Cowboy’s Basketball team takes early exit in State Tournament

Andrew Trump

The Kohala boy’s basketball team traveled to Oahu this past week to compete in the Division II state tournament. They knew the task at hand was going to be tough, and the result showed it.

The Cowboy’s found themselves down early much of the season and that didn’t change once they traveled to Oahu. On Thursday the Division II #1 seed, Kalaheo, was able to take advantage of the slow start by the Cowboys and hold them off as they made runs in the second half.

Kalaheo went up 10-2 early in the first quarter at Farrington gym behind strong play by 6-6 forward Nainoa Frank and shooting guard Josh Ko. However the Cowboys clawed their way back into the game like they did much of the season and were down 20-17 at halftime. The Cowboys were able to pull within two points early in the third quarter before Kalaheo went on a blistering 14-0 run. The Cowboys tried to push back in the 4th quarter and got within 8 points, but it wasn’t enough. Kalaheo pulled away at the end to win 52-39. Christopher Roxburgh who scored a game high 22 points led Kohala.

The next day the Cowboys traveled to Kaimuki gym to play the Division II ILH champion St. Francis. Kohala got off to a very slow start once again and were down 33-20 at halftime. In the second half the Cowboys started a furious rally and the game was close the rest of the way. Roxburgh played one of his best games scoring 27 points, but wasn’t enough in the end as Saint Francis won 72-67.

The Cowboys had a great season and surprised a lot of people by making the state tournament with their win over Pahoa. The team loses four seniors in Paul Antonio, Weston Cazimero, Andrew Trump, and Christopher Roxburgh. The rest of the squad will be playing in the offseason hoping to improve for next year.