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Basketball drops season's final games

by Clarence B. Smith, with Luke Massirio

 

HPU’s basketball team closed its season losing to the UH-Hilo Vulcans 71-61 Feb. 26 at Mid-Pacific Institute, and falling 62-54 to Grand Canyon University at the Blaisdell Arena Feb. 28.

Forward Audrius Peciukas led the Sea Warriors against the Vulcans with 12 points. Guard Alex Swerzbin and center Sasha Bojic also finished with 10 points each. The Sea Warriors fought to the finish, but dug themselves into a hole by shooting only 35 percent from the field.

 
In the season finale, Senior guard Dante Sykes scored a team high 16 points in his final game as a Sea Warrior. Peciukas recorded his ninth double-double of the season with 13 points and a career high 17 rebounds, while Swerzbin reached double figures for the sixth straight game, finishing with 11 points.
 

The Sea Warriors finished the season 10-16 overall, and 4-11 in Pacific West play. Before the game, seniors Sykes and Kapena O’Neal were honored at midcourt with leis, as the coaching staff presented them with their jerseys matted in a glass frame. O’Neal, who was sidelined all season for medical reason, is hoping to receive a medical redshirt that will allow him to play next season.

The Sea Warriors picked up both of their recent wins beating last-place Western New Mexico Feb. 17 84-70 and 82-63. Sykes offered a familiar phrase when asked about HPU’s outlook for next season, as well as his own future in basketball: “Stay ready.”

 

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