Lihu`e And 1s hot in KYBA 10U

KALAHEO—The Boys & Girls Club (Kapa`a) knew the task at hand was a large one

when they entered the Kalaheo Neighborhood Center Monday night in quest of the

title for the Kaua`i Youth Basketball Association’s 10 & Under summer program.

They were intensely quiet in their concentration of the task that lay ahead of

them.

“Not tonight,” coach Ed Phillips said quietly to a youngster who

wanted to mix in with the team during warmups. And, that aspiring basketball

player understood as he backed off to the wall, watching the boys go through

their drills.

Lihu`e And 1s’ coach Billy Ramos, on the other end of the

court was deep in thought as he readied his rosters while the boys deftly and

quickly worked their warmup drills, occasionally punctuated by bursts of

nervous laughter.

The active, fast-moving press of the Lihu`e And 1s headed

by Pono Perez, Michael Julian, Micah Alayvilla, and Kupa Gray Cochea kept the

Boys & Girls Club under control, limiting the Kapa`a squad to just a field goal

and a pair of charity points in the entire first half as Lihu`e went on to wrap

up a 37-16 victory for the title.

Kapa`a went to the bulldozing offensive

power of Elijah Phillips, and the quickness of David Kiefer with Urijah

Phillips coming in strong in the second half, but could not overcome the Lihu`e

pressure.

Scott Taylor and Gray Cochea took high point honors for the

Lihu`e And 1s in the win with 11- and 10-point showings while Devin Saiki

topped the Boys & Girls Club (Kapa`a) scoring roster with 6 points.

Earlier

in the evening, TGI Kalaheo Lakers and the Kaua`i Magic battled for third place

as the Magic stayed with the Lakers, 6-6 in the opening frame, 10-10 in the

third frame, and outgunning the Lakers 14-9 in the final quarter. But, they

couldn’t overcome a 2-13 second quarter as TGI Kalaheo Lakers took the third

place win 38-32 behind a torrid 22-point showing from Sam Schur.

Schur also

sparked TGI Lakers’ defense with two key roofs of Braxton Garma’s shot attempts

in the second period while Keelan Sakuda and Giancarlo Belen helped Schur

generate a 11-0 scoring run, holding the Magic at bay until Jake Kuzen, the

tiniest player in the league, dropped a charity pair to the cheers of the

championship audience with 48 seconds showing in the period.

Joining Schur

in TGI Kalaheo Lakers’ scoring were Keelan Sakuda with 6 points, and Jordan

Sato and Belen ending the night with 5 points apiece.

Garma topped the

Magic’s scoring with 14 points with Peyton Navarro and Livingston Rowan

dropping 6 points each.

TGI Kalaheo Lakers 38,

Kaua`i Magic

32

Score by quarters

Kalaheo Lakers 6 13 10 9 38

Kaua`i

Magic 6 2 10 14 32

TGI Kalaheo Lakers scoring: Reggie

Vigilia 5, Jordan Sato 0, Keelan Sakuda 6, Sam Schur 22, Harold Shimono 0,

Giancarlo Belen 5.

Kaua`i Magic scoring: John Powell Santos 0, Jake Kuzen

2, Sean Inouye 0, Braxton Garma 14, Randy Charlson 4, Peyton Navarro 6, James

Yamamoto 0, Livingston Rowan 6.

Lihu`e And 1s 37,

Boys & Girls

Club (Kapa`a) 16

Score by quarters

Lihu`e And 1s 6 12 13 6

37

Boys & Girls 2 2 6 6 16

Lihu`e And 1s scoring:

Pono Perez 4, Daniel Victor 0, Chris Longboy 2, Seth Quisel 0, Kupa GrayCochea

10, Jonathan Gebauer 2, Micah Alayvilla 3, BJ Gaitos 2, Scott Taylor 11, Teila

Huni 0, Michael Julian 0, Justin Ramos 3.

Boys & Girls Club (Kapa`a)

scoring: Micah Yee 0, Elijah Phillips 2, Bryson Gonsalves 0, Devin Saiki 6,

Tyler Yee 2, Halem Medina 2, Kori Pang 0, Urijah Phillips 0, David Kiefer

4.

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