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Kelii Koa Baclayon 2-3 in marathon hoops day

KAPA‘A — Kelii Koa Baclayon had a marathon day along with several other players Saturday.

Baclayon, playing two games with Hanakila in the 13 and Under division, played up and joined the ranks of Kapa‘a in his third game on an 8-game schedule for the 3 G’s Nation competitive basketball league at the Kapa‘a High School gym.

After dropping two games with Hanakila, including a 39-36 loss to the Gee Unit in overtime, and a 34-35 loss to Lihu‘e in the 13 Under division, the tiny guard was able to post 5 points in Kapa‘a’s 57-23 win over Waimea in the 15 Under boys game.

Lansen Eto exploded for 5 points, including a bomb from outside the 3-point arc in overtime to lead the Gee Unit to its 3-point victory.

Eto finished that matchup with 11 points, combining with Donovan Harrison’s 16 points for the win.

Baclayon and James Stevens each netted 6 points to combine with Marlon Cudiamat’s 9 points in the Hanakila effort.

In the second 13 Under match, Baclayon, Cudiamat, Stevens, Kauan Walog, Cy Whitlock, Angelito Raza and Justin Apilado were each held to just a pair each by the Lihu‘e defense. Morgan Childs took the lead for Hanakila with 7 points in that effort.

Lihu‘e’s Kerwin Morano led the win with 15 points followed by Kameron Perez with 7 points, Mark Acoba adding 6 points and Wheeler Batol finishing with 4 points.

Moving to the 15 Under division, Baclayon finished with 5 points against the Waimea squad who was held to just 4 points until the final three minutes of the first half.

Andrew Panoke and Duke Pauli each netted 14 points to lead the Kapa‘a victory with Kainoa Colipano and Kapono Cummings each adding 9 points. Spam Lindsey finished with 6 points.

Branden Palacio, Chase Parongao, Kaili Lagundino were each held to just 4 points with P.J. Oligo taking the lead on 5 points. Ariel Lahip finished with 3 points and Mana Jose had a pair for Waimea.

Lihu‘e completed a two-game sweep in the 13 Under division as Morano paced the team coached by Kaleo Perez with 16 points in its 46-25 win over Westside. He was followed by Kameron Perez adding a dozen marks with Acoba adding 8 points. Kellen Aquino and Micah Hanano finished with 4 points each and Wheeler Batol had a pair.

Dillon Balisacan paced the Westside effort with 1 point followed by Briggs Agu adding 8 points, Christian Garma netting 4 points and Chavis Garma finishing with a pair.

Westside dropped its second game, 38-22 against the quick Papalina team with Chavis Garma leading the Westside effort with 10 points in that game. Darin Fernandez added 7 points and Dylan Balisacan finished with 4 points.

Trey Aguano led the Papalina blueshirts with a game-high 13 points followed by Vaughn Thompson and Kelson Andrade each netting 7 points. Kalawaia Judd and Kainoa Simao finished with 6 and 5 points, respectively.

On the girls’ arena, Mahea Hanie-Grace also did double-duty in the Gee’s Angels dual win, a 53-8 showing over Kaulupono White in the 13 Under division followed by a 61-14 showing over the Kamikaze in a 15 Under match.

Hanie-Grace burned the twine in both games, netting a game-high 29 points against the Kamikaze and adding 6 points against Kaulupono White.

Against the Kaulupono White, Lauren Claypoole, another Angel playing up, led the effort with 13 points and was held to just 6 points against the Kamikaze.

Raquelle Matayoshi was another Angel playing up and finished with 6 points against Kaulupono and held to just a digit against the Kamikaze.

Aside from the dual-role Angels, Riana Ralston and Reggie McCabe each had 8 points, Brooke Nawai-Nakamura finished with 4 points along with Lele Hanie. Joy Claypoole, Lauren’s younger sister, and Pi‘ilani Chandler each netted a pair.

Kaulupono White was led by Casey Anacleto’s 4 points and pairs from Tianalee Apilado and Nicole Palacio.

Kelsey Cadiente scored all 14 points for the Kamikaze in the 15 Under contest.

Bristy Agu, nursing a wrapped wrist last week, undid the bandage to combine with Erin Connelly for 11 points each to lead Waimea to a 42-14 win over Island Heat in a 15 Under girls matchup. Charlyn Ortiz followed with 7 points and Paige Connelly, Erin’s younger sister, added 6 points.

Jennifer Grady topped the Island Heat scoring on 9 points followed by Shelley Tottori and Meghan Fujimoto each netting a pair.

There are no scheduled games for this entire week in the 3 G’s Nation league as two teams coached by Cecil Gee take off for a tournament on Maui while other teams take care of summer vacation business.


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