After two weeks of weather-related postponements, we were finally able to crown a South Maui Youth Basketball League (SMYBL) Junior Midgets Division champ-ion. The playoffs were held Thursday and Friday, April 3 and 4 at Kalama Park.
Opening the tournament, the Flames blew past the Blue Devils 23-9. Nama Kaeo-Young and Xander Nakamura each scored four points for the Flames.
Zion Milare and Ryal Macloves-Burton scored six points apiece as the Lil Rebels cooled the Hot Shots 23-6.
Congratulations Coach Raphael Wellerstein and the champion Clippers! (Not pictured: Head Coach Jeff Robson.)
Alan Vigneux and Evan Wellerstein scored four points each as the top-seeded Clippers advanced to the championship game after snuffing out the Flames 21-9.
The third-seeded Lil Rebels upset the second-seeded Phenoms 15-12 behind Kobe Gonzales' eight points. Dreiden Agaran led the Phenoms with five points.
After a close first half that saw the favored Clippers hold a slim four-point lead, their speed and experience was key in getting past the scrappy Lil Rebels 23-13 in the championship game. Quintin Akaka-Foster came up big for the Clippers, scoring 11 points.
The Midgets Division played the following week.
On Tuesday, April 8, the Rockets got a game-high 14 points from Ben Janssen as they defeated the Con3 Jacks 25-7.
Chris Rummans and Keoki Agtaguem scored 10 points each as the Flames torched the Wolverines 50-24.
Noah Abreu scored eight points as the Kihei Boyz rolled over the Phenoms 32-9.
On Wednesday, April 9, Raider Damuni hit a short running jump shot as time expired to give the 808 Elite a 27-25 win over the Flames.
The Con3 Jacks and Phenoms, two predominantly girl teams in a boys' league played to an exciting overtime game that ended in a 13-13 tie.
Noah Abreu once again scored eight points, leading the Kihei Boyz past the Wolverines 34-16. Daniel Sturgeon led the Wolverines with a game-high nine points--all from three-point field goals.
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