Sons of Hawaii top Seattle Rotary, Utah Elite in Arizona

JJ Mandaquit is a key contributor for Sons of Hawaii. Photo courtesy of Sons of Hawaii.

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.


  1. Ewa Roots January 30, 2021 11:02 pm

    808 Stunnaz played 76 South today. Then 808 Stunnaz played We Rise. Can you please report on those games too?

  2. Fullcourt January 31, 2021 10:21 am

    Lot of money to travel for a league

  3. Ewa Roots January 31, 2021 11:13 am

    I like Coach Ati and Coach Leo. Solid braddahs!

    @ Fullcourt, I know right? Lots of money and potential to bring back more COVID to the islands.

  4. Ewa Roots February 1, 2021 5:22 pm

    How can there be basketball leagues on Oahu when we are still are in the tiered system? I see games being played on outdoor courts across the island at district parks. Isn’t this a no no?

  5. Real talk March 8, 2021 12:24 am

    No one says anything when kids go play pylon in the mainland. What’s the difference it’s still a lot of money. Plus it’s not your money anyway. If the state had done their job there would have been sports here on the island for the kids. So now they are forced to go off island for exposure.

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