Hawai’i MBB Unable to Overcome Turnovers, Fouls in Road Loss to Unbeaten UNLV

Hawai’i MBB Unable to Overcome Turnovers, Fouls in Road Loss to Unbeaten UNLV

Hawai’i MBB Unable to Overcome Turnovers, Fouls in Road Loss to Unbeaten UNLV

By: Paul Brecht

NEVADA – The University of Hawai’i men’s basketball team dropped their first game on the mainland this season to the UNLV Rebels, 77-62, to fall to 5-3 on the season.

The ‘Bows found themselves with a slow offensive start in the team’s first action on the mainland this season and in front of a relatively rowdy home UNLV crowd.

The Runnin’ Rebels, who had won eight straight to open their season, started quickly and jumped out to an early 12-point lead by the first half’s 12-minute media timeout.

While UH would continue to chip away at the UNLV lead, getting as close as down just five with 7:13 remaining in the first half but couldn’t get closer.

The Rebels ended the half on a 20-8 run, capped by a Jordan McCabe buzzer-beater, to open up a 41-22 lead heading into the locker rooms.

Turnovers plagued the ‘Bows in the first half, as the visitors committed nine first-half turnovers leading to 12 points for the opposition. The UNLV bench also outscored Hawai’i reserves, 17-4, in first half action.

Both teams came out of the break trading punches, as Hawai’i cut the UNLV lead down to 16 by the first media timeout of the second half. Through a tight whistle, UH continued to pull closer to UNLV while the Rebels entered the 1&1 bonus with just over 12 minutes to play. 

The ‘Bows, though offensively not showing the best output, continued to bunker down on the defensive end against the Rebels. Coupled with the help of the three-point touch of 6’9” first-year forward Harry Rouhiladeff, Hawai’i brought the deficit to 54-46 with 9:02 to play.

Unfortunately, fouls and turnovers would come back to bite the ‘Bows. UNLV entered the double bonus with 8:16 left in the 2nd half and UH would commit nine more turnovers in the second stanza, totaling 18 throwaways on the evening for the road warriors.

The Rebels would push the lead back up to 20 points, 77-57, thanks to the hot shooting of Luis Rodriguez and the entire UNLV unit.

Hawai’i would give one last effort, closing the gap to 15 points to finish the night thanks to five quick Kamaka Hepa points in the final minute before falling, 77-62.

UNLV was led by Rodriguez’ 18 points, followed by Keshon Gilbert and Justin Webster each contributing 13 points as the Rebels stayed unbeaten.

The big man, Hepa, paced the Hawai’i Rainbow Warriors with 15 points, including three 3-pointers. Forward Beon Riley came off the bench and chipped in 12 points and a team-leading 8 rebounds for the ‘Bows.

After a strong showing from the UH bigs, the talented Hawai’i guard group will look to get back on track in the Rainbow Warriors’ next game on Sunday, December 11 when they return home to host Saint Francis.

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Sharks Weekly Review: Women’s Soccer (12/5/22)

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Sharks Weekly Review: Women’s Soccer (12/5/22)

By: Paul Brecht

HONOLULU – Happy holidays and a warm welcome back from us at Sharks Weekly, as host Jason Genegabus was joined this week by the HPU women’s soccer head coach Adria Borras, assistant coach Gretchen Berkey and sophomore defender Nicole Miyazono.

The trio rejoined Genegabus after appearing on the show back in September for a conversation regarding the team’s second half of the season, the 2022 World Cup and a quick look ahead to what next season may have in store for Hawaii Pacific’s growing soccer program.

The show opened with a review on the 2022 fall campaign for the Sharks in which they finished the year 5-8-3 with a 4-5-1 record in Pac West play. Genegabus caught up with Borras to check in on many close results that HPU had during a six-game homestand.

Following the first break, the crew was asked one of the famous “Genegabus Hard-Hitting Questions”, as they had to ponder what the one meal they would eat for the rest of their lives would be. While Miyazono had a full meal hitting multiple food groups, the coaching staff had simpler plates on their mind.

Coach Berkey responded with street tacos, as she said she could go for them any time of day and year. Coach Borras, the head man in charge from Spain, shared his love for pasta as he chose the broader answer that would be a theme for his answers to the hard-hitters.

