It was a night of hard-hitting play, missed
field goals, and poor calls by the referees. No, HPU didn’t
get a new football team; it was senior night for the HPU men’s
basketball team against long-time rival, Chaminade University.
On Feb. 22, five HPU seniors left the basketball court with bittersweet
memories after the Sea Warriors (10-16, 4-10) fell to the Chaminade
Silverswords (15-11, 7-7) 93-68 in a hard-fought game at Mid-Pacific
After upsetting the Silverswords in a 90-85 overtime victory
the previous night, HPU fell flat on senior night, allowing Chaminade
to take control of the game from the start.
The Silverswords jumped out to an early 15-5 lead in the first
five minutes of the game. Chaminade dominated the court and led
by as much as 22 points in the first half, shooting 94.4 percent
from the free throw line. The Sea Warriors shot better from the
field, 44 percent (compared to CU’s 37.9 percent), but
the Silverswords were able to sink eight three-pointers, while
HPU was unable to convert any in the first half. CU’s Zack
Whiting sank two free throws after being fouled by Ryan Walker
to end the half, 47-30.
Chaminade kept the momentum going in the second half, jumping
to a 62-34 lead in the first four minutes. The Sea Warriors struggled
to stay in the game, but Adam Snyder provided a spark for HPU,
scoring seven consecutive points. However, it wasn’t enough
to hold off the Silverswords, who handed HPU its 10th conference
loss with a score of 93-68.
I thought that one of these teams would be a little flat from
last night,” said Head Coach Darren Vorderbruegge. “I
told them we don’t want it to be us, but it was. We had
no edge tonight,” Vorderbruegge added.
We won last night, so we knew it was going to be tough tonight,” said
Snyder, who scored a season-high 19 points. “You gotta
give (Chaminade) credit, because they were hitting shots early,
but our defense was pretty poor, and offensively we weren’t
making any baskets,” he added.
Five HPU seniors were honored after the game: Jarrod Davis, Brandon
Lee, Adam Reinking, Patrick Towne, and Adam Snyder.
It’s a little bittersweet cause I had a decent game, but
it’s tough to enjoy it when you lose like that,” said
Rishi Kakad also led HPU with 19 points, followed by Walker with
11 points. Whiting led Chaminade with 24 points and seven rebounds.
The Sea Warriors played their last game of the season on March
2 against Brigham Young University-Hawai‘i at Cannon Activities
Center in La‘ie.