Silverswords holds off rival Sharks in thrilling finish, 71-68

Silverswords holds off rival Sharks in thrilling finish, 71-68

 

Silverswords holds off rival Sharks in thrilling finish, 71-68

BY MICHAEL LASQUERO | HSRN
PUBLISHED JAN 19, 2024

HONOLULU — This one came down to the wire.

Ross Reeves scored 20 — including the final two points with under seven seconds to play — as the Chaminade men’s basketball team outlasted visiting Hawai’i Pacific, 71-68, before a crowd of 236 Thursday night at McCabe Gymnasium.

The Silverswords snapped a three-game losing streak with the victory as they improved to 7-13 overall and 3-9 in PacWest play.

The Sharks (9-6, 4-3) saw four players score in double figures with Maj Dusanic leading the way with 16 points.

Dominique Winbush was the last HPU player to reach the double-digit mark, which came on a triple to make it a 69-68 game with under 40 seconds to play in regulation. His potential game-tying 3-pointer was wide left off the mark as the fourth quarter buzzer sounded.

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Silverswords come up short to the Urban Knights, 67-58

Silverswords come up short to the Urban Knights, 67-58

 

SILVERSWORDS COME UP SHORT TO THE URBAN KNIGHTS, 67-58

BY MICHAEL LASQUERO | HSRN
PUBLISHED JAN 14, 2024

HONOLULU — The first home game of 2024 was not a winning one for the Chaminade men’s basketball team.

The Silverswords could not overcome a tough first-half stretch as they fell to visiting Academy of Art, 67-58, at McCabe Gymnasium Saturday afternoon.

Chaminade held a 10-6 lead in the first half before giving up a 10-0 run that it didn’t recover from as it trailed 30-20 at the break. The Silverswords made the second half competitive and won the frame, 38-37, but came up short as they fell to 6-12 overall and 2-8 in the PacWest standings.

Four players scored in double figures for the Urban Knights (10-5, 6-2) as they were led by Rodney Munson’s 20 points on 7 of 10 shooting (5 of 8 from beyond the arc).

Ross Reeves scored 20 points with six assists and Isaac Amaral-Artharee chipped in 12 points to lead Chaminade in the loss.

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Chaminade drops heartbreaker to Academy of Art, 74-68

Chaminade drops heartbreaker to Academy of Art, 74-68

 

Chaminade drops heartbreaker to academy of art, 74-68

BY MICHAEL LASQUERO | HSRN
PUBLISHED JAN 14, 2024

HONOLULU — They almost had it.

After taking an eight-point lead at the half, the Chaminade women’s basketball team lost a tough one Saturday afternoon to Academy of Art, 74-68 at McCabe Gymnasium.

The Silverswords were seeking their first win in almost two months as they dropped to 2-11 overall and 0-6 in PacWest play.

Paint presence played a big factor in the second half as the Urban Knights outrebounded Chaminade, 51 to 37. They also had six blocks to the Silverswords’ one.

Four players scored in double figures for Academy of Art (4-10, 3-5), with two players notching double-doubles. Alba Rovira Ayuso led all scorers with 24 points on 9 of 18 shooting to go along with 10 rebounds and four steals.

Leading Chaminade in the loss was Sameera Elmasri and Ashley Holen, who scored 13 and 11 points respectively.

The Silverswords will try to snap an 11-game losing streak when they host Dominican on Monday.

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How Adjusting to Change for Chaminade’s Brandon Yasue Became Second Nature

How Adjusting to Change for Chaminade’s Brandon Yasue Became Second Nature

How Adjusting to Change for Chaminade’s Brandon Yasue Became Second Nature 

BY PAUL BRECHT | HONOLULU
PUBLISHED AUG 4, 2023

HONOLULU — To anyone that knows his story, it should come as no surprise that Brandon Yasue has basically mastered the art of adapting on the fly.

He’s done it his entire life.

Chaminade men’s soccer has gone through a tumultuous time trying to keep the same coach during the Kaiser (‘18) graduate’s tenure on the squad. Yasue has played for three different head coaches during his five years in the program. 

For some, that much change can de-rail the path an athlete was on. For Yasue, he only continues to climb the all-time record book ladder despite some absurd circumstances. He attributes some of that flexibility to his younger days of bouncing from sport-to-sport, six different sports over 17 seasons, that is.

The Swords men’s soccer team’s final wall of defense honed his craft by bouncing on the volleyball and basketball courts, frequenting the bowling alley, putting the “field” in track and field while also participating in both football and soccer. 

He was a four-year starter for the Kaiser varsity boys’ soccer team, helping the Cougars to three separate HHSAA D1 title game appearances. He was recognized for his efforts as a multi-time All-OIA 1st-team selection.

As the years went on, it became more difficult for the avid sports lover to continue participating in all the activities he had come to love. 

Trust, it was not for lack of effort. 

“As the years went on, I just continued to play and they were like ‘Hey, do you want to choose a sport?’” he remembered his parents asking. 

As any kid who loved playing sports would do, he made the reasonable choice for his parents with only one question attached:

“Yeah, I want to choose all of them. Can I choose all of them?” 

While it was easier to play all the sports when he was younger, Yasue found that high school sports would bring some more administrative red tape than youth sports did. Despite his best efforts, he couldn’t play three sports in one season, leading to him cutting baseball off his activity list. 

“You can’t be at three fields at the same time,” the sixth-year goalkeeper joked. 

Yasue also talked about some of his favorite memories from growing up at an OIA school, sharing stories of potlucks from pre-COVID-19 times. The best part of it all, though, was how big high school sports in Hawai’i felt to him. 

“High school [in Hawai’i] is just so much bigger than it is on the mainland,” said Yasue. “I feel like high school sports in general is just like college from the mainland. We take high school sports in general; we go big.” 

He spoke glowingly of his experience at Kaiser, referencing the feeling that he always has support coming from coaches to teachers and staff alike. Despite graduating five years ago, he still sees familiar Kaiser faces in the stands of his games and reaching out to check on him. 

“I’m still in contact with a lot of those coaches… they’re just so supportive,” Yasue shared. “I think the biggest thing that Kaiser has done for me is that support.” 

That support has helped him through some rough college times. With constant turnover in the program, a global pandemic and the normal everyday stress that comes with college life, a little boost went a long way in propelling him towards success as well.

Despite it all, Yasue has kept chugging along and taking advantage of life as best he can. He will be using his fifth season of eligibility this year, a benefit to student-athletes who had COVID-19 impact a season of their college career, while also getting his master’s degree. He is a four-time Academic All-PacWest honoree.

On the pitch, the goalkeeper looks to improve his all-time Chaminade ranking. He sits in third in saves (143 career saves) and games played and started as a goalkeeper for the Swords (28 and 30, respectively).

The conversation goes over how Yasue ended up at Chaminade (despite two prior college commitments) for his first year of college, the meaning of having local support still, what he would like to do with his bachelor’s degree (and soon-to-be master’s degree) in the Criminal Justice field and much more. 

Brandon Yasue may have given up baseball years ago, but he is always ready for whatever curveball life will throw at him next. 

The proof is everywhere, he won’t buckle.