Hanakila boys take home 14 and Under Championship

KILAUEA — Christian Roslin was the Most Valuable Player, and Matthew Cummings had a stellar night for Hanakila, Tuesday night at the Kilauea Neighborhood Center.

Although Roslin just drained four points, he was key to moving the ball for the Hanakila Boys Under 14, joining with Lexton Camat who finished the night with seven points against the Kaua‘i Ballers in the title match for the Boys 14 and Under division in the Kaua‘i Youth Summer Basketball league.

“This is the Kapa‘a High School team,” said John Kaneholani, a Kapa‘a coach and on the coaching staff for Hanakila. “Boys from both teams end up playing at Kapa‘a.”

Cummings, the low man inside, topped the Hanakila win 20 points before moving on to play for the Hanakila squad in a Men 18 and Over match up. He finished with 17 points in that 86-61 loss to GoEZ.

The Kaua‘i Ballers, playing active and intense ball throughout, got its break in the third quarter when Hanakila gave up seven points in the final 14 seconds of the frame to the Ballers.

Up to that point, Hanakila had built up a 10-point lead, but saw the margin close to within three points as the buzzer sounded on a 31-28 lead.

Willo Batol, finishing the night with five second-half points, fired one of two three-point bombs along with Keli‘i Colipano, ending the night with a team-high eight points, to lead the Ballers to a 13-12 quarter.

But Hanakila came back to build up its lead to the 48-32 final and the title.

James Stevens, another of the Hanakila tall men, posted eight points, Camat and Jackson McCullough each added seven points, Camat’s points dropping in the fourth period and McCullough netting three field goals in the final frame when Hanakila outgunned the Ballers, 17-4.

Roslin’s four and a pair from Denmark Aladin rounded out the win.

Following Colipano’s lead, Wheeler Batol added six points, Willo Batol finished with five, and Michael Booth added four for the Kaua‘i Ballers’ leaderboard.

Earlier in the evening, Kelvin Ganotisi and Jordan Florence tucked away 14 and 13 points, respectively, to lead Team Lihu‘e to a 73-27 showing over the West Kaua‘i Hornets for third place honors in the Boys 14 and Under division.

Seaton Farias topped the Hornets’ scoring with 11 points, including three from outside the three-point arc, the Hornets again fielding just five players who went the distance in the effort and getting enthusiastic support from its fan base on each score.

King Angelo Blanes, motoring down the court on each possession, finished with 10 points, including two crowd-pleasing three-balls, and Timmy Erakdrik added six points.

Ian Khan netted a game-high 33 points to lead Go EZ, limited to just five players, to its win over Hanakila, Jared Auna adding 18 points to keep Go EZ’s record unblemished.

Following Cummings’ 17 points, Bryson Nacapuy added nine points.

Three games are on tap, all Men 18 and Over, Friday night at the Kalaheo Neighborhood Center starting at 6:30 p.m. when the Westside Pride go up against the Kaua‘i Ballers.

The Warriors meet H1 and 1 starting at 7:30 p.m. and GEK faces Manny’s Sports starting at 8:30 p.m.

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