Kame­hameha han­dles Honokaa

Hawaii Tribune Herald - - SPORTS - By KEVIN JAKAHI

KEAAU — Kame­hameha was con­sis­tent with its scor­ing while Honokaa was cold half the time, never a good for­mula for win­ning basketball games.

The War­riors ran be­hind Nalu Ka­ha­pea’s 26 points and thumped the Dragons 64-48 in a BIIF basketball game on Tues­day night at Koaia Gym.

Isa­iah Nakoa-Oness and Koby Tabuyo-Ka­hele added 10 points each for the Di­vi­sion I War­riors, who outscored the Dragons 21-7 in the first quar­ter and 20-4 in the third pe­riod.

Gene An­sagay scored 16 points, and Ka­muela Spencer-Her­ring had 12 points for Honokaa, which couldn’t string to­gether scor­ing runs. When the visi­tors did score points dur­ing mini-spurts, they hurt them­selves with turnovers.

Honokaa fin­ished with 18 give­aways while the War­riors had 12, most of which didn’t come back to bite them.

Kame­hameha (12-0) clinched the BIIF Di­vi­sion I reg­u­lar-sea­son ti­tle and an HHSAA tour­na­ment berth, the team’s first state spot since 2015. The War­riors last won the league cham­pi­onship in 2012.

Honokaa (8-4) is out of the run­ning for the BIIF Di­vi­sion II reg­u­lar-sea­son ti­tle and the league’s first state spot. If two teams are tied, both state berths will be avail­able in the four-team BIIF play­offs.

In the first quar­ter, the War­riors buried 8 of 15 field goals, in­clud­ing 3-balls from Tabuyo-Ka­hele, Pay­ton Gra­ho­vac, and Kilo­hana Haasen­rit­ter. Ka­ha­pea led the charge with six points. It was an ef­fi­cient first quar­ter with Kame­hameha ahead by 14 points.

Kame­hameha also ran the floor and dropped in three layups and stuffed Honokaa’s tran­si­tion game. The Dragons scored on a cut and score by An­sagay, Spencer-Her­ring’s 8-foot jump shot, and An­sagay’s bas­ket and free-throw con­ver­sion.

In the sec­ond pe­riod, the War­riors couldn’t play de­fense with­out foul­ing. Honokaa’s best of­fense came from the free throw line. The Dragons went 10 of 13 from the line and were in the dou­ble-bonus at the four-minute mark.

In the matchup be­tween bigs, the 6-foot5 Ka­ha­pea and 6-3 Spencer-Her­ring got the best of each other dur­ing the sec­ond quar­ter First, Spencer-Her­ring scored on a nifty spin move, but Ka­ha­pea an­swered with a post bas­ket for a 29-13 lead with 5:40 to go.

Ka­ha­pea had 12 points in the first half while Spencer-Her­ring scored nine points, in­clud­ing 3 of 4 from the free throw line.

In the third quar­ter, Ka­ha­pea scored 10 points, in­clud­ing a 3-pointer that was part of a 12-0 clos­ing run. With un­der 40 sec­onds left, Tabuyo-Ka­hele drained a 3-pointer to take a 52-29 lead into the fi­nal eight min­utes.

An­sagay scored six points as Honokaa made a spir­ited charge with a 9-0 run to start the fourth pe­riod quar­ter, but Nakoa-Oness threw cold wa­ter on that run with two free throws. The War­riors were com­fort­ably ahead 54-38 with 5:06 left. Honokaa 7 18 4 19 — 48 Kame­hameha 21 11 20 12 — 64

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