Matsumoto, treys lead Kings to 18 over title

KAPAA — Tab Matsumoto scored 33 points to lead the Kings to a 91-62 win over the Wreckers Friday night.

The win gaves The Kings, who are undefeated in the 18 and over men’s league, the season’s title at the Bernice Hundley Gym at Kapaa High School.

Earlier in the evening, Reynante Villanueva netted 16 points, including three of the team’s six treys to lead Westside Pride to a 43-37 win over the Kauai Athletic Club for third place in the Kauai Youth Basketball Association summer league.

“I was hitting early, but Reynante is the man,” said Desmond Moniz who triggered two of the six treys, both in the first half.

Keven Hanano fired off the sixth trey in the third quarter en route to his game-total five points, all dropping in the second half.

Following Villanueva, Kainalu Simao dropped eight of his 11 points in the first half, Moniz added six, Hanano and Jeff Kataoka each finished with five points.

Kauai Athletic Club used the three-ball to stay close, Bradley Coloma, getting high-point honors with 15 points, launching three of the team’s seven treys.

Nate Smith, who finished with nine points, fired a three-ball opening quarter, and Darin Millard, ending with six points, both on three-balls launched in the final frame.

David Kanoho finished with four points and Greg Ragsac launched a trey in the final period for his three points.

During the championship game, more treys rained in Kapaa as the Kings finished with 11 bombs from outside the three-point arc while the Wreckage added 10 treys.

The difference came in the field goals as the Kings notched 20 buckets to the Wreackage’s 11.

“I had a terrible night,” said John Patch of the Wreckage. “I haven’t played this bad since I was seven years old.”

He finished with just three points from the charity stripe.

Jordan Flores topped the Wreckage scoring with 16 points, including four three-balls, three dropping in the third quarter.

Kaleo Cummings nailed one trey toward his 10 points.

Jake  Pasion and Randy Vicoy each added eight points, Vicoy nailing two treys in the first half. Jason Poe-Hooikaika finished with two treys followed by Austin Rosa ending with four points. Petey Rubio and Patch ended with three, with Johnny Hooikaika and Kalani Poe-Hooikaika getting second-half pairs.

Following Matsumoto who posted 25 of his 33 points in the first half, Ryan Merkle added 15 points, including two treys, Lance Miyashiro finished with 13 points, including one three-ball, and Alefaio Brewer tallied 12 points, including two second-half treys.

• Dennis Fujimoto, staff writer and photographer, can be reached at 245-0453 or dfujimoto@thegardenisland.com.

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