The regular season hasn’t begun yet, but it will be hard for Jalen Carvalho to top the show he put on in the championship game at St. Joseph’s boys basketball tournament.
The Hilo senior hit two buzzer-beaters, including a 23-foot tiebreaking 3-pointer at the end of overtime Saturday night, during a scintilatting 47-point performance as the Vikings edged Waiakea 67-64 at Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium.
The Warriors looked poised to grab their second preseason title in the past three weeks, but Carvalho made a putback at the end of regulation to send the game to overtime.
Carvalho did much of his damage from the free-throw line, finishing 21 of 24. Hilo’s next highest scorer was Austin Dante, who had eight.
Calvin Mattos scored 21 points for Waiakea, which led by five points entering the fourth quarter, and Dillon Rellez added 12. Saddled by foul trouble, standout Lucas St. George finished with four points.
This was the teams’ first and last meeting during the busy preseason. The Big Island Interscholastic Federation Division I rivals will meet again in the regular season Jan. 27 at Waiakea.
Waiakea 10 22 9 17 6 —64
Hilo 11 15 10 22 9 —67
Ka’u 58, Honokaa 54: The Trojans took third place behind Chance Emmsley-Ah Yee (12 points) and Larry-Dan Al-Navarro (11).
Honokaa, which got Cjay Carvalho’s 21 points and 14 from Kysen Datuin, got back into the game by outscoring Ka’u 21-11 in the third quarter.
Ka’u 16 16 11 15—58
Honokaa 11 8 21 14 —54
Pahoa 60, St. Joseph 41: Tolby Saito led the Daggers to fifth place with a 24-point effort, and Spencer Stroschein added 14.
Ben Uhlmann paced St. Joseph with 17 points and Michael Silva added 13.
St. Joseph 9 9 12 11 —41
Pahoa 9 23 13 15 —60
Kohala 62, Kealakehe 57: Mikala Jordan carried the Cowboys with 23 points and Ryan Caravalho chipped in with 13 as Kohala finished off a 4-6 preseason in the seventh-place game.
Kalani Lewi powered the Waveriders with 13 points and Blaine Broberg had 12.
Kohala 13 26 8 15 —62
Kealakehe 5 17 17 18—57