The Hawaii Storm 17 Under Girls Basketball Team won the championship in the Cairo Bracket of the Nike Tournament of Champions in Chicago over Team Kwik on Wednesday, July 12. The final score was 37-28. Over the 3 day tournament, the Hawaii Storm team went 4-2, participating in the 3+ Division, where each team has between 6-8 NCAA Division 1 Recruits on their team. This was the first time any Hawaii team has ever played in a championship game or won the championship game of a bracket at the Nike Tournament of Champions.
The NIKE Tournament of Champions is universally considered the most prestigious basketball event in the world. Occupying almost one million square feet inside of Chicago’s McCormick Place, the 2017 tournament hosted 752 teams and more than 10,000 athletes and coaches from all 50 United States and every Canadian province. This will make it the largest single venue basketball event in the world, and the largest in the history of men’s or women’s basketball.
The Hawaii Storm 17 Under Girls team featured the following players: Shayla Cabato-Machado (Farrington High School); Paige Fahrni (Mid Pacific Institute); Mandi Kawaha (Hilo High School); Brilie Kovaloff (Mid Pacific Institute); Dallas Martinez (Sacred Hearts Academy); TeHiwa Medeiros (Sacred Hearts Academy); Dahlis Sablay (Mililani High School); Taylor Wu (Iolani School). The head coach for the team was Mike Taylor, and assisted by Dwayne Yuen, Jordan Kealoha, and Ashley Yamachika.
Nike Tournament of Champions Results – Cairo Division
- Hawaii Storm 17U (44) vs. Illinois Rage (45)
- Precision Athletics (29) vs. Hawaii Storm 17U (35)
- Hawaii Storm 17U (46) vs. MT Elite Ducks Onyx (50) – OT
- Houston Lady Road Runners (33) vs. Hawaii Storm 17U (50)
- Hawaii Storm 17U (47) vs. Wisconsin Blaze 17U Inferno (35)
- Hawaii Storm 17U (37) vs. Team Kwik (28) – Championship Game