KAULUPONO, HILYFE TOPS AT VET DAY TOUR­NEY

2 Kauai teams tan­gle for 5th/6th grade cham­pi­onship

The Garden Island - - Morning Briefing - Den­nis Fu­ji­moto

KALA­HEO — Tight com­pet­i­tive matches were ap­pro­pri­ate to wrap up the Kauai Lynx Veter­ans Day bas­ket­ball tour­na­ment Sun­day at Kala­heo Neigh­bor­hood Cen­ter.

Kaulupono 5/6th grade di­vi­sion team’s Liana Hasegawa broke through in the fi­nal minute of their skir­mish with the A‘o uka Rebels squad with a bucket and a pair of free throws to ice the 27-23 vic­tory for that di­vi­sion crown.

The Honolulu Sharks, play­ing in the 7/8th grade di­vi­sions, saw Lulu Ulu­ave net a game-high 22 points in their ti­tle match against HiLyfe, a team from Hilo coached by Don­ald Ya­mada.

That was not enough to sur­pass the HiLyfe scor­ing spread over seven play­ers, as HiLyfe edged the Sharks, 36-35 for the di­vi­sion ti­tle.

“Make ev­ery shot count,” Ulu­ave com­manded over the court as the Sharks took a 9-4 lead in the first quar­ter.

But HiLyfe an­swered with a 13-6 sec­ond-quar­ter run, trig­gered by a three­ball from Heidi Vi­dal and eight points from Kayla Pak who went on to reap high­point hon­ors for the vic­to­ri­ous Big Is­land team.

Fol­low­ing Pak, Dakota Mu­ranaka and Vi­dal net­ted seven points apiece and Brooke Sumera fin­ished with six points to round out the HiLyfe leader­board.

The Sharks came back in the fourth quar­ter with an 11-8 run, fu­eled by Ulu­ave’s nine points in the rally ef­fort be­fore the clock ran out.

Fol­low­ing Ulu­ave, the Sharks got seven points from Kristi Ya­sukochi and pairs from Maya Wu and Nil­ianu Sylvester.

The ear­lier 5/6th grade di­vi­sion ti­tle match was equally ex­cit­ing as Kaulupono faced an ag­gres­sive A‘o uka Rebels squad, with the home team at a height dis­ad­van­tage.

Kaulupono faced the squad with a player don- ning a cast, and in­juries tak­ing their toll in the fi­nal quar­ter.

“Did you see we had the three third-graders out there at the end?” an ex­cited fan said in the melee fol­low­ing the come­back win where Kaulupono bat­tled back from a 12-9 half­time deficit.

“Those are our ba­bies,” said Eric Rita, one of the coaches along with Pe­dro Saligumba. “They’re the same girls we worked with all this time.”

Bat­tling a see-saw lead through the fi­nal two minutes, Kate­lyn Con­stantino buck­eted a pair from the pocket with 2:06 re­main­ing in the con­test be­fore go­ing down with an in­jury that re­quired a carry-off to the bench.

Hasegawa topped the Kaulupono scor­ing with 14 points, in­clud­ing a sec­ond-half three-ball. She got help from Con­stantino, who ended the match with nine points, in­clud­ing a fourth-quar­ter trey be­fore be­ing car­ried off the floor. Ka­hoopo­maikai Moniz added three marks and a digit from Wailana Chris­tian fig­ured in the win.

Sky­lyn Fa­garang-Alalem topped the Rebels’ ef­fort on nine points, fol­lowed by Ceanne Baliaris adding eight points, in­clud­ing a three-ball in the third quar­ter. Zy­lah Black­stad-Tex­eira and Priscilla Matthews each put in pairs, and a digit from Cairee Quinones rounded out the scor­ing.

PHO­TOS BY DEN­NIS FU­JI­MOTO / THE GAR­DEN IS­LAND

ABOVE: Kaulupono’s Liana Hasegawa, cen­ter, bat­tles with A‘o uka Rebels Kaori Ko­erte, left, and Priscilla Matthews for a sec­ond-half re­bound Sun­day dur­ing the 5th/6th grade di­vi­sion ti­tle match at the Veter­ans Day bas­ket­ball tour­na­ment at Kala­heo Neigh­bor­hood Cen­ter. BE­LOW: The cham­pion Kaulupono 5/6th grade team, in­clud­ing Ki­aura Ortiz-Rita, Cyani Ba­gaoisan-Rita, Alyssa Gum­merus, Liana Hasegawa, Wailana Chris­tian, Bethany-Pearl Remi­gio, Ari Acosta, Kate­lyn Con­stantino, Ka­hoopo­maikai Moniz, Chaleiah Lan­caster-Fabro and coaches Pe­dro Saliguma and Eric Rita show off their di­vi­sion tro­phy.

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