No. 2 seed followed by Lahainaluna High School from the Maui Interscholastic League, and Waiakea of the Big Island Interscholastic Federation getting the No. 4 seed.

Other teams in Division I play include Baldwin, McKinley, Kaiser, Kailua, Konawaena, Kahuku, Punahou and Leilehua high schools.

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