KALAHEO — Team Lihue, Division 3 boys, used balanced scoring to keep the Yungballers at bay Monday night during the summer basketball league coordinated by Kaulupono Basketball at the Kalaheo Neighborhood Center.
Pono Carvalho worked both ends of the ball and finished with eight points to lead Team Lihue to a 44-23 win over the Yungballers. He got help from Iverson Corpuz (7 points), Syrus Delos Reyes (6 points), Marique Manera (5 points) and Bryden Ibaan (5 points) in the win.
Miles Davis led the Yungballers which featured tiny players Charles Brown III and Angelito Anagaala, Jr. trying to match the height of the tall Team Lihue defenders. Brown finished with a pair in the second half after being forced to fire from the outside.
Miles Davis led the Yungballers effort with six points, getting help from Amareyon Cromartie, Jeff Aradic and Jericho Alupay who each netted four points.
The game was one of four being played in the third week of the season which launched in early June, said Bobby Kamakele, the Kaulupono coordinator.
“We have 11 girls teams and 16 boys teams in the league made up of students starting in grade 4,” Kamakele said. “This week will be short because of the Merv Lopes tournament which starts Thursday. We have some teams in the league which will be playing in the tournament.”
The summer youth basketball league normally plays on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays at the Kalaheo Neighborhood Center. The contesting of the Merv Lopes means the next summer league games will tip off at 6 p.m. on Monday.
“We were supposed to play at the Kapaa High School gym,” said John Kaneholani, the coach of Kanu, a Boys Division 4 team. “But the Bernice Hundley Gym is getting a new floor so they moved our game so we had one game early, and the Kanu plays the last game against Team Lihue, Division 4.”
Kapaa division 2, or students in grades 8 and 9, handled Papalina, 43-33 in the opening game which was moved up by 30 minutes to enable four games to play.
Ridge Serraon fired off a three-ball in the waning seconds to cap a 21-12 Papalina victory over the Supersonics in the second of four games contested. Serraon finished the night with nine points, including the trey, followed by Ty Tsukayama who adding six points, Gregory Manintin who got four points and Nakoa Andrade rounding out the effort with a pair.
Aysen Kauahi topped the Supersonics’ effort with six points, followed by Brayden Heu-Greenbaum, Nalu Hookano and Clarenz Ringor each netting pairs.
In the nightcap, Kanu was a 17-15 winner over Team Lihue, Division 3.