Star-Bulletin Sports

Friday, January 4, 2002


Mustangs find their range
to breeze past Knights

By Jason Kaneshiro

Kalaheo High School is about a 10 minute drive away from Castle High, but the Mustangs dialed long distance to score a 77-44 season opening road win over the Knights last night in Kaneohe.

The defending state champion Mustangs (1-0) drained 10 of their 14 3-point shots en route to the win over their Windward Oahu neighbors. Ikaika Alama-Francis led Kalaheo with 24 points and hit three shots from behind the 3-point arc, including one that bounced off the top of the backboard and through the hoop.

"They got confident and every single person that took a shot, the shots went in," Castle coach Rocky Fraticelli said after the Oahu Interscholastic Association East Division season opener for both teams.

"It was a total domination," he added. "We need to do things defensively and offensively, we're struggling. I believe this is a good wake-up call. If our players didn't learn anything from tonight's game, it's going to be academic the rest of the season."

D.C. Daniels, who sat out two weeks with an ankle injury, got the Mustangs rolling by hitting a 3-pointer to open the scoring. Shaine Harada, Alama-Francis and Michael Gayle, a transfer from Castle, contributed to the 3-point barrage as Kalaheo opened up a 23-10 lead after the first quarter.

Alama-Francis shot 5-for-8 from the field and 9-for-10 from the free throw line. Daniels finished with seven points, but his return helped energize the Mustangs, who haven't played a home game in a month.

"He practiced two days before this game," Kalaheo coach Pete Smith said. "He's been out two weeks. He's been riding a bike and doing some stuff to stay in shape, but he's not the same. But he makes such a difference, you can tell he's jumping good and he'll get more in the flow."

Ryen Isip led Castle with 17 points and Pookela Rodenhurst added 11. But none of the other Knights scored more than six points.

Kalaheo led 43-17 at halftime and extended the lead in the third quarter by outscoring the Knights 22-6.

Kalaheo faces Moanalua tomorrow at the Menehunes' gym. Castle hosts Roosevelt tomorrow.

At Castle H.S. gym

Kalaheo (1-0) 23 20 22 12 -- 77

Castle (0-1) 10 7 6 21 -- 44

KALAHEO -- Charles Elliott 8, Michael Gayle 7, James Robertson 0, Max Anton 0, Shaine Harada 3, Ikaika Alama-Francis 24, Zane Cabral 2, Justin Pedrina 2, Neil Bowers 0, William Elliott 5, D.C. Daniels 7, Theo Fujita 8, Michael Garcia 0, Jeremy Neufeldt 4, Sam WIlhoite 7.

CASTLE -- Justin Bruhn 2, William Harvest 3, Michael Proctor 2, Emmett Aberilla 6, Charles Teixeira 3, Nelden Torres 0, Ryen Isip 17, Joel Botelho 0, Pookela Rodenhurst 11, Kurtis Kanekoa 0, Jordan Ukauka 0, Tim Witala 0.

3-point goals -- Kalaheo: 10 (Alama-Francis 3, C. Elliott 2, Gayle 2, Harada, W. Eilliott, Daniels). Castle: 3 (Harvest, Isip, Rodenhurst).

Junior varsity -- Castle 48, Kalaheo 36

Kaimuki 51, Roosevelt 45: Daniel Taufoti scored 17 points and the host Bulldogs overcame an early deficit to win the OIAEast contest.

Jesse Wong hit four 3-pointers and finishing with 16 points for Kaimuki(1-0), which trailed 17-13 in the first half.

Casey Gouveia paced Roosevelt (0-1) with 16 points.

At Kaimuki H.S. gym

Roosevelt (0-1) 17 8 9 11 -- 45

Kaimuki (1-0) 13 11 12 15 -- 51

ROOSEVELT -- Keola Steitzel 4, Casey Gouveia 16, Ryan Keomaka 2, Jon Castro 5, Bryson Borges 8, Anthony Holyfield 8, Andrew Choy 2.

KAIMUKI -- Jesse Wong 16, Richy Miyasaka 2, Tino Caires 7, Daniel Tautofi 17, Alex Lauriano 2, James Davis 7

3-point goals: Roosevelt 6 (Gouveia 3, Borges 2, Castro). Kaimuki 5 ( Wong 4, Caires).

Junior varsity -- Roosevelt 56, Kaimuki 43

Farrington 43, McKinley 36: Matt Bell led the Governors with a game-high 14 points and Rodney Cabebe added 10 as the Governors (1-0) held off the Tigers(0-1).

Curt Leong had 12 points to lead McKinley.

At McKinley H.S. gym

Farrington (1-0) 5 15 8 15 -- 43

McKinley (0-1) 7 8 10 11 -- 36

FARRINGTON -- Burt Calaycay 2, Uriah Seui 4, Royce Machado 3, Jason Domingo 4, Matt Bell 14, Chad Mock 6, Rodney Cabebe 10.

MCKINLEY -- Curt Leong 12, William Chriton 4, Elliot Twiggs 9, Joshua Bumanglag 4, Robert Holder 7.

3-point goals: Farrington 1(Machado). McKinley 3 (Leong, Twigg, Holder).

Junior varsity -- McKinley 62, Farrington 61

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