KALAHEO — The redshirts from the Eastside were trailing throughout the game despite outgunning the Westside Hornets in three of the six periods. But, with 1:23 showing on the clock, Hunter Hudson drove the inside for a bucket that stalemated the contest, 32-32.
Ariel Lahip, one of the smallest players in the league, answered for the Hornets on an outside bucket for the go-ahead at 1:03.
But, the redshirts never faltered and a traffic shot by John Das dead-locked the contest, 34-34 with just 21 seconds showing. The crowd sat on the edge of their seats as Vinda Carineo went to the charity stripe for a one-and-one with just a dozen ticks remaining in the tied contest.
The shot bounced empty, Eastside nailed the rebound to force the over-time where Carineo pulled the Hornets into the lead only to have Das answer as the three-minute period wound down.
Cliffton Callejo pulled the Hornets up with 37 seconds showing, but the inside hustle of Das tied the game that ended in a 39-39 tie.
Carineo finished with a game-high 16 points to lead the Hornets’ efforts, followed by Callejo ending with 14 points. Braden Palacio and Tevyn Rita each chipped in three, and a pair from Lahip rounded out the Westside scoring.
Das finished with 13 points to lead Eastside with Hudson adding a dozen markers. Kanoa Nartatez and Keane-Shane Agoot each finished with four points, and pairs from Taylor Longstaff and Keoni Kinzi figured in the opening night math.
Allan Bolante and Canaan Higa each chalked up 14 points to lead Hanama’ulu to a 59-29 win over the Kalaheo Tigers in the nightcap.
Daylan Huni added eight, Micah Dunflor and Kahale Fagarang each contributed six followed by Kaimana Jaquias’ five points.
Shawn Tavares and Marcus Brown topped the Tigers’ scoring with seven and six points, respectively. Taylor Nix finished with four, Kaioli Brun, Casen Kaohelauli’i, and Kelsen Andrade each tapped in three points, and pairs from Grant Basquez and Tystin Gummerus rounded out the effort. Malia Kagawa and Sierra Mayer led the Island Heat to a 27-21 showing over the Kaulupono Girls with nine and seven points each in the county’s 12 under girls games played Wednesday night.
Cassandra Owens and Sanoe Kaohelauli’i topped the Kaulupono Girls’ scoring with eight and five points, respectively.
Jessilyn Aki finished with a game-high 11 points to lead Gee’s Angels to a 28-9 showing over Waimea with Lauren Claypoole adding six points for the Angels.
Fiare Moe and Bristy Agu led the Waimea effort with four and three points each. On Saturday, three games are on tap for the boys who will be playing at the Kalaheo Neighborhood Center starting at 10 a.m.