Keaukaha sweeps KYBA 17-Under invitational

Keaukaha, a team from Hilo on the Big Island, took a 52-35 win over Hanakila to sweep the Kaua‘i Youth Basketball Association Boys 17 and Under Invitational, Saturday at the Kalaheo Neighborhood Center.

Kainoa Kawaha, named to the All-Tournament team, finished with 12 points below Kamu Patnaude who finished with 16 points in its win over the younger Hanakila squad who was led by Mark Roslin netting 11 points. Kawaha finished with a game-high 16 points in its 46-33 win over Lokahi, Friday.

Ikaika Basketball, a team visiting from O‘ahu and seeded third following Friday 55-30 loss to the Kaua‘i Ballers, dropped its second straight game, Saturday, 52-49 for fourth place.

Dominique Arakaki finished with 17 points and Noa Wellbrock added 15 points for Ikaika.

Kainoa Colipano topped the Kaua‘i Ballers’ win on 17 points followed by Lance Miyashiro adding 15 points for the third place slot.

Lokahi got 15 points from Tyren Hepa and 14 points from Bryan Andres in its 59-26 Consolation win over Waimea who got 14 points from Shosho Ogawa, Ogawa’s production getting a big boost from his Friday night seven points.

Joining Kawaha on the All-Tournament team, Spam Lindsey made the cut for Lokahi, joined by Ogawa from Waimea, Miyashiro for the Kaua‘i Ballers, Matthew Cummings from Hanakila and Wellbrock from Ikaika Basketball.

Karen Matsumoto, coordinator for KYBA, said Jason Mandaquit, the Keaukaha coach as well as coach for Hilo High School, will be hosting a high school basketball tournament in December and is hoping will feature teams from each of the interscholastic districts.

Mandaquit became acquainted with Tab Matsumoto of the 18 Over H1 and 1 team during Tab’s visit to the Big Island for a tournament and invited Mandaquit to Kaua‘i for basketball.

She added that Ikaika Basketball will also be hosting an invitational basketball tournament on O‘ahu in August and will include three divisions: girls’ varsity, boys’ varsity and a 9th grade division.

Some of the KYBA Youth Summer League teams are planning on playing at this tournament, she said.


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