Maui returns to defend U14 title July 1-3

A Maui girls 14 and Under team will play in the 8th Annual Kaua‘i Youth Basketball Association Invitational Basketball Tournament, July 1 through 3 at the Kalaheo Neighborhood Center.

Karen Matsumoto, KYBA coordinator, said due to a number of different reasons, only four teams are entered in the tournament this year.

This prompted the KYBA officials to host the tournament in a round robin format with each team playing the other at least once for three games. The tournament winner will be determined by best win-loss record.

In the event of a tie, the sequenced method of tie breaking will be head-to-head, the team winning the head-to-head competition being declared the winner.

The second method will be the lowest total points allowed and the third method will be the team with the highest point total getting the nod.

Kaulupono, a team coached by Bobby Kamakele and Pedro Saligumba out of Kaua‘i’s Westside, will open against the Kaua‘i Ballers, a team coached by Willy Aki based out of Kaua‘i’s Eastside at 6 p.m., July 1.

Team Lihu‘e, a Lihu‘e-based team coached by Max Manera, will take on Maui, a team coming out of Kalama Hills, Makawao, Maui, and coached by Donald Shepherd and his daughter Danielle starting at 7 p.m., July 1.

Team Lihu‘e takes on Kaulupono starting at 9 a.m., July 2 followed by Maui taking on the Kaua‘i Ballers at 10 a.m.

July 3 action will have the Kaua‘i Ballers taking on Team Lihu‘e starting at 9 a.m. followed by Kaulupono going up against Maui starting at 10 a.m.

Matsumoto said Maui has participated in several of the KYBA tournaments over the past four years and will be returning to defend their title.

There are eight girls on the roster, ages 11 through 14, Matsumoto said.

There is no admission fee to watch the competition.


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