Thanks to another stellar effort from Kamehameha-Hawaii’s Shaun Kagawa, matters in Big Island Interscholastic Federation Division I boys basketball just got a whole lot more interesting.
Kagawa scored 23 points Wednesday night, and Kamehameha cooled off Waiakea with a 50-45 road victory that created a logjam at the top of the East Hawaii standings.
Senior guard Ilikai Calip added 13 points as Kamehameha (6-2) took a nine-point lead at halftime and held on to tie Waiakea for first place. Hilo (5-2) is a half-game behind.
Junior forward Lucas St. George carried the public-school Warriors, finishing with 17 points. But coming off their second win of the season against the Vikings on Monday, Waiakea had its six-game winning streak snapped. Waiakea hadn’t lost since a season-opening setback at Kamehameha in a game in which Kagawa, a senior guard, also amassed 23 points.
While Waiakea failed to take command in the standings, Kamehameha now controls its own destiny in the race for the top seed at the BIIF tournament. Already having beaten Kamehameha once, the Vikings visit Paiea Gym on Feb. 9 to close the regular season.
KS-Hawaii 13 19 7 11— 50
Waiakea 11 12 14 8—45
Kohala 83, Kealakehe 67: Sophomore Hana Caravalho led four players in double figures with 20 points as the Cowboys raced out to a big lead in Kapaau.
Senior Makani Kualii scored 17 points and sophomores Kealen Figueroa and Mikala Jordan had 16 and 15, respectively, as Kohala (4-2) tied Hawaii Prep atop the West’s Division II standings. The Cowboys and Ka Makani play Friday night in Waimea.
Senior Kainalu Lozano led the Waveriders (2-5) with a game-high 23 points. Senior Deion Utrera chipped in with 16 points, and junior Keanu Tilfas had 12.
In the junior varsity game, Arthur Freddy’s 22 points led Kealakehe to a 57-48 victory. Kainalu Emeliano-Solomon and Shawn-Ray Ramos each scored 17 points for Kohala.
Kealakehe 22 7 12 26 —67
Ka’u 62, St. Joseph 42: Gregory Javar led all scorers with 22 points, and Alexis Alejo chipped in with 11 as the Trojans (2-6) won at Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium to bolster their chances of earning a home playoff game in the league’s Division II tournament.
Ben Uhlmann scored 22 points for the Cardinals (0-7), and Cole DeSilva had eight.
Ka’u 16 13 20 13 — 62
St. Joseph 13 9 7 13 —42
Pahoa 56, Keaau 46: Senior guard Nick Fisher scored a game-high 25 points in Keaau as the Daggers won their third straight game
Tolby Saito added 15 points as Pahoa (4-3) took control in the the third quarter and beat a Division I team for the second time this season.
Fisher is averaging 19.9 points per game on the season.
Senior Davin Alviento led the Cougars (3-4) with 13 points, and juniors Isaiah Segobia and Charlie Belmes added 11 and 10, respectively.
Charles Caldwell-Kaai scored 14 points in Keaau’s 36-21 JV victory. Keinan Agonias had eight for Pahoa.
Pahoa 21 8 11 16— 56
Keaau 11 17 4 14 —46
Laupahoehoe at Honokaa: The home team of Honokaa did not report information on this contest.