KALAHEO — With just seconds remaining in the fourth period, Team Lihue B’s Syrus Delos Reyes launched a bucket in traffic, igniting a stand filled with fans, Monday night during the county’s boys Division I youth basketball games at the Kalaheo Neighborhood Center.
Among those cheering, Aloha State Warriors B coach Aaron Hawthorne enthusiastically clapped his hands in harmony with the fans.
“We cheer for everybody,” Hawthorne said. “It’s about playing basketball.”
Delos Reyes’ bucket kept Team Lihue B from getting blanked in the frame, but the effort fell short as the Aloha State Warriors B took a 27-5 win off the floor.
Joining Delos Reyes, Dominic Agrade launched a ball from outside the 3-point arc in the opening period.
Rigo Ceron-Flores topped the Aloha State Warriors B scoring with 16 points followed by Tyler Hawthorne, who added five points in the win.
Charlie Brown coached the Young Ballers from the opening tipoff, his voice keeping the purple-shirted youngsters working until the end of the 72-22 defeat at the hands of Hanakila A in the second of three games.
“I had to apologize for the score,” said Hanakila A coach Phil Baclayon. “But he said, ‘It is what it is.’”
Chanson Hawelu ran the floor from the opening tipoff, finishing with an evening-high 23 points to lead Hanakila A. He got help from Derrick Jarquio, who put in 12 points, including a pair of treys in the game peppered with 3-pointers.
Besides Jarquio, Hanakila netted six treys, including one from Hawelu, two from Kala Rall and one from Nahoa Davis.
The Young Ballers were no strangers to the trey, launching three in the effort, including two from Mare-yon Cromartie, who ended topping the Young Ballers scoring with 12 points.
Miles Davis helped the effort with seven points, and Randell Fernandez had the third trey, his sole score of the game.
Xaerys Dela Cruz finished with 13 points, Micah Agtunong added 10 points and Cameron Booth scored eight points to lead Team Central to a 50-5 win over Papalina B in the nightcap.
Hans Burkman finished with three points and Damon Johnson added a pair for the Papalina effort.
The county’s Division I boys, or players in the fourth through sixth grades, take the floor Thursday at the Kalaheo Neighborhood Center with three games on tap starting at 6 p.m.