KALAHEO — Moku Ekolu-Tolenoa dropped all eight of his points in the second half Thursday to lead Hanakila sixth-grade boys division to a 31-16 win over the Lihue Lakers during the summer youth basketball league games coordinated by Kaulupono basketball at the Kalaheo Neighborhood Center.
Ekolu-Tolenoa got help from Braden Metteauer and Elias Shook who each put in six points in a balanced attack. Ian Correa finished with five points, all dropping in the second half, rounded out the leaderboard.
“This is our last game for this league,” said Hanakila coach Rob DeMond. “All of our boys have grown a lot since the starting games, and I’m proud of how far they’ve come in basketball.”
The Lakers’ sixth-grade division boys took its lead from Reyson Goias-Abbrigo who netted six points with Noah Louis and Dylan Watanabe each adding four points. Bryan Brown was smothered by the Hanakila defense but was able to get a pair in the second half after being instrumental in moving the ball for the Lakers.
The Lakers were not done for the night as its sixth grade division boys’ Lakers Purple took the floor against Na Koa’s sixth-grade division games. Na Koa recently returned from a nine-day Las Vegas tour where it participated in several big basketball tournaments.
“We had fun in Las Vegas,” said Ceejay Vidinha, a Na Koa guard who finished with 12 points in its 62-46 win over the Lakers Purple. “We were able to win in the first tournament, but lost in the second. Tonight, we’re playing the Lakers’ A team.”
Vidinha came off the bench to end with his dozen points, including launching two of the team’s three treys. Mone Malafu, getting strong family support from the sidelines, finished with a game-high 21 points to lead Na Koa’s win. Michael Questin did the ball handling chores for Na Koa, finishing with 10 points and Shine Winter added six points for the win.
Grayson Shimamoto did low post duty while Malafu caught his breath and finished with three points along with Keaka Kauhane who dropped the third three-ball in the second half. Kaiwi Harder rounded out the victory with a second-half bucket.
Sage Cua topped the Lakers Purple effort with 16 points, including a pair of three-balls followed by Daniel Kaili Pa adding 12 points. Connor Kitamura finished with seven points and Kelsen Rapozo dropped his six points in the second half. Ian Rapozo and Mark Vegas rounded out the effort with pairs.
Kaina Hasegawa and John Fernandez combined for 14 points to lead the Supersonics sixth grade boys division team to a 26-25 advantage over the hard-pressing TL Warriors who got eight points from elijah Lautej in the nightcap. Hasegawa finished with eight points and Fernandez added six points.