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Basketball picks up one, drop two

by Kalamalama staff

The HPU men’s basketball team fell to Brigham Young University-Hawai‘i 84-76 Jan. 24 at Laie. The game’s top scorer, junior guard Marvin Noble, had a career-high 30 points and shot six for six at the foul line. Four steals and three assists rounded out Noble’s outstanding play for the game.
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Leandro Maruoka and Aaron Abrams added a combined 35 points to the scoreboard, while guard Nic Walters had seven assists and shot 57 percent from the field. BYU’s top player, Alexus Foyle, sealed the Seasiders’ win with 22 points in the second half. Foyle attributed his first half 2-9 field goal record to HPU’s strong defense. The second half also brought foul trouble for the Sea Warriors, giving BYU a chance to gain at the line. The Seasiders made 88.2 percent of their free throws in the second half, for an overall game average of 90 percent.

HPU rebounded after its loss to BYU-H by getting back into the win column against island rival Chaminade University, 87-78, Jan. 30 at the Neal Blaisdell Sports Arena.

With the win, HPU improved its conference mark to 2-4 and overall record to 13-5. The Silverswords dropped to 4-2 in the PacWest and 9-9 overall. HPU center Leandro Maruoka led all scorers with a career-high 28 points. Maruoka also tallied up his fourth double-double with 10 rebounds. "Maruoka earned his first start of the season,” said Head Coach Russell Dung. “And he made it a memorable one with his aggressive offense."

It was the third time Maruoka had scored 20 or more points in a game. Nic Walters added 17 points and Marvin Noble and Aaron Abrams both chipped in 14. The Sea Warriors shot 46 percent from the field while limiting the Silverswords, who were led by Mike Donegan with a team high 17 points, to 38 percent.

Coming off their second conference win of the season, the Sea Warriors traveled to Hilo on Feb. But, fell to the Vulcans, 83-67. With the loss to the University of Hawai‘i-Hilo, the Sea Warriors conference record dropped to 2-5 and 13-6 overall. The Vulcans improved their PacWest record to 5-2 and 13-6 overall.

Leading the Sea Warriors was senior guard Nic Walters who dropped in a team-high 19 points. Maruoka posted a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Abrams chipped in 10 points.

The Sea Warriors, who prior to this game led the PacWest in holding their opponents to a .392 field goal percentage, allowed the Vulcans to hit .457 from the field. The Vulcans were led by Skip Esence, who scored 23 points.

HPU’s current standing is 13-7, 2-5 in the PacWest.



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