Two teams from Alaska, UAA and UAF, both traveled to the Big Island this past weekend to compete against two Hawaiian teams, Hawaii Pacific University and Chaminade University. After a 12-hour plane ride to Honolulu, the men’s basketball team faced Hawaii Pacific University on Friday, Nov. 9.
Two fouls from Tyler Brimhall early in the game gave Hawaii Pacific University the lead in the first half. Despite the fouls, which put Hawaii Pacific University behind the three point line multiple times, UAA put up a fight and both teams were tied by the eight minute mark.
Junior Niko Bevens was able to score 28 of the 38 points for UAA in the beginning of the game. Hawaii Pacific, on the other hand, came out with a total of 45 points at the end of the first half.
This is Bevens’ first season on the team after previously playing at North Idaho College his freshman year and in Montana his sophomore year. During his sophomore year, he and his team won the Big Sky Conference and made their way to the NCAA Division I Tournament.
Bevens is now tied for first as most 3-pointers made by a Seawolf during one half of a game. He is tied with Casey Robinson who also made seven 3-pointers during a match against Western Oregon in 2011.
HPU maintained their lead at the beginning of the second half. However, a comeback was quickly started thanks to Jack Macdonald, Brimhall and Pearson.
Soon after the eight-minute mark, Pearson was able to sink two buckets and finally put UAA in the lead with a score of 62 – 61. After gaining the lead, the Seawolves made sure to maintain it and ended with a free throw by Brennan Rymer, which made for a final score of 83 – 79.
One of the team captains, Matt Seymour, had insight of the strengths and weaknesses facing the team this season.
“I think we have a good chemistry,” said Seymour. “We’ve formed a really strong bond the few weeks we’ve been practicing. I think defensively will be the hardest part, but we’re getting better.”
The men’s basketball team will be preparing for the Seawolf Jamboree hosted at the Alaska Airlines Center this upcoming weekend.
The men’s team will be competing Friday at 5 p.m. against Northwood University and on Saturday at 5 p.m. against Lake Superior State University. UAF will also be there. Purchasing one ticket for either Friday or Saturday will give you entry to all four games at the jamboree.
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