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by Kaylee Noborikawa, Sports editor

Men’s Basketball

In their fourth conference game of the year, the Sea Warriors could not slip past the Vulcans of the University of Hawai‘i-Hilo in a 84-66 loss on Jan. 11. Although HPU out-rebounded and gave up fewer turnovers, the Vulcans shot an efficient 60 percent for the game, compared to 38 percent by the Sea Warriors. Kamron Alborz and Patrick Towne led HPU with 15 points apiece.

In an attempt to split a two-game road trip with UH-Hilo, the Sea Warriors fell short on the Big Island, 80-74. On Jan. 13, the HPU defense was unable to stop Hilo’s Travis Sobers, who scored a game-high 29 points. Rishi Kakad scored 16 points for HPU.

The Sea Warriors returned home to face Brigham Young University-Hawai‘i on Jan. 17 and Kakad continued his hot streak, scoring a career-high 27 points. However, the Seasiders were led by a second-half shooting spree from Eric Boyce, who put away 25 points, edging BYUH past the Sea Warriors, 74-63.

HPU hoped to redeem themselves in a rematch against the Seasiders on Jan. 26, but fell short 74-70 at King Intermediate School. Mickey Wheeler and Alborz led the Sea Warriors with 18 and 17 points, respectively, but it wasn’t enough to stop a 19-9 run by the Seasiders in the second half.
On Feb. 1, the Sea Warriors looked to secure their second conference win but the Chaminade Silverswords defended their home court in a convincing 86-56 win. All-American prospect Zack Whiting led Chaminade with a double-double, posting 20 points and 10 rebounds. HPU struggled offensively, shooting a mere 30 percent for the game. Logan Wolf led the Sea Warriors with 11 points.

Women’s Basketball

On Jan. 11, the Lady Sea Warriors traveled to the Big Island to take on the Vulcans of the University of Hawai‘i-Hilo, hoping to grasp their first win of the season. That was not to happen, as the Vulcans slipped past the Lady Sea Warriors, 67-57. Ashley Jenkins posted a game-high 20 points and HPU out-rebounded the Vulcans, but UH-Hilo had a better shooting percentage with 41.1 percent.

Frustrated from a 16-game losing streak, HPU’s hard work and effort finally paid off, as the Lady Sea Warriors experienced their first win of the season, shutting down the Vulcans, 63-48. The first half was relatively close but HPU pulled away in the second half, outscoring UH-Hilo 29-17. Jenkins, who recorded 19 points and 11 rebounds, and Natalie Mitchell, who posted 12 points, led the Lady Sea Warriors.

HPU returned home and faced Brigham Young University-Hawai‘i on Jan. 17, seeking their second straight win. The Lady Sea Warriors were close to achieving their goal, but the Seasiders edged past HPU, 67-65. Jenkins had a chance to tie up the game at seven seconds left, but missed the final shot, sealing the BYUH victory. HPU actually had a better shooting percentage than the Seasiders with 36.5 percent in the game to 33.9 percent by BYUH, but the Seasiders out-rebounded the Lady Sea Warriors, 46 to 39.

The Seasiders had a more dominating win in their rematch on Jan. 26, trouncing the Lady Sea Warriors, 76-55, at Kilauea Recreation Center. BYUH’s Latoya Wily put up a game-high 27 points for the Seasiders. HPU’s offense was better distributed, with four Lady Sea Warriors posting double-digits. Kanani Thomas led HPU with 12 points, followed by Shannon Miyashiro with 11, and Mitchell and Constance Decaires with 10 each, respectively.

On Feb. 1, HPU suffered a heart-breaking loss against Chaminade University, falling to the Silverswords 74-70. Jenkins was HPU’s leading scorer once again, with 23 points and eight rebounds, followed by Miyashiro with 10 points and seven rebounds, respectively. Brittnee Fonnesbeck led Chaminade with a game-high 25 points.

Men and Women’s Tennis

On Feb. 1, the HPU men’s tennis team, ranked #33 in Division II, opened the season with an 8-1 victory over Gustavus Adolphus College. They continued their streak with, 5-1, 6-0, and 6-0, victories over the University of Hawai‘i-Hilo on Feb. 3.

The HPU women’s tennis team opened their season with 6-0, and 5-1 victories over the UH-Hilo Vulcans, Feb. 3. The HPU tennis teams will face BYUH on Feb. 17 at the Seasiders home court.



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