Puhi Paint claims men’s basketball championship

Squad avenges early-season loss to Matais in title game

From TGI

Staff

Men’s Basketball

Puhi Paint capped a season of domination in the

Kaua`i County men’s open basketball league Sunday night, securing the title and

revenge with an easy 68-42 victory over Matais.

Matais handed Paint its

only loss in the league during regular-season play.

Chris Acoba paced

Paint, dropping 19 points in the title game. Kaleo Perez was good for 14 points

in Paint’s victory.

“We just played good team ball all season, and it was

nice to cap it with the win,” said Ron Garlie, sponsor of the team. “We

probably, on average, are the oldest team in the league, but there’s five guys

on the floor at one time, and our guys work well together.”

Garlie said

Paint’s average age hovered between 35 and 40.

Glen Batoon paced Matais

with 14 points, but his efforts were not enough.

Paint jumped out to a

commanding 44-12 lead, then cruised to the win. Matais did manage to outscore

the winners 30-24 after the intermission.

Puhi Paint team members include:

Acoba, Perez, Bobo Ishikawa, Alex Cezar, Alec Reichle, Brian Inouye, Guy Higa,

Kaleo Smith, Matt Taba, Chuck Reichle and Ron Garlie.

“This is a good

league,” Garlie said. “Most of the teams have good sports for players, and the

competition is good, especially considering the size of the island.”

Garlie

said teams, of which there were 10, average 10-15 players

Men’s league

organizer Richard Rita said a new season will begin sometime in early

September, with a twist. In an effort to get more squads involved, Rita is

going to run the league in Kalaheo, as usual, and try and get one going in

Kileaua on the north shore.

For information on the leagues, contact Rita at

246-8923.

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