KALAHEO — Micah Dunhour notched a game-high 18 points to lead Hanama’ulu to a 53-19 showing over the Kaua’i Fire Raiders at the county’s 12 and Under Boys Basketball game Thursday night.
Dunhour’s total came just a digit short of the total production of the much smaller Raiders who, despite being out-heighted by the Hanama’ulu squad, kept scrapping away until the final buzzer.
Travis Taylan added 7 points to Dunhour’s lead with Kahale Fagarang and Daylin Huni each contributing 6. Canaan Higa, Hank Ibia, and Kalen Kimura chipped in 4 points each and a pair from Allan Bolante rounded out the blueshirts’ scoring.
Kasen Delos Reyes, leading the Raiders’ second battalion, topped the redshirts’ scoring with 5 points followed by Isaac Ramboyon chipping in 4 points, Ramboyon’s performance coming in the second period just before an electrical disturbance caused the lights at Kalaheo Neighborhood Center to trip.
Jensen Koga and Erin Doi finished the night with 3 points each, and pairs from Kameron Perez and Nathan Wong accounted for the Raiders’ math, Wong doing a masterful job at snaring rebounds as well as trying to keep the tall Hanama’ulu trees in check.
In the nightcap, Vinda Carineo soared with a game-high 18 points to lead the Westside Hornets to a 43-14 win over the Gee Unit B, another mismatch in terms of the Hornets being much taller than the small, scrappy Unit B.
Cliffton Callejo followed Carineo’s lead with 8 points, and Keoni Ana, Neil Nabeshima, and Jake Corona each finished with 4 points apiece. Ariel Lahip added 3, and a pair from Brandon Palacio rounded out the Hornet scorebooks.
Only three Unit B players were able to penetrate the Hornets’ tall defense. Guard Rajan Baliaris, despite being one of the short Unit B players, managed a pair of treys and a field goal for his 11-point lead. Baliaris was a perfect 2-2 at the charity stripe as well.
Jesse Voorhies, playing with a bulky elbow bandage,, and Kea Nacolatabua, anchoring the left-side low post on defense, finished with pairs to round out the Unit B effort.
- Dennis Fujimoto, staff writer and photographer, may be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 253) or firstname.lastname@example.org.