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Warriors hold off UH-Hilo, 82-75

Eddie Stansberry scored 19 points — including five 3-pointers — off the bench and Drew Buggs added 16 points to help Hawai’i pull away from intrastate rival UH-Hilo, 82-75.

An estimated crowd of about 2,200 at the Stan Sheriff watched Zigmars Raimo add 13 points and five rebounds and Brocke Stepteau contribute 11 points as the Warriors snapped a three-game losing streak to improve to 5-4. The Division II Vulcans fell to 3-4.

Jack Purchase added 10 points and nine boards for Hawai’i, which took the lead for good midway through the first half but could not extend it past 13 points at any point.

Former Kalaheo standout Kupa’a Harrison led all players with 21 points and 10 rebounds for Hilo, which also got 20 points from UNLV transfer Larry Bush. Jalen Thompson added 16 points for the Vulcans, who got as close as 75-69 with 3:21 remaining but could not get closer.

The Warriors’ next game is scheduled for December 16, against Mississippi Valley State, at 5:00 p.m. at the Sheriff Center.

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

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  1. Lot of bench could have played. You can see any level below manoa they handle go to rim shoot fearless will give warriors trouble. I think lower bwc teams will be tough on rainbows. Hard close win to watch. Give Hilo credit if played on big island probably good big win for vulcans. Hawaii has to play 40 minutes full pressure defense. Ganot put in quickest defenders start game and finish. Hope bows win DHC! Go Bows!

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