Inaugural Isle Hoops tourney kicks off

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    Isle Blue’s Mason Hunt splits the defense of Kauai Thunder’s Kainoa Moody and Shayden Peralta on a drive to the hoop, Thursday as Xander Martinez and Josh Dobashi look in during the first game of the Island School Invitational basketball tournament at the Wilcox Gymnasium.

PUHI — Isle Blue took the Kauai Thunder, but the Dream Team overcame Isle Hoops Gold as the Island School opened its inaugural Island School Invitational basketball tournament Thursday afternoon at the Wilcox Gymnasium on the Island School campus.

In other action on the hardwoods, the W, coached by Josh Burton, was a winner over the Lihue Rebels coached by John Quinones, and the finale saw Na Koa best the Lihue Warriors.

The goal of the tournament, geared for middle school students, is to give the students more experience on the floor to prepare them for high school and the KIF, said Jack Viohl, administrator.

“The whole idea is value,” said Charles Wofford, Island School athletic director.

He said teams pay to enter the tournament, and they want them to have as many games as possible.

“This gets players not only prepared for high school play, but the county’s winter season which starts in January,” he said. “This is good warm up.”

Friday’s schedule included the Warriors taking on Isle Blue, the Rebels going up against the Dream Team, Isle Gold facing the W, and Na Koa closing out the day against Isle Blue.

Saturday, Koa takes on the Kauai Thunder starting at 9 a.m. The Rebels take the floor against Isle Gold at 10 a.m. followed by the Dream Team matching up against the W at 11 a.m. before the championship matches.

It is free. Donations are accepted.

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