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Sheryl Ann Tomas pocketed 12 points and Sandrea Chung added 10 points to lead the Kamikaze to its second win, 32-18, over the Kaua‘i Ballers on Saturday as the county wrapped up its first week of the youth winter basketball league for students in grades 6 through 8 at the Kalaheo Neighborhood Center.
Ashley Lucas sizzled the twine for 21 points and Brandee Burton added eight points to lead Team Lihu‘e to a one-point edge, 37-36, over Kaulupono who got nine points from Jasmine Santella in the second girls’ match-up.
“Team Lihu‘e’s shots were dropping,” said Bobby Kamakele, coach for Kaulupono. “Monday night, Team Lihu‘e wasn’t making their shots against the Kamikaze, but that changed yesterday.”
The results have the Kamikaze with a 2-0 record with Kaulupono and Team Lihu‘e at 1-1. And the Kaua‘i Ballers, getting eight points on Sam Coloma and six points from Kunani Tuttle in its effort against the Kamikaze, are looking for their first win.
Karen Matsumoto of the Kaua‘i Youth Basketball Association, helping the county man the game officials and scoring table, said the Kaua‘i Ballers’ girls team had no bench after one of its members was injured in Monday night’s opener.
Matsumoto said the injured player was on hand with a full-arm cast, but despite the setback, coach Willy Aki demonstrated a “stay positive and upbeat” attitude with his team.
The Kaua‘i Ballers’ boys team redeemed the girls’ loss. Willo Batol, whose older brother Willis drives the Kapa‘a High School varsity boys team, equaled Lucas’ performance, netting a game-high 21 points to lead the Kaua‘i Ballers to a 56-32 showing over Papalina-Orange who got 10 points from Jonah Howard and eight points from Noah Sasil.
Thomas Yam, whose older sister plays for the Kapa‘a High School junior varsity squad along with Maile Tuttle, the older sister of Kunani Tuttle, added 10 points to the Kaua‘i Ballers’ boys team victory.
Braden Armstrong finished with 14 points and Daniel Fee added 11 points to lead Papalina-Blue to a 36-30 win over Team Central A who got 10 points from Marty Lucierna and nine marks from Kaimi Texeira.
Marty Lucierna was joined by Michael Dasalia to lead Team Central A to a 35-28 edge over Papalina-Orange, Jeremiah Sanchez and Howard leading the effort with eight and seven points, respectively, when the teams met Tuesday night in the boys’ opener.
Fee ended Tuesday night with seven points and Seaton Farias netted nine points in Papalina-Blue’s 38-25 loss to Team Central B, Tuesday night in Kalaheo. Mark Lacierna led the Team Central B win with a dozen points followed by Branden Remigio adding 10 points.
The league takes a break for the Martin Luther King holiday and resumes play Tuesday at the Kalaheo Neighborhood Center when Lepo Ula tangles with Westside in a 6 p.m. tipoff, followed by Team Lihu‘e meeting Team Central B starting at 7 p.m.
Thursday night, Hanakila opens against Papalina-Blue starting at 6 p.m. at the Kalaheo Neighborhood Center, followed by Lepo Ula taking on Team Lihu‘e at 7 p.m.
There are four girls teams and nine boys teams in the league. The girls’ next meeting is on Saturday when the Kamikaze will attempt to keep its record intact against Kaulupono at 9 a.m. Team Lihu‘e goes up against the Kaua‘i Ballers’ girls at 10 a.m.
Westside will take on Team Central A at the Kilauea Neighborhood Center starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, followed by Hanakila hosting the Kaua‘i Ballers’ boys starting at 11 a.m.
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