I Mua thriller: No. 7 Kamehameha outlasts No. 9 Waiakea

It has been three long years since high school basketball has been this busy.

Seventh-ranked Kamehameha opened its I Mua Invitational on Thursday with a 57-53 win over No. 9 Waiakea at the I Mua Invitational girls basketball tournament. Coach Pua Straight has a balanced lineup that includes two freshmen, Nihoa Dunn (12 points) and Rylee Paranada (12 points) making key contributions. Waiakea rallied in the second half with three consecutive 3-pointers on the fast break, but couldn’t get over the hump.

No. 3 Maryknoll got the best effort of Kamehameha-Hawaii, which hung close before falling, 38-35, in the mid-afternoon matchup. KS-Hawaii (3-5) came to Oahu unranked, but has two elite players in Keanu Huihui and volleyball phenom Maela Honma.

Radford defeated Kahuku, 49-37, in a battle of perennial powerhouses from the OIA. In the final game of the day, Kaiser defeated Kamehameha I-AA, 58-42. The tournament resumes today and concludes on Saturday.

For more on the I Mua Invitational, see the story at the Star-Advertiser.

Friday, Dec. 2
I Mua Invitational (Kamehameha)
Kamehameha-Hawaii vs. Radford, 3:30 p.m.
No. 9 Waiakea vs. No. 3 Maryknoll, 5 p.m.
Kamehameha I-AA vs. Kahuku, 6:30 p.m.
No. 7 Kamehameha vs. Kaiser, 8 p.m.

Lancer Jamboree (Sacred Hearts)
At Sacred Hearts gym
Kalaheo vs. Sacred Hearts, 4 pm
Kalani vs. La Pietra, 5:30 pm
Waimea vs. Hawaii Baptist, 7 pm

Saturday, Dec. 3
I Mua Invitational (Kamehameha)
No. 7 Kamehameha vs. Kamehameha-Hawaii, 2:30 p.m.
No. 9 Waiakea vs. Kahuku, 4 p.m.
Kaiser vs. No. 3 Maryknoll, 5:30 p.m.
Radford vs. Kamehameha I-AA, 7 p.m.

Lancer Jamboree (Sacred Hearts)
At Sacred Hearts
Sacred Hearts vs. Waimea, 1:30 pm
Hawaii Baptist vs. Kalani, 3 pm
La Pietra vs. Kalaheo, 4:30 pm


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