The conversation then shifted to how the program has adjusted through COVID-19 and the change back to “normal” this past season. As with every collegiate program in Hawaii, the travel was discussed between both the other islands and back to the mainland for both local players and athletes brought in.

Coach Borras briefly touched on the Sharks’ upcoming 2023 schedule and how they will be taking their annual West Coast road trip at the beginning of the season rather than at the end.

This change, though seemingly small, will allow HPU to have Senior Night later in the season as it would naturally be and makes the worries that come with competing after travel at the end of conference play disappear.

Heading into the third segment, the 2022 World Cup took over the conversation as Borras discussed his ability to watch all the games (thanks in part to a newborn in the house) and how he has encouraged players to take in the high-class soccer matches as they can.

Though he hails from Spain, Borras detailed how he would like to see a team like Argentina take home the title from this year’s World Cup, one that very likely will be Lionel Messi’s final show. Berkey and Miyazono concurred, though all three quickly acknowledged how well Brazil has looked throughout the tournament thus far.

The show closed in the final segment with Genegabus asking the trio one more “Hard-Hitting” question, as he posed the scenario of being turned into an animal for the rest of their lives.

With a pair of big cats chosen by assistant coach Berkey and Miyazono, Borras once more took a broader answer by choosing “anything that can fly”, eliciting a chuckle from Genegabus and the other two soccer team representatives.

The final few pieces of conversation included the upcoming sporting clinic being held with HPU sport teams, if the soccer crew had started their Christmas shopping yet and finally the focus of the offseason for the Sharks as they head into the winter break and then spring training following the graduation of 10 players.

*Due to technical difficulties, this episode is not available on demand.*

You can catch Sharks Weekly every Monday at 9:00 AM HST on HSRN 95.1 FM/760 AM or hawaiisportsradio.com.

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Ground and Pound: Waimea Runs Away With Div. II Crown

Ground and Pound: Waimea Runs Away With Div. II Crown

Ground and Pound: Waimea Runs Away With Div. II Crown

By: Paul Brecht

MILILANI – The Waimea Menehunes used their powerful rushing attack to control the time and score of the First Hawaiian Bank/HHSAA Division II state championship game, running all over the King Kekaulike Na Alii defense en route to a 45-6 victory and the school’s first ever state championship.

Waimea ran for 443 yards on the night, as eight different players had touches in the run game and four of those players had over 50 yards rushing.

Kameron Apilado was the main workhorse for the Menehunes, as the running back racked up 228 yards on just 11 touches to go along with two touchdowns. Over 150 of those yards came on two of Apilado’s runs.

After Waimea jumped out to a 10-0 lead, King Kekaulike used a 15-play, 75 yard drive to cut the lead to 10-6 just minutes into the second quarter.

Waimea turned on the jets after that, scoring 35 points that would go unanswered by King Kekaulike thanks in part to a suffocating defensive performance from the Menehunes.

Aukai Emayo rushed 15 times for 83 yards and a pair of touchdowns for Waimea. Kaili Arakaki chipped in a touchdown to go along with another 53 rushing yards for the Menehunes.

King Kekaulike’s lone score came on the only completion of the game from Kalelepono Wong, who hit Ahe Sumibcay for a 31-yard touchdown. Na Alii was held to just 189 total offensive yards.

It was a dominant performance by Waimea, who had a great turnout of fans at Mililani High School for the program’s first state title.

Bring it Back to the Big Island: Konawaena Wins Emotional Div. I Football Title

Bring it Back to the Big Island: Konawaena Wins Emotional Div. I Football Title

Bring it Back to the Big Island: Konawaena Wins Emotional Div. I Football Title

By: Paul Brecht

MILILANI – Every state title is filled with emotions. For teams, for schools, for entire communities.

In a high-scoring, back-and-forth affair, the Konawaena Wildcats defeated the Waipahu Marauders, 38-28, to win the First Hawaiian Bank/HHSAA Division I state championship.

This one meant a little bit more to Konawaena.

After the tragic death of 2022 Konawaena graduate and former football player Maui Ellis-Noa, the Wildcats dedicated this football season to their former teammate.

Waipahu’s offense came out swinging in the opening quarter, marching down the field on the opening drive with a 13-play, 75-yard bulldozing to take an early 7-0 lead on an Anieli Talaeai six-yard touchdown run.

