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HPU splits with Chaminade

by Kalamalama staff


The HPU men’s basketball team split a series with Chaminade at McCabe Gym Feb. 20 and 22, winning the first 85-73 and losing the second 95-87.

In the first game, the Sea Warriors basketball team bounced back from a three-point half-time deficit.

A crowd of 500 watched as an energized Sea Warriors team came out of the locker room for the second half to shoot a red-hot 56.7 field goal percentage while the defense shut down a cold Chaminade team that shot only 36.8 percent from the field.

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Led by senior guard Nic Walters, HPU outscored the Silverswords 55-40 in the second half to pick up the victory. Chaminade had no answer for Walters on either side of the ball as he had five steals to go along with his team-high 23 points.

Also contributing to the win were junior guards Aaron Abrams and Marvin Noble, as well as senior forward Leandro Muraoka. All scored in double figures for the game with 18, 13, and 17, respectively. Perennial board-crasher Nate Block, a senior forward, also added to the rally with a team-high 11-rebound effort.

The win pushed HPU’s record up to 14-7 overall and 3-6 in PacWest play.

Despite a 24-point effort from forward Leon Ballard, Chaminade couldn’t maintain its first half intensity and fell behind early in the third quarter. The Silverswords would never regain the lead and fell to 5-6 in conference games with the loss.

In the second game, HPU was not able to overcome a 20-point halftime deficit despite a late rally led by Walters, who was the games high scorer with 31 points on 10-of-14 shooting. A free throw by Walters with 53 seconds remaining cut the deficit to seven points, the closest the Sea Warriors would get.

“Walters cannot do everything by himself. We all need to help him,” Maruoka said. Maruoka ended the game with 14 points and nine rebounds.

“It’s always more difficult when you lose the first half by 20 and then try to come back,” said Maruoka. “We’ve been in that situation three times this year, and we came back in all of them, but we have never won.”

Bryon Sykes led the Silverswords with 25 points while teammate Leon Ballard poured in 21. Donald Rogers had a game-high seven assists with no turnovers while scoring five points for Chaminade.

HPU’s Aaron Abrams had the most field goal attempts in the game, but only made five of 18. Teammate Marvin Noble, who led HPU in assists with four, also struggled from the field, scoring five points. Nate Block added 14 points.






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