The Seasider’s men’s basketball team came up short in a 93-90 loss to the Hilo Vulcans on Jan. 14 at the Canon Activities Center, despite their momentum in the end.
The Seasiders were down by twelve points when their offense got a spark off bench from guards Joohan Lee, who led the team in scoring for the game with 19 points, and Gabriel Andrade, who had four steals. Andrade also contributed 12 points. The team shot a blistering 48 percent from three point shots.
The rally came up just short though when guard Shad Watson missed a free throw to tie the game with 11 seconds left in the game.
“We had some good moments in the game, but we have got to be more consistent and have a lot of energy all 40 minutes of the game,” said Andrade, a junior from Brazil majoring in business.
The team’s energy and the comeback pulled the fans into the game. Members of the Fijian Chapter cheered and chanted the whole game, but as the game tightened the student section and other fans started to add their voices and stomp their feet to pick up the volume.
“The game was hype,” said Katelynne Halliday, a sophomore from Utah majoring in art. “You could tell some of our players really didn’t want to give up and it made the game really exciting at the end.”
According to BYU-Hawaii Athletics, the total number in attendance was 439. Many of those attending were located in the student section.
For Lauren Lunt, a junior from California majoring in social work, this was her first game. “It was really fun and exciting,” Lunt said. “Our student section was very spirited and enthusiastic.”