Komar’s OT bucket fuels Kamikaze win

KALAHEO — Takeshi Komar scored only three points, but two of those three points broke a 16-16 deadlock to win the game for the Kamikaze Monday at the Kalaheo Neighborhood Center.

The Kamikaze, with coach Keven Hanano at the helm, celebrated an 18-16 win over Team Lihu‘e at the buzzer in overtime as the county’s Department of Parks and Recreation opened its Youth Basketball League with a pair of games featuring Boys Division 2, or Grades 5 and 6.

Earlier, David Pascua, leading the Team Lihu‘e scoring with seven points, fired off a three-ball with just seven seconds showing in regulation to force the overtime.

This was one of two treys, or shots made from outside the three-point line, celebrated by Team Lihu‘e, the other trey coming from Chace Baliaris in the fourth period, his only score in the game.

Helping the Team Lihu‘e effort, Triton Lombardo added a pair in the third period, Kekoa Wehner added a pair in the fifth period with Tanner Bentley and Bryden Ibaan each contributing a digit.

The Kamikaze did not mark any treys, but instead, plugged away, pulling away from a 5-4 halftime deficit to outgun Team Lihu‘e, 7-3 in the third period behind four points from Ben Brady and a bucket from Kyson Ikehara.

But the see-saw battle continued into the fourth frame when Team Lihu‘e, behind buckets from Pascua and Wehner, outshot the Kamikaze, 5-2.

Dalson Cua was the top gun for the Kamikaze, finishing with five points followed by Brady and Ikehara ending with four points apiece. Komar added three, including the game-winning pair at the overtime buzzer, and a pair from Kaed Esposo rounded out the math.

Nick Herbig marked nine points, including seven in the first half, to lead Papalina to a 29-13 win over the Hanapepe Bomb Squaud.

Trey Taba added eight points, including a three-ball in the third period, Isahn Ulanday finished with four points, Caelen Nakato and Kyle Bisarra each added treys in the opening frame and a pair from Karter Kester rounded out the victory.

Tai Ofisa, a key boarder for the Bomb Squaud, finished with five points to lead Hanapepe’s scoring. He got help from Deegan Davis netting a three-ball, Naikoa Simano and Lacin Montemayor each finishing with a pair.

The Boys Division 2 take the floor Thursday night at the Kalaheo Neighborhood Center when Team Central takes on Hanakila, a team comprised of boys from the Hanalei to Kilauea area, starting at 6 p.m. Team Lihu‘e will host Eastside starting at 7 p.m.

• Dennis Fujimoto, photographer and staff writer, can be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 253) or dfujimoto@ thegardenisland.com.


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