Kalaheo boys basketball team makes history in title match


Led by its alumnus head coach Alika Smith, the Kalaheo Boys’ Basketball Team made history this year, becoming the first team in Hawaii to win Division II and Division I titles in consecutive seasons.

​It marked the school's first Division I crown since 2001, when Alika's father, the late Pete Smith, coached the Mustangs; the Smiths remain the only father-son duo to win state basketball titles.  The 2013 version made history on February 23, downing then-top-seeded Maryknoll in an electrifying overtime game, 60-54. 

In a span of less than three minutes, senior Joshua Ko scored 13 of his season-high 24 points.  He scored his team's last nine points in the final 1:25 of regulation, including a game-tying 3-pointer with 27 seconds left, and followed with the first four points of the OT period before fouling out with 19 seconds left.  ​


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