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Tight games spice Saturday hoops mania

Lihu‘e 34, Hanakila 33

Mark Acoba and Kerwin Morano each basketed a dozen points to lead Lihu‘e to a 34-33 edge over a tenacious Hanakila squad in the first of seven games played Saturday.

Following the Lihu‘e scoring pair, Kameron Perez netted 6 points and Kellen Aquino and Jacob Corpuz each finished with a pair.

Marlon Cudiamat, James Paik and Cy Whitlock paced the Hanakila blackshirts with 8 points apiece followed by Kelikoa Baclayon adding 4 points, James Stevens finishing with 3 points and a pair from Kawika Wellington rounding out the thriller in the boys 13 and under division.

Papalina 47, Gee Unit 33

Donovan Harrison of Gee Unit fired from the inside and the outside, finishing with 19 points.

But the quick, ball-moving Papalina blueshirts went to Tystin Gummerus who finished with 15 points in a 47-33 showing over Gee Unit.

Peter Rayno, coach for the Kalepa Hillsiders in the 18 and under division, was referee-ing the game, Saturday and noted the ability of the Papalina players to move the ball around the court.

“They’re small, smaller than the Gee players, but they can move that ball around,” Rayno said. “Donovan was firing from the outside, but by the end of the first quarter, Papalina was already up by about 15 points.”

Following Harrison’s game-high scoring, Makana Aki finished with 6 points.

Gummerus got help from tall man Vaughn Thompson who finished with 9 points. Kelson Andrade added 7 points, Trey Aguano, who got a visit from his uncle Shawn Aguano, and Kainoa Simao each added 5 points.

Kalawaia Judd, who just came off a West Kaua‘i Bronco All Star sectional playoff, finished with 4 points and a pair from JJ Torres rounded out the blueshirt showing.

Kaulupono 24, Kamikaze 23

Nicole Palacio may not have been the game-high scorer, but her 6 points led the Kaulupono White to a 24-23 thrilling win over the Kamikaze White in the first of two girls 13 Under games at the Bernice Hundley Gym.

Pili Chung finished with a game-high 10 points for the Kamikaze White with Lele Silva and Shyanne Almarza adding 5 and 4 points, respectively.

Behind Palacio, Taylor Gaspar and Nicolei Banasihan each netted 4 points. Jullynn Ramos, Kaelyn Aquino, Casey Anacleta, Carolyn Sacusan and Samantha Apilado finished with pairs.

Kaulupono Blue 39, Kamikaze Red 19

Arrisa Thronas finished with 18 points to lead the Kaulupono Blue to its 39-19 showing over the Kamikaze Red who got a strong 8 points from Kawehi Louis Diamond in the second girls 13 Under contest.

Following Thronas, Krysta Kali stepped up for 6 points, guard Cheyanne Duarte added 4 points with Jennifer Grady and Shayna Alop each finishing with a pair.

Bristy Agu added 5 points following Louis Diamond’s strong showing with Lacey Lucas finishing with 4 points in the Kamikaze Red showing.

Wailua 35, Kamikaze 30

Tori Tuttle led Wailua to a 35-30 edge over the Kamikaze in the first of two girls 18 Under matches in the Saturday hoops mania in Kapa‘a.

Lacey Lucas, who was held to just 4 points in the 13 Under game, exploded for 17 points in the 18 Under contest to lead the Kamikaze effort.

Lauren James followed with 5 points.

Lucas got help from Louis Diamond, also playing in her second game of the day, who finished with 3 points along with Hanna Delaney of Alaska.

Ashlyn Lee and Kira Nakamura added 7 points to Tuttle’s showing with Chelsie Villaora and Destiny Smith following with 5 and 4 points, respectively.

Waimea 62, Kaulupono 39

Erin Connelly, playing tough in the paint, finished with a game-high 21 points and Bristi-Ann Agu, coming into her second game of the day, added 10 points as the Waimea blueshirts outpaced Kaulupono 62-39 in the second girls 18 Under match, Saturday.

Janessa Grady netted a dozen points to lead the Kaulupono effort followed by Jaime Mariano finishing with 5 points.

Behind Connelly and Agu, Mollie Connelly added 8 points, Aiko Grande tucked in 6 points in the win.

Team Central 38, Westside 32

Kalen Abihai-Kali finished with a game-high 13 points for Westside, but the effort fell short as Team Central took the 38-32 match behind Lester Alacar’s 9 point shooting.

On the heels of Alacar, Nicholas Chow and Cody Iwasaki each finished with 8 points followed by Austin Simao helping out with 6 points. Silas Tacsiat finished with 5 points and a pair from Thomas Niemeier rounded out the leaderboard.

Following Abihai-Kali’s lead, Westside got 7 points from Brenden Cristobal, 5 points from Dayton Bayot and 3 points apiece from Mark Guirao and Chris Salvador.

Games for the 3 G’s Nation non-competitive league continue this week with the 13 and Under squads playing in Kalaheo starting at 6 p.m.

Playoffs for the 18 and Under start Tuesday at the Kapa‘a High School gym.

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