The roundball adventure for the Sons of Hawaii resumed with two victories on Saturday in Gilbert, Ariz.
The team of eighth graders defeated Seattle Rotary 51-30 and Utah Elite 55-51. Sons of Hawaii will play Team Swoosh of New Mexico on Sunday before returning to Oahu. Sons of Hawaii is now 4-2 after its second road trip.
Pupuali‘i Sepulona, a 6-foot-3 center from Saint Louis, led the Sons with 16 points and six rebounds against Seattle Rotary. JJ Mandaquit of ‘Iolani tallied 12 points, six assists, four steals and three boards. Jerome Lilio, a 6-3 center from Maryknoll, added eight points and six caroms. Dash Watanabe of Punahou hustled for eight points, four rebounds, four steals and a block.
In the victory over Utah Elite, Mandaquit and Sepulona had 14 points apiece. Watanabe added 11 points, five boards, four assists, three steals and two blocks.
The Nike MADE Hoops league will resume pool play on Feb. 27. Sons of Hawaii will play Rose City Rebels, AEBC and Team FOE Elite.