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Seasiders focused on their goal

Ken Wagner Ken Wagner
Trenson Akana Trenson Akana
Jimmy Miyasaka Jimmy Miyasaka
Lucas Alves Lucas Alves

By Jason Tang - bio | email

LAIE (KHNL) - Playing in a West regional final is a familiar position for the BYU Hawaii men's basketball team.

However, it's the unfamiliar they're more interested in. Last year the Seasiders lost in the finals in Alaska, this year they're looking to advance to the programs first ever elite eight.

"This would be very big and also we have so many returners, gives them the experience to be ready for next year as well," said Seasiders head coach Ken Wagner.

"This is a nice little reward to play at home, especially for me, I'm here from Hawaii, and it's nice to play in front of the fans," said Trenson Akana.

Trenson is the only player from the aloha state on the BYU Hawaii roster, but he won't be the only local boy on the court. Jimmy Miyasaka, a Kaimuki graduate, plays for Cal Poly Pomona, and he's just as excited to be back in his home state.

"Who ever would've imagined for a local boy like me to play in front of my home crowd and my home fans, even though I'm the opposing team, it's still great to be back in the Islands," said Miyasaka.

Both teams come in with double digit win streaks. Cal Poly hasn't lost since January 24th, and the Seasiders only loss this season happened in December. BYU Hawaii believes a win will come down to a couple things.

"First of all we have to play as a team, this year we have broke a lot of records, but it doesn't mean anything if don't get beyond this point, that's what we've come to, to get to this point and go farther and farther as we can," said junior center Lucas Alves.

"We have a lot of people with a lot of heart, I think whoever has the biggest heart comes out victorious," said Akana.

The game tips Wednesday at 7:30pm at the Cannon Activities Center in Laie.

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