Squad avenges early-season loss to Matais in title game
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.”
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.”
said teams, of which there were 10, average 10-15 players
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