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by Rick Bernico, '01

Throughout the game the Sea Warriors trailed consistently by 5 to 10 points, with the largest deficit 15 points.

HPU guard Donnell Dobbins dominated Sea Warriors play with 30 points and a spirited comeback in the last five minutes of the game that brought the Sea Warriors to within three points with just over two minutes left.

HPU started its comeback by applying a very effective full-court press that rattled Emporia State and created numerous turnovers. Dobbin’s took advantage of these with a series of clutch three-pointers, but in the last two minutes of the game ESU was able to make adjustments and recover.

Three points down, with just two minutes left, the Sea Warriors were still very much in the game, but Dobbin’s earlier successful clutch shooting inspired him to start throwing up quick threes as if there were only 15 seconds left in the game instead of 2:15. They all rattled off, and Emporia State was able to hang on for the win.

HPU avoided a four-point loss only because Dobbins hit a desperation three-pointer with .3 seconds left.

Emporia State was led by Anthony Joseph who had a double-double with 21 points and 11 rebounds.

The Sea Warriors showed a lot of character by coming back in the game with a good, steady defense and an effective full-court press, but they did not keep up the defensive intensity despite a fairly deep bench.

HPU’s offense seemed ineffective most of the game. Forward Rick Wilson had good low-post moves but was regularly double or triple teamed. Nonetheless, he scored 14 points.

The Sea Warriors most effective offense came in the second half during the full-court press when Dobbins took charge and almost single handedly got them back into the game.

The Sea Warriors showed a lot of promise, especially with a totally revamped roster, many new coaches, and a new Head Coach, Kelly Wells. Their next three games are on the road in the Seattle, Wash. area, and the next home game is Dec. 6 against California Baptist, 7:30 p.m. at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center.


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