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Number one seed Kamehameha prepares for state basketball tourney

Micah Christenson Micah Christenson
Jesse Nakanishi Jesse Nakanishi
Pii Minns Pii Minns

By Brian Ojima

HONOLULU (KHNL) - The last time Kamehameha won a boys state championship, many of the players on the Warriors current team weren't even born - players like sophomore forward, Micah Christenson.

"We want to leave a legacy for everybody and start a dynasty with this senior class of 2009," said Christenson.

One person who knows just how long it's been is current Warriors head coach, Jesse Nakanishi, who was just a freshman on that state championship team back in 1992.

"I mean these kids know it's been awhile, I was a freshman in high school when it happened 17 years ago, they know they're playing for more than just themselves," said Nakanishi.

Now in his sixth year as head coach, Nakanishi is trying to guide his team to that same state championship glory, that he experienced.

The Warriors have just the team to do it, with 8 seniors, including one of their top scorers, forward Pi'i Minns.

"I think what our team struggled with in the past was free throws and I think that if we just come with energy and effort, don't come out flat, just that alone will get us pumped up for the game," said Minns.

Minns says that breaking that 17 year state championship drought would be the perfect way to end his high school career.

"I mean it's huge, a lot of alumni have been coming by and talking to us, like do something that we couldn't do in the past or like bring it back here," said Minns.

The state tournament begins on Wednesday, with the finals on Saturday night at the Blaisdell.

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