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KALAHEO — A win by a digit and a tie offered spectators a thrill, Tuesday night when the county’s Division 1, or boys in the third and fourth grade, hit the hardwood at the Kalaheo Neighborhood Center.
Barak Aviguetero fired off a game-high 15 points and Harley Ragasa dropped a pair to lead Westside Basketball to a 17-16 edge over the Supersonics.
Mayson Broyles took the lead for the Supersonics, firing off nine points with Aden Ringor adding five points and Kylan Constantino ending with a pair.
The Supersonics came from a 2-2 opening stanza to take the lead 7-5 at the end of two periods, but Westside answered with a 5-2 run in the third frame for the 10-9 edge.
The Supersonics answered back with a combined seven points in the fourth and fifth stanzas while limiting Westside to just a digit over two periods for the 16-11 lead entering the final period. The Westside ruled the final frame, 6-0 for the win.
Chet Pimsaguan, winning the home run derby for 8 and 9 year olds at the Kaua‘i Pinto Tournament, came back and topped the Papalina scoring along with Luke Hunadi in Papalina’s 19-19 stalemate with Hanakila, a team comprised of boys from the Hanalei-Kilauea area.
With Pimsaguan and Hunadi combining for 16 points, Ridge Serraon added a pair and Cole Taba finished with a digit.
Kala Rall topped the scoring for the Hanakila team coached by Dave Simon. Brandon Murata and Akela Gagnon-Nu‘uhiwa each dropped four points, Kawai Apana ended with three marks and Chanson Inanod-Hawelu added a pair.
Hanakila, holding a lead through four periods, could not stop the comeback by Papalina in the fifth and sixth periods when Papalina outgunned Hanakila 11-7 for the tie.
Karen Matsumoto of the Kaua‘i Youth Basketball Association who helps the county’s Department of Parks and Recreation with the game officials and the scoring table, said Division 1 rules are slightly different for the players.
Some of the differences include a double bonus on the sixth personal foul, a 15-point mercy ruling where a “No Press” takes effect.
Players play for six six-minute periods using a smaller 27.5-inch ball.
The Division 2, boys in the fifth and sixth grades, games hit the floor Thursday at the Kalaheo Neighborhood Center when Eastside opens against Team Central at 6 p.m. followed by Hanakila taking on Hanapepe starting at 7 p.m.
Six games, including two Division 1 boys, two Division 2 boys, and a pair of girls’ games take place Saturday at the Kalaheo Neighborhood Center starting at 9 a.m.
There is no admission charge to watch the developing basketball players in action.
• Dennis Fujimoto, photographer and staff writer, can be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 253) or dfujimoto@ thegardenisland.com.
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