Konawaena caps perfect regular season


Nick Mims scored 19 of his game-high 23 points in the first half as Konawaena’s boys basketball team capped a perfect Big Island Interscholastic Federation regular season with a 72-56 win over Kohala Saturday at Onizuka Gymnasium.

Mims nailed three 3-pointers, helping the Wildcats jump out to a 22-8 advantage after one quarter. Brenton Shropshire added 15 points for West Hawaii No. 1 seed Konawaena (10-0), which will play in the BIIF Division I tournament semifinals at 6 p.m. Friday at Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium. The Wildcats will face the winner of Wednesday’s first-round game between East Hawaii No. 2 seed Waiakea (9-3) and East Hawaii No. 4 seed Keaau (6-6).

Seniors Makani Kualii and Kalai Salis-Kapeliela each scored 14 points for Kohala (6-4), West Hawaii’s No. 2 seed in the BIIF Division II tournament. The Cowboys will play East Hawaii No. 3 seed St. Joseph (0-12) in a first-round game scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday, with the winner heading to Hilo Civic on Friday to play East Hawaii top seed Pahoa (7-5) in a 4:30 p.m. Division II semifinal.

Kohala 8 22 11 15 — 56

Konawaena 22 18 18 14 — 72

Honokaa 52, Hawaii Prep 42: At Honokaa Armory, Alika Alip scored a game-high 18 points, and Isaiah Meyer added nine for the Dragons, West Hawaii’s No. 3 seed in the Division II tournament.

Honokaa (5-5) will face East Hawaii No. 2 seed Ka’u (2-10) on the road in a first-round game scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday. The winner will take on West Hawaii top seed HPA (6-4) in a BIIF semifinal set for 3 p.m. Friday at Hilo Civic.

HPA and Kohala finished with the same record and split their two-game regular-season series, but Ka Makani earned West Hawaii’s top seed by virtue of winning a point differential tiebreaker between the teams.

Nicolas Palleschi and Jovan Crnic scored 11 and eight points, respectively, for Ka Makani on Saturday.

Hawaii Prep 14 4 7 17 — 42

Honokaa 16 8 13 15 — 52

Pahoa 47, St. Joseph 15: At Pahoa, Randin Napeahi scored 10 points as the host Daggers (7-5) finished the regular season with a winning record.

Freshman Cole DeSilva scored seven points for St. Joseph.

St. Joseph 2 2 4 5 — 13

Pahoa 6 10 11 20— 47

Waiakea 49, Keaau 43: No further information on this contest was available.