KALAHEO — The Kaua‘i Ballers had the lead or were tied through three quarters before falling 52-49 to the Supa Stars Friday night at the Kalaheo Neighborhood Center in the Men’s 18 and Over basketball league.
Opening just last week, former Kapa‘a High School players Willis Batol and Lance Miyashiro set the pace for the Kaua‘i Ballers, Batol nailing three treys, two in the opening quarter and one in the fourth before coming up short. He finished with a game-high 17 points followed by Miyashiro adding 10 points.
Dustin Dillberg and Darren Takashima set the pace for the Supa Stars with 14 and 13 points, respectively, the Supa Stars trailing 16-13 after the opening quarter, but knotting the game 25-25 at the half following a 12-9 second quarter.
With the Kaua‘i Ballers leading 41-39 after three, the Supa Stars outgunned the Ballers 13-8 in the final frame for the winning edge.
Silas Tacsiat is home from college and set the pace for Notorious with 10 points with Matt Palaroan adding nine points for a 33-32 edge in what Karen Matsumoto of the Kaua‘i Youth Basketball Association described as “fierce competition” against Hanakila in the second of three games.
Kalalea Kauhane ended with nine points to set the pace for Hanakila followed by Koa Baclayon, Christian Roslin and Brison Nacapuy, each adding six points.
“The game between Notorious and Hanakila was interesting,” Matsumoto said. “With only six on their respective benches, Coach Roger and Coach Philip put in some playing time to help fill in for their teams. Up to the final buzzer, the competition was fierce.”
Jr. Punzalan nailed a game-high 21 points, including four threes, three field goals and ending three-for-four at the charity line to lead Tropang L to a 54-36 win over Westside Pride in the nightcap.
James Badua added 16 points, including seven buckets and two-for-four at the foul line for the victory.
Jace Delos Reyes and John Michael Sagucio led the Westside Pride effort with eight and seven points, respectively.
The league’s next game is Tuesday night in Kapa‘a.