Gee’s Angels meet Kaulupono for KYBA title

KALAHEO — Gee’s Angels will meet Kaulupono Blue for the title of the 4th Annual KYBA 14 Under girls basketball tournament.

The Angels, celebrating its coach Cecil Gee’s birthday yesterday, got to the championship berth by winning two games, 36-30 over Ikaika, Friday night, followed by a 33-19 showing over Kalama Basketball, yesterday.

Similarly, Kaulupono Blue advanced with a 20-19 edge over Na Paniolo of Waimea Middle School, Friday night, followed by a 45-34 win over Lokahi Wahine of Kona on Saturday.

Gee said, “Maybe it’ll be a repeat of when we went to the Big Island where we played Lokahi for the championship, there.”

But that was not to be as the Kaulupono Blue, coached by Bobby Kamakele, got 19 points from Jayme Jacinto in its win over the Kona squad.

“She (Jacinto) has been busy,” Kamakele said, while waiting for the guard to show up at the Kalaheo Neighborhood Center. “She’s got a volleyball game at the Ho‘oikaika tournament this morning and will be playing basketball this afternoon. That’s how she was last night, too.”

Kilihea Inaba topped the Lokahi scoring, yesterday.

Lokahi advanced with a 42-7 showing against the Lihu‘e Kamekaze, Friday night, with Chelsea Poe and Dawnyelle Awa leading the win with 11 and 10 points, respectively.

Malisa Hiraga had a dozen points to lead Kalama, a team from Makawao, Maui, to a 29-25 edge over Kaulupono White, Friday, to advance to yesterday’s matchup against Gee’s Angels. In that effort, Taylor Hiraga and Malisa combined for 17 points.

“Kalama was here about three years, ago,” Karen Matsumoto, the KYBA coordinator, said. “Most of the teams who came, were here before.”

Matsumoto said Waimea Middle School is a charter school on the Big Island and wanted some help setting up a basketball program.

That resulted in Na Paniolo hosting both the Lihu‘e Kamekaze coached by Keven Hanano and the Gee’s Angels in games earlier this year.

The championship game for the tournament tips off at 1 p.m. at the Kalaheo Neighborhood Center.

At 10 a.m., Kaulupono White, who dropped a 33-12 match to Ikaika yesterday, will meet Kalama Basketball.

That match will be followed by Ikaika matching up against Na Paniolo Wahine, a 39-2 winner over the Lihu‘e Kamekaze, yesterday.

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