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Warriors hold off HPU in exhibition game

The Hawaii basketball team rallied from a seven-point deficit in the second half to defeat Hawaii Pacific, 62-56, in an exhibition game on Friday night at the Stan Sheriff Center.

Zane Johnson led the Warriors with 21 points, including five 3-pointers. He scored seven points in the game’s final six minutes, helping the Warriors rally from a 49-42 deficit.

Vander Joaquim added 12 points, 13 rebounds and six blocked shots. Freshman point guard Shaquille Stokes contributed 11 points and four assists, and helped seal the game in the closing seconds with a steal.

More details, including video highlights and interviews, will be posted later.

Photos by Brandon Flores

2 Comments

  1. offense too based on getting zane open and relying on his three…at times offense looked stale with players standing around..i can see teams giving us a hard time down low..a bunch of open HPU 3’s but they just didn’t hit…wiseman still plays small..miles did what he had to do…rozitis didn’t do anything..brereton dissapointed..love jefferson’s d but not a shooting threat..thomas did good and bad…stokes will be fine..vander nice overall game..zane was zane but won’t get that looks against better teams…overall it was a D but i think hawaii always plays to the level of their opponent and it was the first game so we’ll see monday against future BW opponent..gib is right, we are still 2-4 recruiting classes away…need more athleticism

  2. Good points hawaiifan09 and agree with the D grade – Wiseman plays small (7 rebounds) becuase he is a small forward and should be out on the wing as a 3; Miles should not be afraid to shoot more when he has those open shots, Rozitis was out of position, he needs to be down low as a center (5); Breeton was a deer in headlights – ineffective defensively and needs more bench time to get a better feel for the D1 game. Jefferson was good on D but sloppy with the ball; Thomas did good but needed more time to get into the flow. Stokes was not fine . . too many turnovers and had an opportunity to pass to an open teammate and forced-up a missed shot . . as a point he needs to think pass first and shoot second. Vander did have a nice overall game – would like to see more picks and drop step moves down low. Zane was good at times but he needs to maintain that stamina and keep moving to get those open looks, like Ray Allen does. Yes, it was the first game and I it was good to experiment – but now we have to tighten the rotations and reduce the t/o’s. Not sure what that means, 2 – 4 recruiting classes away . . . from what?

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