Following a three-and-out by the offense, Konawaena’s defense turned up the heat on Waipahu’s second possession. The Wildcats forced the Mauraders to punt quickly with a three-and-out of their own, and the Konawaena offense played their part next.

The Wildcats, led by the arm of Keoki Alani and the hands of Zedekiah Anahu-Ambrosio, answered back with a 1-yard run by Anahu-Ambrosio to cap a 10-play, 51-yard drive to tie the game 7-7.

Konawaena then stacked a defensive stop on top of another Anahu-Ambrosio touchdown, this time on a 21-yard connection from Alani, to go up 14-7. Anahu-Ambrosio was flagged for his first unsportsmanlike conduct following the score.

Waipahu looked to answer back with any kind of points and appeared poised to as Xaiver Transfiguracion lined up for a 27-yard field goal try, but it was blocked and returned 81 yards to the house by Chray Flanary to give the Wildcats a 21-7 lead.

Momentum continued to swing in favor of Konawaena, as Waipahu’s Elijah Mendoza was intercepted in Marauders territory.

Alani connected with Anahu-Ambrosio again on the next possession to open up a three-score lead for the Wildcats, but Anahu-Ambrosio’s game would come to an early end as was disqualified for his second unsportsmanlike conduct penalty of the day.

Trailing 28-7, Waipahu continued to fight back, scoring a pair of touchdowns nearly back-to-back before halftime to cut the Wildcats lead to just one score.

The defenses would start the second half out strong, but Konawaena would break the scoring drought first with a one-yard touchdown run from Kaiawe to give the Wildcats a 35-21 lead.

Waipahu once again answered, this time with an 80-yard drive of their own to remain within striking distance of a Konawaena team already down their leading weapon in Anahu-Ambrosio.

That 35-28 deficit was the closest the Marauders would get.

Konawaena iced the game with 1:52 remaining, as Nakoa Ige drilled a 36-yard field goal to give the Wildcats a 38-28 lead.

Alani finished the day with 256 yards passing and a pair of touchdown throws for Konawaena. Anahu-Ambrosio totaled three touchdowns (2 receiving, 1 rushing) before his second quarter ejection. Landon Daquel-Shimabukur filled in for the ejected receiver nicely, chipping in 79 yards over eight receptions.

Konawaena’s first Division I football state championship is one that the Wildcats and the community will never forget, and one that the players and program will cherish with their departed brother forever.

Back to Back: Kahuku Red Raiders Crowned State Champs Again

Back to Back: Kahuku Red Raiders Crowned State Champs Again

Back to Back: Kahuku Red Raiders Crowned State Champs Again

By: Paul Brecht

MILILANI – The Kahuku Red Raiders took down the Punahou Buffanblu, 20-0, to claim the school’s second consecutive First Hawaiian Bank\HHSAA Open Division state championship.

It was the Red Raiders’ 10th state championship in program history

A star-studded Kahuku defensive unit led by University of Texas commit Liona Lefau once again put on a magnificent display against another powerhouse in No. 2 Punahou, who had just come off a 50-plus point scoring outburst in the state semifinals.

The Red Raider offense took over after an opening drive three-and-out from Punahou and immediately got the party started for the Red Wave in attendance. Kahuku used a 12-play, 68-yard drive (capped off by a 1-yard Waika Crawford run) to give Kahuku a 7-0 lead.

The Red Raiders would pull away from Punahou in the 2nd quarter, using the strong legs of junior running back Vaaimalae Fonoti to continue to dominate time of possession throughout the first half. University of Utah-bound wideout/kicker Kainoa Carvalho then helped Kahuku increase the lead to 17-0 heading into the break.

Kahuku’s defense would force four turnovers throughout the evening (three fumbles, one interception) as they kept a Buffanblu rushing attack that averaged almost 295 yards per contest this season to just 62 rushing yards.

The 20-0 final score served as some long-awaited redemption for the Red Raiders as it was the first shutout in the highest level of Hawaii-state championship football since 1999 when St. Louis shutout Kahuku, 19-0. (via Billy Hull/Twitter @billyhull)

Crawford ended the evening passing for 177 yards and running for 69 more to go along with a touchdown run and pass to cap off the senior quarterback’s high school career.

Fonoti tallied 113 yards on the ground on 23 carries for the Red Raiders. Carvalho finished his Kahuku career with seven catches for 79 yards and chipped in a pair of field goals from 21 and 40 yards.