Warriors move to 2-0 with Sunday win
The Hawai’i basketball team relied on a balanced offense and a gritty defense in an 81-54 victory over Arkansas-Pine Bluff on the second night of the Outrigger Hotels and Resorts Rainbow Classic on Sunday at the Stan Sheriff Center.
Seniors Hauns Brereton and Vander Joaquim scored 15 points each, while Brandon Spearman aded 12 points and Christian Standhardinger scored 11 points. Senior point guard Jace Tavita orchestrated the offense, finishing with eight points, 10 assists and five rebounds.
Brereton also grabbed nine rebounds to lead the Warriors to a 45-38 advantage on the boards. Hawai’i also limited the Golden Lions to a .262 field goal percentage.
The Warriors improved to 2-0 this season, and will face Houston Baptist on Monday for the championship of the Rainbow Classic. Houston Baptist is also 2-0 in the Classic. The Monday night game will start at 11 p.m. as part of ESPN’s College Basketball Tip-Off Marathon.
UAPB took an early five-point lead, but the Warriors rallied to take a 33-27 lead by halftime. Brereton scored 10 in the first half, and Tavita added eight points and five assists.
The Warriors opened the second half with a 14-5 surge in the first four minutes after intermission to increase the lead to 47-32 and then pulled away down the stretch. All 12 Warriors in uniform saw action.
More details, including video highlights and interviews, will be posted later.