Youth hoops roundup: Team Lihue drops a pair

KALAHEO — Matthew Rivera put in a evening-high 14 points and Keylan Felipe-Calapatia added seven to lead the Kauai Thunder to a 35-18 win over Team Lihue C Monday night at the Kalaheo Neighborhood Center.

Michael Questin led the Team Lihue C effort with a dozen points during the county’s Division I boys basketball games for players in the fourth through sixth grades.

“Almost all, if not all, of the boys have never played basketball before,” said Team Lihue coach Max Manera. “They are football players who played for Coach Nardo and the Lihue Patriots Mitey Mite Pop Warner team. Coach Nardo wants to keep them together so they’re playing basketball now.”

Manera said the bright spot for the Team Lihue C was its win on Saturday.

– The other Team Lihue, the A team, was defeated by the fast-moving Hanakila A team, comprised of players primarily from the Hanalei and Kilauea area, 41-21.

Chanson Hawelu led Hanakila A with 10 points. Keidan Hashimoto-Boro added nine points with Nahoa Davis and Kawai Apana dropping six points apiece in the win.

Michael Navarro topped the Team Lihue A effort with a game-high 11 points followed by Kaisen Rapozo and Jonathan Mostoles who added four points each.

– In the nightcap, Damon Johnson finished with seven points to lead Papalina B to a 13-5 win over the Lakers. Isaac Plascencia, Joey Sams and Hans Burkman each dropped a pair.

Austin Renaud bucketed three points and Kelsen Rapozo added a pair for the Lakers.

The county’s youth basketball league for Division I boys continues Thursday with three games on tap at the Kalaheo Neighborhood Center starting at 6 p.m.

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