KAPA‘A — John Berales fired a dozen points and Travis Stine added 11 points as the Kalepa Hillsiders held off the Kapa‘a Warriors with a 40-33 win Tuesday night.
Basil Walton and Devone Florence combined for 34 points to lead the Gee Unit to a 56-36 win over Westside in the night’s finale. Joe Duronslet finished with 10 points to round out the double-digit scorers.
Brenden Cristobal and Kalen Abihai-Kali paced the Westside effort with 11 and 10 points, respectively.
In an earlier contest, Kelsey Cadiente nailed three three-point aerials in the third quarter to pull Kaulupono to a 40-35 margin over Wailua in the Girls 18 and Under matchup.
Three-point shots fueled the Kalepa victory as a trey from Kila Youn late in the first period pulled the Hillsiders to a point deficit, 9-8.
But the bombs continued to fall, and in the second period, a trey from Aric Consino from 1 o’clock tied the match 11-11, and another three-point aerial from Youn pulled the Hillsiders into the lead for the first time, 17-15. Youn finished the contest with eight of his game-total 9 points coming in the first half.
A Berales trey with 28 seconds in the half gave Kalepa a 20-15 nod.
But Kapa‘a answered in the third period by outshooting Kalepa, 7-4 as a bucket by Kaleo Cummings with 3:30 showing pulled Kapa‘a ahead 22-21. A Matt Lindsey bucket pulled Kapa‘a up 24-21, but Stine nailed a field goal and the opener of a charity pair in the final seconds to knot the contest 24-24.
Duke Pauli pulled Kapa‘a out early in the period after taking a pass from Kekoa Colipano, and a Kaleo Cummings bucket saw Kapa‘a sit on a 31-26 lead with about four minutes remaining.
A Stine charity pair pulled the Hillsiders to within a digit, 30-31, and a pair of buckets in heavy traffic saw the Hillsiders pull ahead only to have Lindsey keep Kapa‘a in the fray with the opener of a charity pair for a 34-33 Kalepa lead at the 1:32 mark.
Berales iced the win with six unanswered points in the final minute of play for the final.
Kekoa Prem topped the Kapa‘a effort with 8 points followed by Kaleo Cummings finishing with 6 points. Lindsey and Pauli each ended with 5 points.
Earlier in the night, Wailua could only muster a trey from Kira Nakamura as Kaulupono came back from an 11-18 opening deficit.
Fueled by four hard-fought points from Janessa Grady and a putback from Kayla Werner over two Wailua defenders, Kaulupono dropped the margin to a 17-21 Wailua nod at the half.
Kelsey Cadiente’s first of three third-quarter treys pulled Kaulupono to within a digit, 20-21 with a Grady foul shot knotting the contest at 21-21.
A 3-point play from Nakamura knotted the contest at 28-28 with 2:09 showing, and another strong putback from Werner gave Kaulupono the 30-28 bulge at the buzzer.
The Westside girls never looked back from that point as Kelsey Cadiente finished with 15 points, including her three treys in the third period. Grady finished with 7 points followed by Werner at 6 points and Jaime Mariano adding 5 points, Kathleen Cadiente netting 4 points and feisty guard Cheyanne Duarte, only in the eighth grade, ending with 3 points, all coming in the opening frame.
Nakamura tied Kelsey with 15 points to lead the Wailua effort. She was followed by Ashlyn Lee, Tori Tuttle and Hanalei Gomes each netting 4 points and Chelsie Villatora adding 3 points.
Cecil Gee, coach and administrator for the 3 G’s Nation said signups are now taking place for the league’s first 3-Point Shootout.
Players interested in participating can check with him or Vonda Aki at any of the summer league games taking place on Mondays, Tuesdays and Saturday mornings.
3 G’s Nation Saturday Results
Kalaheo 53, Gee Unit 50 OT
Kalaheo: Ryan Merkle 12, Devin Tavana 6, Jeremy Robinson 14, Keelan Sakuda 5, James Sagucio 4, Tyrus Ceria-Lux 2, Braxton Garma 8.
Gee Unit: Devone Florence 11, Basil Walton 13, Joe Duronslet 2, Tino Ramos 11, Donovan Harrison 7, Cody Morden 5.
Waimea Menehune: 44, Wailua 13 (Girls)
Wailua: Destiny Smith 4, Chanita Makanui 6, Chelsie Villatora 2, Ashlyn Lee 1.
Waimea: Erin Connelly 8, Aiko Grande 13, Lorrine Victorino 2, Kori Sakamoto 9, Joanna Andres 3, Bristi-Ann Agu 6, Breeann Abuan 3.
Kaulupono 43, Lihu‘e Kamikaze 23 (Girls)
Kamikaze: Lacey Lucas 11, Lauren James 7, Kira Taylan 8, Willa (23) 3.
Kaulupono: Cheyanne Duarte 9, Shayna Alop 3, Janessa Grady 6, Kelsey Cadiente 10, Kathleen Cadiente 5, Kayla Werner 8, Natalie Mata 9.