KALAHEO — The fast-moving Hanakila teams swept their series Saturday while Team Lihue and Papalina split their matches during the county’s Division I Boys youth basketball games at the Kalaheo Neighborhood Center.
During the open game, Mare’yon Cromartie scored a game-high 16 points, including eight in the second period, to lead the Young Ballers, coached by Charlie Brown, to a 27-24 edge over the Kauai Thunder who got eight points from Matthew Rivera. Helping Cromartie, Miles Davis and McKenzie O’Day each netted four points.
On the Kauai Thunder’s court, coached by Chad Plowman, Keylan Felipe-Calapatia and Cael Aceret finished with four points to help Rivera’s lead.
Karen Matsumoto of the Kauai Youth Basketball Association, helping the county’s program with scorekeeping and officiating coordination, said the Thunder and Young Ballers match was one of free throws, the Kauai Thunder dropping seven of 27 attempts while the Young Ballers came up with seven on 26 tries.
The Lakers, with Lenny Rapozo at the helm, outscored Hanakila, coached by Philip Baclayon and Robert Demond, in the second frame, 6-4.
But the effort could not overcome the Hanakila B’s 12-6 bulge established in the first frame and the players primarily from the Hanalei and Kilauea area went on to take a 39-20 victory off the court behind the lead of Wendall Soriano who dropped a game-high 15 points.
Helping the win, Ian Correa and Rico Obar added eight and six points, respectively.
Austin Renaud led the Lakers’ effort with 10 points followed by Daniel Pa adding three marks.
On the Hanakila A court, coached by Baclayon and Dino Hawelu, the North Shore boys shared a similar fate, being outgunned by the Aloha State Warriors B, coached by Bryan Doo and Aaron Hawthorne, in the second frame, 6-5. The effort fell short as Hanakila A wrapped up a 44-22 win behind Derrick Jarquio’s lead of 17 points, the highest score of the day. Jarquio got help from Chason Hawelu dropping 12 points and Keidan Boro ending with seven points.
On the Aloha State Warriors B court, Rigo Ceron-Flores led the effort on 14 points with Jeran Paleka lending four points.
Papalina A, with Matt Taba in the coach’s box, opened up the day’s action by rolling over Team Lihue B, 40-5 behind Maka Shigematsu and Chet Pimsaguan dropping 11 and 10 points, respectively. Ridge Serraon helped the win with eight points. Dominic Agrade topped the Team Lihue B, coached by Max Manera, scoring on three points.
Michael Questin took the court for 15 points as Team Lihue C redeemed the B team’s loss, 22-20 over Papalina B. Kellen Coloma helped the edge with six points, everything dropping in the fourth period.
Damon Johnson topped the Papalina B scoring on 10 points with Hans Burkman helping with eight points.
The county’s Division I boys, made up of players in the 4th through 6th grades, next take the court today with three games on tap at the Kalaheo Neighborhood Center starting at 6 p.m.