Ka’u forged ahead in the fourth quarter Thursday for a 63-58 victory to spoil St. Joseph’s opener at its Cardinal Classic preseason boys basketball tournament at Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium in Hilo.
The Trojans trailed by 11 points in the final period before rallying to edge the Cradinals. Larry Dan Al-Navarro led Ka’u with 13 points, Alexis Alejo added 12 and Brian Gascon and Chance Emmsley-Ah Yee each finished with 10. Ka’u will face Hilo in today’s semifinals at 7:30 p.m.
Mike Silva scored 13 points for the Cardinals, Koa Galves chipped in 12 and Ben Uhlmann had 11. The Cardinals meet Kealakehe at 4:30 p.m. today in consolation play.
Ka’u 9 16 19 19 —63
St. Joe 11 13 21 13—58
Waiakea 77, Kohala 71: Lucas St. George carried the Warriors to a narrow victory with 33 points.
Dillon Rellez added 17 and Calvin Mattos had 11 for Waiakea, which meets Honokaa at 6 p.m. today in a semifinal.
Led by Kealen Figueroa and his game-high 26 points, the Cowboys trailed by only one in the final minute. Mikala Jordan chipped in with 16 points and Justin Agbayani had 14. In a consolation game at 3:30 p.m. today, Kohala draws Pahoa.
Kohala 13 20 16 22 —71
Waiakea 20 17 13 27 —77
Honokaa 69, Pahoa 59: Cjay Carvalho tallied 17 points and Shyrone Batin added 13 as the Dragons took control with a 23-point fourth quarter to secure one of the best wins of their preseason.
The Daggers, who led by four at halftime, got 22 points from Joel Rosario, while Tolby Saito and Torrell Thomas each had 12.
Pahoa 19 20 10 10 —59
Honokaa 15 20 11 23—69
Hilo 58, Kealakehe 31: Jalen Carvalho scored 22 points and the Vikings’ defense held the Waveriders to only four second-half points in the late game.
Hilo led 27-17 at the intermission; 39-20 at the end of three periods; and then outpointed Kealakehe 19-11 in the fourth quarter.
Collin Lodivero followed Carvalho with eight points. AJ Matsumoto, who came off the bench to spark the Vikings with two 3-pointers in the first half, and Austin Dante each had seven points.
Arthur Freddy and Keanu Tilfas had seven points apiece to lead the Waveriders.
Nanea Tavares and Kristiana Van Pernis bagged goals to power the Hawaii Prep girls to a 2-1 victory against Heritage High at the Tri-Valley Classic in Danville, Calif.
Tavares scored off a nifty pass from Marlie Mandaguit in the 58th minute, while Van Pernis converted 12 minutes later from about 35 yards out.
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