Eighty-five youths from eight teams participated in the HI-PAL “Click It or Ticket” elementary and intermediate basketball championships this past weekend at Papaʻikou Gym.
In the Intermediate Division, Waiākea Titans finished the round robin event with an undefeated 4-0 record to claim the championship. Titans defeated St. Joseph Gold 57-51 led by Kiai Apele’s 20 points, Kaʻū 56-35 led by Chance Simeona with 19 points, Waiākea 49-26 led by Apele’s 18 points and St. Joseph Red 48-34 led by Apele with 14 points. St. Joseph Gold finished second with a 3-1 record. Members of the championship Titans squad included Apele, Simeona, Macmillan Aloisio, Vergil Henry, Guyson Ogata and Dominic Rodrigues.
In the Elementary Division finals, the St. Joseph Cardinals edged Kealakehe Blue 31-28 to claim the title. Jayden Villena led the Cardinals with 11 points, Forrest Mckinney added 8 points and Zayre Fuiava tallied 6 points. Second-place Kealakehe was led by Shammah Talley with 9 points and Elayo Malapit and Edward Lai who added 6 points apiece. In the third place contest, Haʻaheo defeated Kealakehe White 26-18. Zamar Brres led Haʻaheo with 15 points. Members of the champion St. Joseph squad included Villena, Mckinney, Fuiava, Tiffany Castillo, Thomas Costa, Aidyn Cruise, Kavis Davies, Blayden Grace, Landry Ishii and Stanislaw Stack.
“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 youths, teens and adults to use their seat belts.