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Brereton wins King of the Beach

Hauns Brereton came to the University of Hawaii men’s basketball team with a reputation as a multi-skilled player.

He proved it on Saturday, by winning the second annual “King of the Beach” competition at Waikiki Beach.

The Warriors capped their preseason conditioning with the intrasquad competition in the early morning hours of Oct. 8. The players went through 19 different drills and races in the sand at Waikiki Beach, and points were awarded to the top finishers in each drill/race.

Brereton, a 6-foot-7 junior forward, compiled the most points, edging teammate – and fellow newcomer – Christian Standhardinger by one point.

“Everybody was competing and you just have to make it so you’re consistent in the (standings) and try to get one through three each time,” Brereton said.

Several of the drills required the Warriors to compete in pairs, and interestingly enough, Brereton and Standhardinger racked up many of their points when they were partners.

It is also interesting to note that both players were far from the beach last season, when they were in Nebraska. Brereton is in his first season at Hawaii after transferring from Western Nebraska Community College; Standhardinger is in his first season at Hawaii after transferring from Nebraska (he will have to redshirt this season due to NCAA transfer rules).

Senior Zane Johnson placed third for the second consecutive year. Bill Amis won the inaugural King of the Beach last season.

Hawaii head coach Gib Arnold said he was not surprised at the results. “Came down to the wire again, to the last event,” he said. “I think the favorites came through. I thought those three would be fighting for it.”

As the winner of the competition, Brereton will get his name placed on the perpetual koa bowl trophy, and will get to display it atop his locker in the team’s locker room at the Stan Sheriff Center.

The King of the Beach competition marked the end of the preseason conditioning program for the Warriors. Official practices will begin on Friday, Oct. 14.

The annual Ohana Hoopfest, however, will take place on Oct. 21 to coincide with UH’s homecoming week.

Of note, 14 players participated in the King of the Beach competition. Iolani graduate Kainoa Chu was not among them, as it appears a knee injury will prevent him from playing with the Warriors this season.

11 Comments

  1. Congrats Brah Brereton,
    Your long term advanced training bearing fruit.. & many more to follow. It’s awesome to see how fast you climbed up that rope! lucky live Hawaii.
    My long term expectation: Hawaii wins! “King of the beach’ today; Governor of Hawaii tomorrow. Sorry Tenneesee!
    Aloha!

  2. Great job by our Warrior team, they look hungry and ready! the Gibster has got them going in the right team. These are great team building excercises, never before done by other prior coaching staffs, give credit where credit is due. Congrats Gib, Chris, and staff.

    OK Donovan and upper campus ,regents, whoever is meddling with the contract , just get it done, whoever heard of being hired and after over a year ,still no contract, ONLY IN HAWAII BRAH!!

  3. i like the toughness of hauns and christian…i think joston was going with the flow…garrett surprised me a lot with no toughness

  4. great team bonding. i like what the gibber is doing with his team, bringing cohesiveness with the asia tour and now the beach workouts.

  5. Just to be fair, Gib is not the first coach to have workouts at the beach. I remember Wallace having the team workout in the same location in the early 2000′s.

  6. Way to go Hauns! Way to represent! The team looks really good as well! This year is
    going to be exciting!!!!!!!!!!

  7. Too bad for Kainoa, looks like he’s gonna burn a redshirt year, and hopefully fully heal and tryout next year. Good luck to the Iolani grad.

  8. Dayton,
    As always, appreciations for “your WI”.
    How about a latest update on the assistant coach situation?
    Mahalo!

  9. These guys have a great attitude.

  10. i like the way the non-podium finalists look like they really support the top finishers;
    implies they gave good efforts and had genuine respect for themselves and winner’s efforts.

    Good Team Events, Good Participation and Effort…
    including the 100% finish @ the marine obstacle course;

    since we saw some real positives from the China Trip,
    suspect many of these positives WILL carry forward to the basketball court …

    Thanks, Dayton, Gib, Team !

  11. Wheres Pi’i?

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