KAPA‘A — Like gazelles on the African plain, the greenshirts and yellowshirts ran, leaped, and ran some more.
Untethered by the weight of a mismatched team, the young teams unleashed their energy pent up from the season and romped through the arena of the Bernice Hundley, their antics drawing enthusiastic cheering from parents and fans.
The confidence and ability that had honed these young players showed, and after spending a first half running, Wailua and Hanakila settled down for some basketball.
Elmer Cudiamat finished with a game-high 18 points, 10 coming in Hanakila’s 15-point third period, to lead the yellowshirts to a 33-24 edge over Wailua in the finale of three games played in the 3 G’s Nation competitive basketball league, Monday.
In earlier contests, Kelsie Cadiente netted 9 points and Kaira Kupihea tipped in 8 points to lead the Knockout Girls to a 23-12 win over the Lihu‘e Kamikaze who got 4 points each from Lacey Lucas and Kawehi Louis-Diamond.
Mahea Hanie-Grace netted all of her game-total 7 points in the first half for the Gee’s Angels who took a 21-12 win over the Kaulupono Girls in Game 2. Hanie-Grace paced the Angels with four marks toward its 12-point first quarter, and iced the margin with a three-point bomb in the second frame.
Kristle Henry and Reggie McCabe each finished with 4 points for the Angels with Raquelle Matayoshi, Jessica Feller and Maile Drier adding pairs.
Vakeesha Lagazo, Cheyanne Duarte and Paige Connelly each netted 4 points for Kaulupono, Duarte’s performance on the right side shortened due to an injury that sent her to the bench.
Elmer Cudiamat, who netted 10 points in Hanakila’s 15-point third period, got help from Marlon Cudiamat who finished with 7 points, and 4 points from Kawika Wellington rounded out the Hanakila scoring leaders.
Na Morales finished with a dozen points to lead Wailua with B. Salvador adding 6 points, R. Tacbian finishing with 4 points and a pair from K. Holt rounding out the greenshirts’ scoring.