James Flores fired a game-high 25 points and Micah Bermoy added 10 points to lead GoEZ to a 59-54 edge over H1 and 1, Saturday night at the Kalaheo Neighborhood Center.
Entering the Men 18 and Over match, both teams were undefeated in Summer Youth Basketball League play, but despite the strong showing by Tab Matsumoto who netted 21 points and Trent Thompson adding 15 points, H1 and 1 came up short, marking its first loss in the league.
Earlier, Bryan Andres, making a mark for Lokahi in the consolation matchup in the 17 and Under Invitation, came back with a dozen points, joining Kiah Imai for another dozen points in leading Manny’s Sports to a 63-42 win over the Warriors who got 11 points from Brandon Wong and 10 points from Randy Vicoy.
The spirited play, enhanced by the strong cheering from both teams’ fan base, between Westside Pride and Tropang-L was settled by Tropang-L taking a 75-49 win, led by Jame Badua pocketing 16 points and Jr. Punzalan adding 15 points.
Gayrald Matias led the Westside effort with 13 points followed by Reynante Villanueva and Noah Foote each adding a dozen marks.
Kainoa Colipano, leading the Kaua‘i Ballers in the 17 and Under Invitational earlier in the day, came back to join Willis Batol in pocketing 16 points apiece in the Kaua‘i Ballers’ 77-54 showing over GEK in the nightcap of the Mens 18 and Over league hosted by the Kaua‘i Youth Basketball Association and the County of Kaua‘i.
Chester Dikilato and Lance Miyashiro added 15 and 13 points, respectively in the Kaua‘i Ballers’ win.
Calsen Agrade topped the GEK scoring with 11 points followed by Hans Reeves and Aaron Hesapene each pocketing 10 points.
Five games, two at the Kalaheo Neighborhood Center and three at the Bernice Hundley Gym in Kapa‘a, are on tap for Tuesday when the KYBA and county host two Boys 12 Under games at Kalaheo and three Girls 12 Under games in Kapa‘a.
The Kaua‘i Ballers open against Team Lihu‘e at 6 p.m. followed by the Westside Basketball taking on Hanakila at 7 p.m. in Kalaheo.
The Hanakila girls will host Kaulupono-Blue in the opener of the Girls 12 Under at 6 p.m. followed by Team Lihu‘e going up against the Kaua‘i Ballers at 7 p.m. Kaulupono-White goes up against the Kamikaze in the 8 p.m. nightcap at Kapa‘a High School.
• Dennis Fujimoto, photographer and staff writer, can be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 253) or dfujimoto@ thegardenisland.com.