Brereton hopeful for quick recovery
It was a rough game for Hauns Brereton on Saturday, when the Hawai’i basketball team suffered a 93-82 loss to UC Davis at the Stan Sheriff Center, and he didn’t even play a single minute.
A knee injury forced Brereton to sit and watch in frustration from the Hawai’i bench as UC Davis made a UH opponent record 16 3-pointers in the game. It was the first game he has missed in his two seasons as a Warrior.
“It was frustrating, real frustrating, because I felt like I could have helped out a whole lot,” he said. “It happens. It’s part of the game, coming back from injuries and being hurt.”
Brereton, a 6-foot-6 senior, is averaging 7.2 points and 3.9 rebounds per game. He had been in a shooting slump earlier in the season, but appeared to get back on track last Thursday when he went 3 of 4 from 3-point range and scored 11 points in a win over Pacific.
Just before halftime of that game, Brereton chased down a Pacific player and made a highlight-reel blocked shot of a layup attempt. However, he landed awkwardly on the play, and thinks that is when the knee injury occurred.
He did not participate in contact drills during Monday’s practice, but was in his practice gear and was able to do some shooting on his own.
“I’m getting the knee moving again,” he said. “The last couple of days I’ve just been resting it, getting the swelling down.”
He is not the only ailing Warrior. Freshman guard Brandon Jawato had to come out of the UC Davis game several times during the second half due to a hip injury.
“I’m doing a lot of rehab right now and I just got some medication so hopefully I’ll be fine by Thursday,” he said.
Jawato is averaging 7.8 points per game and leads the team with 29 3-pointers. He scored eight points in the loss to UC Davis.
The Warriors (10-8 overall, 4-3 Big West Conference) are scheduled to depart Honolulu on Tuesday night for two road games this week. They will play at Cal Poly (7-9, 3-3) on Thursday, then at UC Santa Barbara (7-10, 3-3) on Saturday.