KALAHEO — The Westside Hornets were dwarfed by the Gee Unit A, but that deficiency drew the audience support as the three outside guards were cheered each time they launched a shot at the county’s 14-and-under boys basketball game Wednesday night.
The Unit A defense literally closed down the paint to the tinier Hornets, but the muscle of Jake Corona kept the red-shirted Hornets in the game, although it was the launching of the three outside guards from beyond the arc that drew cheers from not only the Wailua players, who were earlier victorious against the Papalina Rough Riders, but also from the Eastside players who were waiting for their matchup against the Gee Unit B.
The Hornets chalked up six treys in their 53-33 loss with Clifton Callejo leading the Hornets’ scoring on 11 points including a pair from beyond the arc. Taylen Acoba added nine points on three treys, and Neil Nabeshima coupled with Corona on the inside, Nabeshima finishing with six points, all field goals reaped on putback efforts. Ariel Lahip rounded out the Hornets’ effort with five points including a trey.
Thomas Gausepol topped the Unit A victory with a dozen points followed by Dayton Nichols adding 11 points, and Kahea Prem adding 10 markers.
This marks the second straight win for Unit A this week as they were victorious over Eastside, Monday night, 47-34 with Kekoa Prem leading that effort on 16 points followed by Justin Ramos finishing with 13 points and an impressive performance on the court.
Cody Abigania opened the evening with 15 points to lead Wailua to a 34-19 win over the Papalina Rough Riders.
Davin Chong added seven points and Stephan Greenleaf finished with six points in the win.
Similar to the Hornets, Papalina overcame their shortcomings by firing long and Isaac Tehero led the effort with six points, both coming from beyond the arc. Cory McDown and Tanner Rivera each finished with a trey apiece.
In the finale, Eastside redeemed their Monday night loss with a 37-23 showing over Gee Unit B with B.J. Melchor and Keoni Kinzie leading the effort with nine points each. Alex La-Madrid, who was limited to six points Monday night, pushed to eight points Wednesday.
Bradley Heiser hustled for eight points and Joe Duronslet added six points for the Unit B.