KALAHEO — Syrus Delos Reyes peeled off 13 points and Elijah Lautej added 12 point to lead the Team Lihue Warriors to a 45-24 win over the Supersonics, Tuesday night in the only sixth grade boys match scheduled in the youth summer basketball league at the Kalaheo Neighborhood Center.
Lautej led the Warriors off the starting horn, firing of 10 of his game-total dozen in the first half as Team Lihue established itself 16-8 at the break. Delos Reyes was held to just four marks and Justin Gummerus made up the difference in the opening half.
With the Warriors comfortably in control, the yellowshirts added three bombs from outside the three-point arc in the second half when Kaikoa Carvalho-Kai‘ilau launched two, his only scores, and Gummerus punched one toward his game-total seven points.
Jeremiah Harper led the Supersonics 6B effort on eight points followed by John Raindell Fernandez, Kaina Hasegawa, and Lindcey Constantino each adding four points. A pair from Raysen Jarquio completed the effort.
Mary Joy Angala may not be the biggest player on the court for the girls sixth grade division.
Her antics for the Westside A girls, however, were gigantic as the petite point guard slipped through the taller girls of the Dream Team on offense. On defense, her court sense had her in the right places to generate a number of turnovers from the Dream greenshirts.
“That’s my neice,” said Fran Constantino, coach for the Supersonics and a coach with Kaulupono 6G. “She likes to play basketball in Honolulu where she plays co-ed with players much taller than her. She’s spending the summer here and wanted to play ball, too.”
Angala’s unspoken deeds added a point to the Westside A effort who fell to the Dream Team, 34-24.
Lele Gonsalves topped the Dream Team victory with 19 points, including a three-ball in the first half.
Gonsalves’ effort was matched by Westside A’s low post Tavina Harris who ended with 14 points. Jade Labajo matched Gonsalves’ three-ball with one in the second half for her game-total three points. Harlee Montemayor, Lilly Kaohelauli‘i, and Sky Ripley rounded out the effort on pairs.
Olivia Malafu, the Dream Team’s low post, finished with six points, and Taeani Largusa added a few blocks to her game-total five points which dropped in the second half. Pairs from Kenzie Ka‘aihue-Paopao and Lilinoe Makepa Andaya rounded out the win.
Liana Hasegawa came out from behind her score sheets and scored a dozen points to lead the Kaulupono 6G squad to a 36-4 showing over the Westside B girls in the nightcap.
“The girls have to learn how to do the scoring,” said Bobby Kamakele, coordinator for the youth summer basketball league. “They’re doing scoring for a game, and a half, to learn the proper way because when the Merv Lopes Classic opens, we’re in charge of scoring for the Kalaheo Neighborhood Center site.”
Katelyn Constantino was another of the scoring apprentices, leaving to score eight points in Kaulupono 6G’s victory.
Sirrah Apilado and Xyrah Kua each netted a pair for the Westside B team effort.