14U teams now wait for league leaders

KALAHEO — Teams may have an undefeated record, but it does not necessarily mean they take the top slots for the county’s 14 and Under basketball league.

Coach Daniel Simao of C-Town said the top award in the program is the Participation award where all players get to play at least one quarter of each half. That is followed by the Sportsmanship award, and finally, the Outstanding team award.

“When I coached the 12-year-olds, our team finished with a 9-3 record and we still won one of the awards,” Simao said. “Now, it’s wait and see time.”

C-Town was one of six teams playing in the final three games of the season, finishing with a 45-22 win over the Lihu‘e Lakers in Game 2.

Earlier in the night, the Gee Unit exploded with an 18-3 second period en route to a 58-25 thrashing over the younger Kaulupono boys, and in the final contest, Team Central surged to a 19-6 final period to finish victorious 41-29 over Island Athletics.

Brendon Tillett was going to have a hard time going to bed after coming off the bench to score a game-high 15 points in leading the Gee Unit victory. He was followed by Kyle Lee and Dayton Bayot adding a dozen points each to lead the win.

Ariel Lahip drew praise from the spectators as he notched all six of his game points in the fifth period to lead the Kaulupono effort. Jonathan Tangalin unleashed a three-pointer and a bucket in the final period for his game-total 5 points. Kaili Lagundino followed with 4 points with Paul Oligo Jr. and Chase Parongao finished with 3 points each. Pairs from Brandon Palacio and Neil Magayanes rounded out the effort.

C-Town tall men Bransen Agu and Austin Simao sparked the Game 2 victory with 13 and 12 points, respectively. Kekoa Colipano added 9 points to round out the scoring leaders.

Ken Ancajas was the sole leader for the Lihu‘e Lakers who are also known as the Kalepa Hillsiders due to their yellow shirts bearing the Kalepa logo. Ancajas finished with 10 points followed by Ace Difontorum adding 4 points. Jordan Cadiz and Patrick Tacata added 3 points each and a pair from Allan Bolante rounded out the effort.

Keane Agoot came up with two treys in the final period to lead the Team Central surge that pulled them ahead of the Island Athletics.

Duke Pauli, finishing with game-high 10 points, added four points in the final period. Agoot followed with his 5 points, Manas Kshirsagar and Travis Taylen each added 5 points. John Das and Brian Andres each chipped in 4 points to round out the scoring leaders.

Brandon Taylor led the Athletics effort with six points followed by Maleana Ladesma, Jay Louis, Todd Hirano and Brenna Wortman each adding four points in the effort.

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