Nail-biter showcased competition

KAPA‘A — James Paik drilled a three-ball with just a breath remaining to bring Hanakila to a 51-49 win over Westside Pride Tuesday night, opening the trio of games in the Men’s 18 and Over basketball league at the Bernice Hundley Gym.

Staying close throughout, Hanakila pulled out to just a seven-point lead which quickly closed and both teams battled throughout the night.

With just 3.1 seconds on the clock, Westside Pride’s Renante Villanueva broke a 48-48 deadlock, dropping the front end of a charity pair.

Hanakila called a time out and on the inbound, Paik launched his game-ending missile from the corner at the buzzer.

Paik finished with high-point honors, ending the night with three treys, the final one pulling Hanakila from a 49-48 deficit to victory.

Angelito Roslin finished with 13 points, including a three-ball in the opening quarter, which helped him to nine points in the half and a perfect four-for-four at the charity stripe in the second half.

Brison Nacapuy ended with nine points, including two third quarter three-balls and Mark Roslin finished with five second-half points. Kalalea Kauhane got all his three points in the third quarter, James Stevens finished with four points and a digit from Christian Roslin rounded out the win.

The win was costly, though, as Hanakila coach Phil Baclayon went down with an ankle injury in the second half, getting tended to by Kapa‘a High School trainer Sam Henriques who had just finished football training.

John Michael Sagucio topped Westside Pride scoring with 13 points, including a last-period trey followed by Reynante Villanueva spacing his 10 points through four quarters. Donato Villanueva, Gaylard Matias and Jamely Balaan each added six points, Jace Delos Reyes ended with three, Calvin Threat and Kaili Smith each added pairs and a digit from Joey Diaz rounded out the effort.

In the second competitive matchup of the night, Kaina Makua ended with a game-high 20 points to lead the Ramblas to a 61-59 edge over the Kaua‘i Ballers, who got 15 points from Noa Colipano, a Kapa‘a High School standout.

Brendan McDaniels and Ian Clements joined Makua with 16 and 12 points, respectively, in the effort while Lance Miyashiro and willis Batol, both Kapa‘a standouts, ended with 14 and 11 G.E.K. win on 19 points as the Westside team finished with a 52-50 edge over Manny’s Sports in the third highly contested game.

Spam Lindsey and Manny Pescador topped the Manny’s Sports effort on 18 and 11 points, respectively.

Mike Sanders joined Hesapene with 17 points for the G.E.K. win.

The next Men’s 18 and Over games will play Friday night at the Kalaheo Neighborhood Center with the first game starting at 6 p.m.

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