Yadao’s charity shot gives Papalina-Orange OT win

Taylon Yadao dropped a free throw in overtime to push Papalina-Orange to a 23-22 edge over Westside Basketball on Tuesday night at the Kalaheo Neighborhood Center.

Yadao finished with a game-high 17 points, including three critical free throws in overtime to lead the Papalina-Orange offense in the county’s Division II boys youth basketball for students in grades 4 through 6.

Karen Matsumoto of the Kaua‘i Youth Basketball Association, assisting the county with field officials and the scorer’s table, said the game went into overtime when both teams were deadlocked 20-20 at the end of six periods.

Both teams jockeyed back and forth in an effort to gain the three points needed to win in overtime based on the league’s rules.

Westside Basketball tried to preserve its unblemished record by capitalizing on the double bonus situation because Papalina-Orange had more than 10 fouls.

D.J. Padre was fouled and dropped both ends of a one-and-one from the line to give Westside a 22-20 lead. But another foul by Papalina-Orange looked like it would end when T.J. Apilado took the line for a charity pair, the shooter being fouled in the act of shooting.

However, both shots came up empty, Papalina-Orange getting its shot when Yadao knotted the game by dropping both ends of a one-and-one.

Another foul sent him to the line for the third point for the win.

Pabre topped the Westside Basketball effort with 11 points.

Earlier in the evening, Leeon Runny dropped 10 points and Tokyo Beti added nine points to lead the Lihu‘e Kamikaze to a 30-10 win over the Team Lihu‘e Heat who got five marks from Kekoa Wehner.

The boys round out the week with two games tonight at the Kalaheo Neighborhood Center starting at 6 p.m. before heading into the Prince Kuhio weekend, when the county’s youth basketball league games are on hold so the league players can capitalize on the Dennis Agena and Kalakaua Basketball clinic starting Saturday at the Kilauea Neighborhood Center.

The three-day clinic has about 70 youth registered and a lot of the basketball coaches as well as Brandon Palacio, a Waimea High School player, coming out to assist Agena, Matsumoto said.

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