Angels drop one game, but earn tourney title

KALAHEO — Kelsey Cadiente took a Jayme Jacinto pass and fired with two seconds showing.

The ball clanged off the rim and dropped, giving Kaulupono Girls a 24-23 win over the Wahine Tigers in the final day of the Kaua‘i Youth Basketball Association 5th Annual Invitational tournament, Saturday.

That win brought the lead in the tournament to a three-way tie between Kaulupono who earlier took a 39-35 win over the Gee’s Angels behind 9 points from Cadiente and Arrisa Thronas.

Ikaika Basketball, a 53-11 winner over the Kamikaze, Saturday, was the third team in a tie for the lead with 2-1 standings.

Karen Matsumoto said that following the tie-breaker based on defensive points, Gee’s Angels was awarded the title followed by Ikaika Basketball.

Thronas was one of the tourney MVPs along with Mahea Hanie-Grace and Jessilyn Aki of the Angels.

Hanie-Grace had 8 points below Kasa Pohiva’s 10 points in its effort against Kaulupono.

Kawehi Louis-Diamond got the MVP nod from the Kamikaze, finishing with 9 points against Ikaika, Saturday. Joyce Lam and Cris Sasano led the Ikaika shooting with 13 and 11 points, respectively.

Taylor Wong and Kiah Fujita were named MVP from Ikaika and Kelina Wolfe got the MVP nod for the Wahine Tigers who were led by Kilihea Inaba and Keahi Akina netting 7 points each in its loss to Kaulupono.

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