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KAPA‘A — A three-ball in the second quarter pulled Hanakila into the lead and another three-ball in the final period sealed its 29-25 win over the Crusaders, Saturday night at the Bernice Hundley Gym in Kapa‘a.
Lexton Camat’s bomb from outside the three-point line in the second period pulled Hanakila into an 11-11 stalemate with about three minutes remaining in the first half.
Hanakila dropped nine unanswered points in the final three minutes, Camat getting five of those marks, outscoring the Crusaders, 14-2 in the period for the 20-11 lead at the half.
From that point, the Crusaders worked back behind the shooting of Dallas Ranada who netted his game-total seven points in the second half as the Crusaders outgunned Hanakila, 14-9.
But a palsy showing at the free throw line cost the Crusaders the game, the visiting Honolulu posting a one-for-eight performance, all in the second half, in the 29-25 final for the title of the Thanksgiving Classic.
Hanakila, led by the game-high 14 points posted by Camat, including a three-ball and a three-for-three showing at the charity stripe, remained undefeated over the three-day tournament.
Christian Raza, putting in the first four points of the game for Hanakila, to the delight of its Youn Guns fans, finished with 11 points, including the game-sealing three-ball at the end. Triston Hawelu and Jacob Dykehouse each added pairs in the win.
Mana Kaulukaau topped the Crusader scoring with eight points, all coming in the first frame, including a three-ball to answer Raza’s opening bucket. Following Ranada, Ejay Kuakini, Napolena Napalapala and Alena Kapoi each added four points in the effort.
Kai Lewis put four of his game-total eight points in the final period to lead Papalina to a 30-26 win over Westside for the third place title despite the Westside rallying to a 10-6 final period showing behind Irish P. posting eight of his game-total 10 points in the final period, including two three-balls.
Jonah Howard, hustling throughout the Papalina performance, finished with nine points in the win, Lewis and Daniel Fee each adding eight points for the third place victory.
Following those games, Hanakila coach Phil Baclayon, coordinator for the tournament, said Team Central filled in fifth place following its 36-11 win over the Hanakila Youn Guns and the veteran Kalulupono girls clinched the girls crown with a 53-17 win over the Hanakila girls.
Following this tournament, Baclayon switches to his Kapa‘a High School coaching cap, hosting the school’s Green and White game today with the Junior Varsity tipping off at 5:30 p.m. and the varsity boys starting at 7:30 p.m.
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