Lynx, Dream top goodwill tournament

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    The Dream Team, including Lele Gonzalez, Lilinoe Makepa Huddy, Keilana Pia Salvador, Olivia Malafu, Tacano Largusa, Kiani Pia Salvador, and Aisha Shimabukuro show off their eighth and ninth grade girls division title, Sunday at the Kalaheo Neighborhood Center.

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    The Kauai Lynx’s Pua‘ala Akui Ramos and Dream Team’s Olivia Malafu fight for ball possession under the hoop, Sunday during the title match for the girls eighth and ninth grade division at the Kalaheo Neighborhood Center.

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    The Kauai Lynx’s Jazmine Constantino sweeps in to defend on a shot by the Dream Team’s Lele Gonsalves during the girls eighth and ninth grade division championship game, Sunday at the Kalaheo Neighborhood Center.

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    Kauai Lynx fifth grade girls division coach Rich Colipano Jr., right, presents the division champions from the Kauai Lynx goodwill basketball tournament. Players include Denise Alfonso, Anaiah Mendez, Lailah Vinhaca-Kalani, Jazlyn Corpuz, Grace Meleana Alana, and Kate-Lynn Colipano.

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    Kauai Lynx’s Grace Meleana Alana defends against the drive by Kaulupono’s Kiaura Ortiz-Rita in the first half of the fifth grade girls division title match, Sunday at the Kalaheo Neighborhood Center.

KALAHEO — Grace Meleana Alana netted 10 points and Jazlyn Corpuz added eight marks to lead the Kauai Lynx fifth grade division girls to a 33-7 win over the Kaulupono fifth grade division girls Sunday at the Kauai Lynx goodwill basketball tournament at the Kalaheo Neighborhood Center.

The Kauai Lynx win clinched the title for that division in the tournament.

“We were scheduled to have other off-island teams participating in this tournament,” said Clarence Sales, tournament coordinator for Kauai Lynx. “But the threat of bad weather saw the teams cancel out, one by one. We still had enough teams from Kauai participating so we changed it to a goodwill tournament for fifth grade and eighth/ninth grade girls. We’re already starting work on another tournament for the Veterans Day weekend.”

Bella Esposito dropped four first-half points, and Kaulupono guard Kiaura Ortiz-Rita was held to just a pair of charity points to keep the Kaulupono girls from being shut out.

The hosting Kauai Lynx, eighth and ninth grade division girls, made a strong comeback effort in the second half against the Dream Team, but the effort came up short as the greenshirts wrapped up a 37-27 win in a late-game surge for that division’s title.

Dream Team’s low post Olivia Malafu netted 18 points, 12 dropping in the first half, to set the pace for the victory. Kiani Pia Salvador exploded for six of her eight total points in the second half to help the cause, and Tacano Largusa dropped a bomb from outside the three-point arc late in the game to spark the Dream Team surge. She finished with seven points in the win.

Jazmine Constantino finished with two of the Kauai Lynx treys to lead the effort with 11 points. Kaede Parubrub dropped the third trey in the first half en route to her seven points in the match.

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