UPDATED: Warriors race past Silverswords on Moloka’i
In a game that was both memorable and forgettable, the Hawai’i basketball team defeated Chaminade, 104-93, on the island of Moloka’i on Saturday night.
A Friendly Island crowd of around 1,500 gathered at “The Barn” on the Moloka’i High School campus to watch a game that featured some not-so-friendly moments.
It was the most points scored by the Warriors since 1994, but they also allowed the Silverswords to cut a 20-point deficit down to five in the second half, and they received four technical fouls.
“It was up-tempo, it was exciting, you’re exchanging blows, and guys were playing with lots of intensity,” Hawai’i head coach Gib Arnold said.
The game was played at a fast and furious pace from start to finish, and six Hawai’i players scored in double figures. Junior forward Christian Standhardinger led the way with 20 points and 12 rebounds.
Isaac Fotu added 18 points on 8-of-9 shooting, and grabbed seven rebounds; Brandon Spearman had 18 points and went 4 of 7 from 3-point range; Hauns Brereton contributed 12 points and seven rebounds; Vander Joaquim had 11 points and five rebounds; Brandon Jawato scored 10 points on 4-of-6 shooting.
“We knew it was going to be tough coming in,” Fotu said. “We knew that they shot a lot of 3s.”
Chaminade stayed in the game by hitting 16 3-pointers – the most ever by a Hawai’i opponent.
The fast-paced game featured several verbal and physical altercations between the teams, and three Warriors were issued technical fouls. Senior captain Jace Tavita received two technicals, and was ejected with 3;39 remaining in the game after he left the bench during one of the skirmishes. No punches were thrown by either team, and Chaminade received one technical foul.
“I think you have to play this game with passion; you have to play this game with emotion or it’s not worth playing,” Arnold said. “It has a limit, though, and you don’t cross that. Jace Tavita made a couple of mistakes and as my leader and as my captain, that’s unacceptable.”
In any case, the Warriors snapped a two-game losing streak and improved to 5-3. Chaminade lost its fifth consecutive game to fall to 3-6. Although the Silverswords are a NCAA Division II program, the final result and statistics count for both teams.
Hawai’i opened the game by hitting 11 of its first 13 shot attempts to take a 25-13 lead. The Warriors eventually took a 63-49 lead at intermission while shooting 64.1 percent from the field in the first half.
The 63 points in the first half alone surpassed the Warriors’ total score of 56 for a game just a week earlier in a seven-point home loss to Pepperdine.
Hawai’i stayed in front throughout the second half, although the Silverswords made it interesting when they cut the Warriors’ lead down to five at 84-79 with under 6:09 remaining in the second half. But the Warriors responded with an 11-2 run to push the lead back up to 95-81.
The final basket of that surge came on a breakaway dunk by Joaquim over Chaminade’s De’Andre Haskins with 3:41 remaining. After completing the basket and drawing the foul, Joaquim and Haskins got into a verbal altercation, and Tavita left the Hawai’i bench to get involved. Joaquim and Tavita were both assessed technical fouls, and Tavita was ejected.
Arnold said he wanted to take two days to review the situation before deciding on any repercussions for Tavita and Joaquim.
Chaminade cut it to seven in the final minute at 100-93, but Spearman went 4 for 4 from the free throw line in the last 30 seconds for the final margin.
The Silverwords finished with 16 3-pointers, which was one more than the previous record set by Colorado State in 1997. Haskins and Bennie Murray scored 21 points each to lead Chaminade.
(WarriorInsider.com file photo courtesy Charles Simmons)