Starting tonight, Kayhi boys basketball (11-7, 3-1) will take on Thunder Mountain (7-11,1-1) with first place in the conference on the line.
Though the Falcons lost three starters from last year’s team, junior Kristian Pihl thinks they are the biggest threat in the division.
“From what I’ve seen and heard, Thunder Mountain is more dangerous than JD,” said Pihl. “If we show up and rise to the occasion I know we’ll do well.”
Thunder Mountain’s player to watch is Puna Toutaiolepo. Puna is only 5’11”, but his athleticism makes him a threat to the Kings.
Senior Cody Kemble guarded him last year and spoke about his abilities on the court.
“He’s 5’11”, but he plays like he’s 6’4”, said Kemble. “He crashes the board hard. He’s like a big ball of athleticism and energy.”
Thunder Mountain has many common opponents with the Kings. They split with Juneau-Douglass 2 weeks ago, and split with Service last weekend. The Falcons also have beaten West Valley, a team Kayhi lost to in the first round of the Alaska Airlines tournament.
Key to the game
Kayhi has started its last 3 road trips with losses. In order to reverse that trend, Kayhi will need to approach the game with the focus it had in their dominating 40-point win at home against Juneau-Douglas.
Senior Jakeb Taylor is confident about this weekend after beating Juneau.
“Beating JD boosted our confidence,” Taylor said. “We can’t underestimate them though, when we lost to JD in our first game, we came out soft and that was a mistake.”