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by Kaylee Noborikawa, Sports editor

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 Institute’s gym.

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 Snyder.

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.



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