KAPAA — The Kapaa High School Goodwill Tournament kicked off Thursday afternoon at the Bernice Hundley Gym in Kapaa.
The preseason boys basketball tourney started with a home win as Kauai High School’s varsity team defeated King Kekaulike of the Maui Interscholastic League.
Kauai Interscholastic Federation’s Red Raiders beat Maui’s Na Alii, 44-35, in the first of four scheduled games Thursday.
Kauai went into halftime with a 22-20 lead, but then found itself trailing when King Kekaulike started the third quarter with a 7-0 run.
Kauai caught up, however, to end the quarter tied, 29-29.
The Red Raiders went on to outscore Na Alii, 23-15, in the final period to clinch a win in the tournament opener.
Kauai senior guard Christian Manera led the team with 16 points, eight in the fourth quarter including two 3-pointers. Junior guard Kaimani Tecson scored 11 for Kauai High, and junior forward Iwi Rivera scored eight.
King Kekaulike junior Darius Lauture led Na Alii with 14 points. Junior Dylan Baird followed with 13 points.
Results of the rest of Thursday’s match-ups were not available by press time.
The tournament continues today at 4 p.m. at the Bernice Hundley Gym. Today’s scheduled games are:
w Waimea (KIF) vs. Kamehameha Schools-Kapalama (ILH), 4 p.m.
w Konawaena (BIIF) vs. King Kekaulike (MIL), 5:20 p.m.
w Kauai (KIF) vs. Kamehameha Schools-Maui (MIL), 6:40 p.m.
w Kapaa (KIF) vs. University Laboratory School (ILH), 8 p.m.
Tickets will be sold at the door. Cost is $5 for adults and $3 for seniors and children.