A total of 134 youths from 15 teams participated in the HI-PAL “Click It or Ticket” Back 2 School Bash basketball tournament this past weekend at Papaʻikou Gym.
In the 10-and-Under division finals, Kohala’s NSP defeated Fly Girls 21-14 to claim the title. Layden Kauka led NSP with 7 points. Maela Honma tallied 9 points for Fly Girls
Members of the champion NSP squad included Landon and Layden Kauka, Isaac Salvador, Tiras Perez, Kayzen Ittner, Jayden Hook and Isaiah Omalley.
In the third place contest, Warriors out-gunned Keaʻau Chargers 20-14. Javan Ferry led the Warriors with 8 points. Kiai Yasso scored 7 points for the Chargers.
In the 8-and-Under division, Warriors defeated B-Elite 18-2, avenging a 26-22 loss in pool play. Kawohi Huihui and Zoe Silva each tallied 6 for the champions.
Members of the champion Warriors included Huihui and Silva, Hayzen Ferry, Kai Kahana-Rowe, Kaiea Peterson, Keinan Mattos, Micah Chung, Rayden Handy and Waimalu Kahana-Machida.
Keaʻau Chargers finished third.
“Click It or Ticket” is a national education and enforcement campaign to increase seat belt usage and decrease traffic fatalities and injuries. The Hawaiʻi Police Department encourages all youth, teens and adults to use their seat belts.