Pac West Basketball season underway, using new “pod” schedule

Pac West Basketball season underway, using new “pod” schedule
HPU upsets Hawaii (Source: Hawaii News Now)

HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Pac West Conference winter season got underway this past weekend, utilizing a new “pod” system to accommodate for the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The entire conference is split up into three pods to limit the amount of travel a team needs to do throughout the season and limit any unnecessary exposure — the conference was split into Southern California, Northern California and Hawaii.

For the Hawaii pod, Chaminade, University of Hawaii-Hilo and Hawaii Pacific will play each other in a 12-game conference schedule — this goes for their men’s and women’s basketball programs.

The first go around of the trio occured over the weekend, with HPU taking a trip to the Big Island to face UH-Hilo, while Chaminade was on a bye.

UH-Hilo’s men’s team got the best of HPU, going 2-0 against the Sharks on Saturday and Sunday.

The Vulcans took Saturday’s game with a 79-71 victory at the UHH Gymnasium, with freshman Aniwaniwa Tait-Jones scoring 21 points with 9 rebounds.

Going into game two, Tait-Jones followed his big numbers on Saturday with another stellar showing on Sunday, getting a double-double of 20 points and 11 boards in the Vulcans’ 82-77 routing of the Sharks.

For the women’s, the script was flipped, the Lady Sharks took both games over the weekend, stretching their winning streak to 28 games.

On Saturday, HPU put up monstrous numbers, with four players scoring double digits in their 69-46 win over UH-Hilo — HPU’s Avery Cargill and Ally Bates both accounting for 15 points each.

On Sunday, it was a similar story, HPU’s Olivia West scored a game-high 30 points in their 69-56 victory.

The Pac West Hawaii schedule moves on this week, with a two-game series between HPU and Chaminade at the Shark Tank — both men’s and women’s games are set for Saturday and Sunday.

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