Na Koa sweeps Holiday Classic

  • Photo courtesy Jack Viohl

    Na Koa boys seventh- and eighth-grade team is joined by its Na Koa boys fifth- and sixth-grade squad after sweeping their divisions at the Isle Hoops Holiday Classic tourney at the Island School Wilcox Gymnasium in Puhi. Both teams went undefeated to capture the tournament hardware.

  • Photo courtesy Jack Viohl

    The Isle Hoops A and B teams in the grades seven and eight division show off the hardware earned by the Isle Hoops B team following its 73-19 win over Westside at the Isle Hoops Holiday Classic that wrapped up Saturday night at the Wilcox Gymnasium on the Island School campus in Puhi.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    The Warriors Boys seventh- and eighth-grade squad’s Hekili Dizol drives against Thunder’s Isaac Mirey in the first half of their matchup at the Isle Hoops Holiday Classic at the Wilcox Gymnasium on the Island School campus in Puhi. Dizol netted 12 points to lead the Warriors’ 34-23 victory over the Thunder.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    The Warriors Boys seventh- and eighth-grade squad’s Elijah Lautej stretches for a rebound over Thunder’s Christopher Dela Cruz Jr. Saturday during the Isle Hoops Holiday Classic tournament at the Wilcox Gymnasium on the Island School campus in Puhi.

PUHI — The Isle Hoops B team rolled over the Westside, 73-19, to clinch the title berth of the girls seventh- and eighth-grade division Saturday evening during the championship match at the second annual Isle Hoops Holiday Classic at the Wilcox Gymnasium on the Island School campus.

“This is the only championship contest in the tournament,” said Jack Viohl, one of the tournament coordinators. “The other winners are by best record.”

Na Koa basketball programs swept the boys competition in both the grades five and six and seven and eight divisions.

“They were undefeated in the first two days and took the trophies,” Viohl said. “The girls fifth- and sixth-grade division title went to the Lynx.”

Isle Hoops is a statewide boys and girls community basketball club primarily serving student athletes in the fourth through eighth grades as well as the boys junior varsity basketball program at Island School during the off-season, Viohl said.

The program was founded by Viohl and Corey Dobashi in 2007. The Hoops Holiday Classic is the vision of Island School boys JV basketball head coach Phillip Baclayon.

“Since 2007, Corey and I have merged our boys’ team with community teams like the Kauai Thunder, Yung Swag and, more recently, the Lihue Lakers under Coach Lenny Rapozo,” Viohl said. “In the past, we have borrowed players from teams such as the Lihue Warriors, Team Central as well as players from Kapaa and Kilauea. Our boys fifth- and sixth-grade team finished the tournament with two wins and two losses under head coach Greg Meyers.”

On the girls’ arena, Viohl said the eighth-grade girls team merged with Con3 Jacks from Maui for the tournament under Coach Kai Pahukoa who brought his two daughters to play.

“Our seventh- and sixth-grade athletes merged with Kaulupono under Coach Neal Fagarang to make two Isle Hoops teams,” Viohl said.

Results

Wednesday: Fifth- and sixth-grade girls: Westside 35, Rebels 12; fifth- and sixth-grade boys: Papalina 30, Isle Hoops 16; Na Koa 19, Thunder 16; seventh- and eighth-grade girls: Westside 33, Isle Hoops A 12; seventh- and eighth-grade boys: Na Koa 56, Warriors 35; Na Koa 61, Thunder 17.

Thursday: Fifth- and sixth-grade girls: Westside 36, Lynx 25; Lynx 38, Rebels 14; fifth- and sixth-grade boys: Na Koa 40, Isle Hoops 16; Thunder 17, Papalina 14; seventh- and eighth-grade girls: Isle Hoops B 62, Ballers 5; seventh- and eighth-grade boys: Na Koa 54, Papalina 23; Na Koa 48, Lakers 15.

Friday: Fifth- and sixth-grade girls: Lynx 27, Rebels 15; fifth- and sixth-grade boys: Isle Hoops 44, Warriors 31; Na Koa 40, Papalina 10; Na Koa 28, Warriors 21; seventh- and eighth-grade girls: Westside 25, Ballers 12; Isle Hoops B 36, Westside 13; Isle Hoops A 28, Ballers 20; seventh- and eighth-grade boys: Warriors 29, Papalina 22; Lakers 42, Thunder 22; Thunder 38, Papalina 31.

Saturday: Fifth- and sixth-grade girls: Westside 33, Rebels 12; Exhibition Team 14, Rebels 7; Lynx 53, Isle Hoops A 27; Lynx 28, Westside 26; fifth- and sixth-grade boys: Isle Hoops 22, Thunder 14; Warriors 31, Papalina 27; Warriors 33, Thunder 22; seventh- and eighth-grade girls: Isle Hoops B 53, Isle Hoops A 13; Ballers 29, Isle Hoops A 22; Isle Hoops B 73, Westside 19; seventh- and eighth-grade boys: Warriors 36, Thunder 23; Warriors 31, Lakers 21; Papalina 33, Lakers 22.

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