Hanakila Boys earn top seed

KILAUEA — Triston Hawelu-Inanod and Brayson Camat combined for six fourth-quarter points to break a 26-26 deadlock and lead Hanakila to a 32-29 win over Team Lihu‘e X, Tuesday night at the Kilauea Neighborhood Center.

Hawelu-Inanod finished with a game-high 16 points to lead the Hanakila Boys 12 and Under team to a top seed in the Kaua‘i Youth Summer Basketball league.

Michael Dasalla and Marty Lacierna topped the Team Lihu‘e X effort with 13 and eight points, respectively.

The win gives the Hanakila boys top seeding in the standings followed by Team Lihu‘e X as the No. 2 seed.

China Yasay erupted for eight point en route to a game-total of 17 to pull Kaulupono-White from a four-point halftime deficit to a 31-27 win over the Hanakila girls at the Kalaheo Neighborhood Center.

Kaulupono-White got help from the Hanakila squad as its taller girls, Kaylor Hermosura and Keani Tolenoa, fouled out in the third frame.

Teagan Keep helped Yasay’s lead with seven points, giving Kaulupono-White the fourth seed in the Girls 12 and Under standings.

Jaliyah Casem and Tolenoa topped the Hanakila girls’ scoring with 10 and eight points, respectively.

Earlier in the evening in Kilauea, Briggs Agu finished with a game-high 19 points and masterful control of the court to lead Westside Basketball to a 39-30 win over the Kaua‘i Ballers who, despite having just five players, managed a late-game comeback led by Hunter Bethel who finished by leading the yellowshirts with 14 points.

Tajh Mapuhi netted 12 points to lead the scrappy Team Lihu‘e to a 33-9 showing over the West Kaua‘i Hornets who got four points from Bryan Ingeniero.

Erin Connelly finished with 13 points before fouling out, that production leading Team 808 to a 57-44 win over BAM in one of two Women 18 and Over matches played in Kalaheo.

Kristle Henry added a dozen points behind Connelly for the Team 808 win.

Natalie Mata, coaching the Kaulupono squads when not playing, topped the BAM scoring with a game-high 15 points followed by Sanoe Kaohelauli‘i adding six points.

Cissy Dennis, a name from the archives of the Kaua‘i High School program, set the pace for the SHAKERS with nine points in its 50-38 win over TUNDAZ in the Kalaheo nightcap.

Ashley Mier and Farren Higley added eight points each and Robyn Ho‘opi‘i-Manuel finished with seven points in the balanced SHAKERS’ offense.

Belinda Butac ended with a game-high 13 points in the TUNDAZ’s effort followed by Marycel Garcia adding six points.

The Kaua‘i Youth Basketball Association will be hosting a team from Makawao, Maui, during the 8th Annual KYBA Invitational Basketball Tournament for Girls 14 and Under starting Friday through Sunday at the Kalaheo Neighborhood Center.

Karen Matsumoto said due to a number of reasons, there is only one off-island team this year and Maui will make its debut Friday night against Team Lihu‘e following the Kaulupono and Kaua‘i Ballers’ match.

There is no admission fee and the first game tips off at 6 p.m.


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