KALAHEO — They were outnumbered. But they got the audience’s support.
“I just told them to take the shot if they were open,” coach Francis Kaohi of the Westside Hornets said following their 57-44 loss at the hands of Southside, Monday at the Kalaheo Neighborhood Center.
And the Hornets shot against a taller Southside defense that closed off the inside.
Ariel Lahip, one of the smaller Hornets lit the fuse on a 3- point bomb that saw the Hanapepe team come back from a 16-5 deficit to pull to within five points at the half.
The Hornets finished the game with five bombs from beyond the arc, the audience on both sides cheering, as the boys in red launched sphere after sphere from beyond the arc.
Neil Nabeshima and Brandon Palacio led the Hornets’ effort with 11 points apiece with Lahip adding eight points.
Zachary Gardien finished with a game-high dozen points to lead the Southside victory with Hino Kanahele adding 11 points.
Kalapaki Ellis and Kyson Curammeng, two strong forces for the Lihu’e Enforcers paced the “Kaua’i Kane” shirted players in their 39-32 win over Wailua with a dozen and eight points, respectively.
Cody Abigania and Stephen Greenleaf led the Wailua effort with 10 and seven points each. Mikeo Rita finished with five points, Isaac Tehero and Keanu Palama each chipped in three as Papalina edged past the Gee Unit B, 17-14 in Monday’s finale.
Jackson Mathers and Joe Duronslet paced the Unit B with six points each.
In Saturday’s games at Kaua’i High School, Kanahele took the lead with seven points to pull Southside to a five-point win over the Lihu’e Enforcers, 36-31. AC Fernandez and Kalen Kakutani each added six points for Southside. “We couldn’t stop the big guy (Curammeng),” said Southside coach Steven Matsumoto. “So, we just let him have the points.
There was nothing we could do.” Curammeng finished the game with a dozen points followed by Sheldon Sakai adding six.
Silas Tacsiat finished with 11 points as C-Town rambled over Laukona 45-28 in the second Saturday game that saw Koa Colipano and Bryson Agu each help the win with 10-point contributions.
Cody Morden and Cameron Largusa sparked the Laukona effort with seven points apiece with Paleku Yasay and Jason Iloreta each finishing with four.
Scott Sasan ended with a game-high 10 points to lead Lihu’e Bloodline to a 48-15 win over Papalina. Pono Cummings added nine points in the win.
Micah Rita and Keanu Palama led the Papalina effort with five and three points. Kekoa Prem and Winston Gee led the Gee Unit A in their 57-24 showing over the Gee Unit B, Prem finishing with a dozen points followed by Gee adding 10 markers.
Bradley Heiser and Jack Mathers led Unit B with seven points apiece.