Kamehameha knew Keaau senior guard Rico Handy would get his lion’s share of points with layups, free throws, and 3-pointers but locked down on everything else, especially in half-court sets.
HILO – This time it was Konawaena’s turn to pull out a miracle rabbit out of the hat against Waiakea, previously known as the mailman that delivers the agony of postseason defeat.
KEAAU – Normally, Keaau is a one-man scoring operation with Rico Handy carrying the load, but he had a lot of help against physical Kealakehe.
The favorites — Punahou’s boys and girls, Seabury Hall’s mixed crew — claimed gold at the HHSAA canoe paddling championships on Saturday at windy Hilo Bay, where the best suspense was fit for a debate team.
Kealakehe and Keaau are destined for a regular-season tiebreaker to reach the Division I playoffs, and Hilo could soon make it a three-team party after a dramatic Friday night of BIIF boys basketball in North Hawaii.
KEAAU — Kamehameha was consistent with its scoring while Honokaa was cold half the time, never a good formula for winning basketball games.
Waiakea was hitting on all cylinders, and Jazelle “Jazzie” Dorser had a King-sized breakout game with 21 points on 10 of 14 shooting, getting her comfortable elbow shots and showing her diversity with seven steals and five rebounds.
PAHOA — The Daggers went from playing in a modern luxury to being transported back in time to the 1940s, which is the era their new old home resembles.
Kamehameha’s senior Core Four completed one part of the mission.
Behind its usual artistry on the basketball court, the Konawaena dynasty has stretched to a well-rounded number.