Papalina upsets Lihu‘e for 13U title

KILAUEA — Second-seeded Papalina upset Lihu‘e 38-37 to capture the title in the Boys 13 Under division, Wednesday night at the Kilauea Neighborhood Center.

That game was one of three thrillers that saw the margin of victory stay within two points as Hanakila locked up third place in the Boys 13 Under division with a 40-39 edge over the Gee Unit.

In the third contest, a Boys 15 Under division contest, Team Central edged out the Westside 39-37 in overtime as Team Central outgunned the Westside 6-4 in the extra frame.

Kerwin Morano finished with a game-high 19 points to lead top-seeded Lihu‘e in the 13 Under title match, and Kameron Perez netted 10 points.

But Papalina answered with Trey Aguano chalking up a dozen points with strong support from Tystin Gummerus and Kelsen Andrade chipping in 9 and 8 points, respectively.

Below the leaders, Lihu‘e got 4 points each from Kellen Aquino and Micah Hanano while Papalina rounded out its showing with a pair from its No. 3-low post Vaughn Thompson and guard Kainoa Simao.

Similarly, Donovan Harrison finished with a game-high 20 points in a Gee Unit effort that came up a point short as Hanakila’s strong overall team showing got 13 points from big man Marlon Cudiamat and 9 points from its versatile utility Kelii Koa Baclayon who finished with 9 points.

James Paik continued the support with 5 points.

Following Harrison, Gee was able to mark 8 points from Mikal Morenz.

Tyren Hepa led the victorious Team Central with a game-high 15 points including 4 points in the overtime. Jimar Domingo added 10 points followed by Makana Ledezma, netting a pair in OT, finishing with 7 points.

Westside’s big man, Brandon Palacio was held to just a digit in OT, but finished with 9 points and Ariel Lahip added 8 points to pace the Westside effort.

Chase Parongao led the Westside OT shooting with a pair, finishing with 6 points.

The 3 G’s Nation basketball league finishes its summer season with two marathon sessions starting tomorrow with eight games on tap at the Kapa‘a High School Gym starting at 9 a.m.

Next Saturday, the league closes its season at the Kilauea Neighborhood Center with a marathon schedule of 10 games starting at 8 a.m.

There will be no weekday games next week due to the opening of school.

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