Preseason basketball began last week when the Molokai boys basketball team traveled to Kauai for a tournament.
The Farmers played three games over three days and finished the Kauai tournament with a fourth place trophy.
The boys won their first game against Kapa’a High School 55-51 on Dec. 1. The next day the team lost to University High 57-26. On Dec. 3, the Farmers closed the tournament with a loss to Kapa’a 71-44.
Last year, the Farmers finished the Maui Interscholastic League as runner-up to Seabury Hall. Molokai just missed advancing to the state tournament after losing a second half lead to Seabury in the MIL title game.
“We expect to contend for the Division II title this year and hopefully make it to the state tournament,” said assistant coach Rick Schonely. “Our boys are working hard in practice and looking forward to our trip to Maui on the 19th.”
The Farmers will be playing against Campbell, Lahainaluna, Maui High and King Kekaulike at the Lahaina Invitational Tournament Dec. 19-22.
The MIL season begins Jan. 20 and 21 against St. Anthony. The only home games of the season will be against Seabury on Jan. 27 and 28. The season closes at Lanai on Feb. 3 and 4. The MIL tournament will be Feb. 8-11 on Maui followed by the state tournament Feb. 22-25.
Team captains are senior Brahunson Ka’ai, at center, junior Hauoli Falealii and sophomore David Rapanot, starting at the guard position. Junior Paka Adolpho will also be an important player to watch at forward.
Girls team opens preseason at home
The Molokai High School girls basketball team played two preseason games at home on Dec. 2 and 3. Despite a strong effort and the support of the home fans, the girls dropped both games to King Kekaulike, 43-17 on Friday and 30-12 on Saturday.
The girls open the MIL season at Seabury on Jan. 6 and 7. The home games for the Farmers will be Jan. 20 and 21 against Lanai.