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HPU splits two with MSU-Billings

by Desmond Delce and Chris Alcantara


Led by forward Aaron Abrams’ 34 points, the HPU Sea Warriors basketball team defeated visiting Montana State-Billings 107-92 Jan. 6 at Blaisdell Arena.

HPU (4-8) extended its winning streak to three and is now 1-0 in the Pacific West Conference. MSUB fell to 6-and-3 overall and 0-1 in conference play.


The game was a three-point shoot-out, with the Sea Warriors going 19-for-27 (70.4 percent) and the Yellowjackets hitting 14-out-of-32 shots from beyond the arc (43.8 percent).

Abrams led HPU’s long range attack with seven treys. Guard Marvin Noble was 5-of-7 in three-pointers and finished with 22 points.

Trae Fortier, with 37 points, lead the Yellowjackets. He sat out only three minutes and racked up 13 rebounds, two blocks and four steals before fouling out with less than a minute left in the game.
Dante Sykes had a complete game for the Sea Warriors, finishing with 19 points, nine rebounds, and three assists.


HPU took on the Mustangs of MSU-Billings in a conference rematch Jan. 8 and lost a “nail-biter” 89-86 at the Blaisdell Arena.

Abrams led the Sea Warriors with a game-high 25 points and also grabbed nine boards. Three other players made double-digit scoring including Noble (21 points), Tecul (16 points), and Peciukas (16 points).

The Sea Warriors got back on the winning track with a 78-71 win over Pac West rival Western New Mexico University Jan 10. at Mid-Pac. HPU once again rallied behind Abrams who led the team with 22 points and nine rebounds. Abrams’ supporting cast in the win included Noble (13 points, 7 assists), Pecikuas (17 points), and senior forward Jay Bussey (12 points).


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