Extreme Termites burn the hoops

KALAHEO — Gray? The uniforms were bright orange as Papalina Gray with Coach Bryant Salmon took the floor against the Westside Boys coached by Dino Pabre on Monday night during the county’s Extreme Termite league at the Kalaheo Neighborhood Center.

Geared for young players in the fourth and fifth grade, the experience gained from playing in the Termite league showed itself as three-pointers kept Westside in the game.

Kelani Lewis fired off three shots for nine points and Josiah Delos Reyes bombed the basket with one in the final period to keep Westside in the chase in its 28-19 loss at the hands of the orange shirts.

Caden Salmon popped a trey in the final stanza for Papalina Gray, a part of Caden’s 14-point contribution to lead Papalina to its win in a game which is played in three 6-minute frames and a 16-minute second half.

Ty Pearson and Kanoa Martin contributed to the Papalina win with four points apiece. Max Pearson, Garrett Hadley and Tematahira Perreira balanced out the math on a pair each.

Lewis finished with nine points, Delos Reyes added eight points and Lokahi Delos Reyes rounded out the Westside scoring on a pair.

The remaining two games on the night’s agenda shifted to the wahine as the Westside A team was limited to just two scorers — Tavina Harris with six points, all dropping in the final stanza, and Sky Ripley adding four points — in its 20-10 loss at the hands of Kaulupono coached by Pedro Saligumba.

Liana Hasegawa led Kaulupono with 12 points with Hailey Mata, Bethany Pearl Remigio, Katelyn Constantino and Kahoopoaikai Moniz each adding pairs.

Denise Alfonso dropped 18 points to lead the Kauai Lynx to a 39-7 win over the Westside B in the final match. Xyrah Kua netted three points to lead the Westside B effort.

“We’re in the fourth week of the league,” said Bobby Kamakele, the league commissioner. “I don’t know how many kids are playing, but there are eight boys teams and six girls teams.”

The boys teams include Papalina Gray, Papalina Orange, Lihue Lakers, Westside, Kauai Thunder, Warrior Volt, Warrior Blue and the Hotshots. Girls teams include the Kauai Lynx, Rebels, Dream Team, Kaulupono, Westside A and Westside B.

League play started on April 3 and will continue through the playoffs on May 18. Most games are being contested at the Kalaheo Neighborhood Center. Games are played three times a week on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays with three games being contested starting at 6 p.m.

“Our last game is May 18,” Kamakele said. “The next night is (high school) graduation, and on Monday we start the summer league.”

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