KALAHEO — Ralph Alacar of the Lihu‘e Bloodline nailed a charity pair in overtime to pull coach Fred Sasan’s team out of a 34-34 stalemate.
Kyle Wong added a quick bucket, and Jordan Tottori capitalized on a Lihu‘e Enforcer turnover to seal their 40-34 victory as the county enjoyed its first 14 and Under boys basketball game Monday night following a series of rained out dates last week.
“Always overtime,” Sasan said following their hard-fought win. “We got past Daniel’s (Simao) team in overtime, tonight we beat the Enforcers in overtime. What’s next?”
On the calendar for the Lihu‘e Bloodline is the Southside team that also enjoyed a 64-40 win over the Gee Unit B in the second of three games played at the Kalaheo Neighborhood Center.
Coming back from a 16-11 halftime deficit, the Bloodline battled through the sixth period before forcing the overtime on an 11-9 showing over the Enforcers led by Alacar firing for six digits in the frame.
The pivotal play for Bloodline came with 2:48 showing as Alacar was fouled by the Enforcers’ Kyson Curammeng, his fifth. The ensuing charity performance pulled Bloodline out to a 27-26 lead that seesawed until the final 30 seconds.
“I missed the winning shot,” reflected Enforcers’ Sheldon Sakai following their loss. Sakai, who finished with four points for the Enforcers went 2-for-4 in that clutch, but finished the second highest point getter for the whiteshirts.
Sakai’s 1-2 showing at the line with 34 seconds remaining locked up the contest 34-34 as Bloodline’s Anderson Baloran travelled with two ticks left, sending the contest into extra play.
Kalapaki Ellis topped the Enforcers’ scoring with 18 points, a game-high performance.
Alacar topped the Bloodline performance with 11 points followed by Tottori finishing with nine points and Kyle Wong adding seven.
AC Fernandez finished with a dozen points to lead Southside to a 64-40 victory over the Gee Unit B in the second contest with Kalen Kakutani adding 11 points. Kalen Kali-Abihai and Sean Inouye each contributed 10 points in the win.
Joe Duronslet finished with game-high 13 points to lead the Unit B effort with Jack Mathers aiding the effort on 10 points.