Red Raiders fall in quarterfinals of state tourney

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    Kapaa’s Alaka‘i Gonsalves goes up to defend on a drive up the middle by Kauai’s Jim Ehia in the third quarter, Tuesday during the Kauai Interscholastic Federation boys basketball games at the Kauai High School gym.

HONOLULU The Kaua‘i High School boys’ basketball team got plenty of production out of their top scorers against Kohala in the quarterfinals of the Hawai‘i High School Athletic Association Snapple Boys Basketball Division II Championship Wednesday afternoon at Kalani High School on O‘ahu.

The Red Raiders (11-1 Kaua‘i Interscholastic Federation, 13-3 overall) had four players in double digits, including Keane Tibon, who led the team with 20 points, Jim Ehia with 12, and Ricky Ralston and Micah Agtunong adding 11 each.

Still, the scoring effort wasn’t enough to advance to the quarterfinals as the Raiders fell to the Kohala Cowboys (12-2 Big Island Interscholastic Federation, 17-3 overall), 68-64.

The Red Raiders trailed at halftime 31-25 and struggled to contain the game’s scoring leader, O’shen Cazimero, who paced Kohala with a game-high 27 points.

The Cowboys highlighted the game with a 20-point fourth quarter that allowed them to hold off the Red Raiders’ offensive surge in the second-half. The Raiders manufactured 39 points in the second half.

Cazimero was aided by two teammates who tallied the majority of the Cowboys’ scoring.

Jeffrey Francisco finished with 13 points, and Molanai Emeliano finished with 10.

The Red Raiders will play the loser of the Seabury-Roosevelt game at 7 p.m. at Kalani to try to place as high as fifth in the tournament’s consolation bracket.

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