Local boys Randan Berinobis and Maikai Gahan were more than ready to keep the surge going, but the numbers, not to mention Hawaii Pacific, wouldn’t allow for it.
Berinobis, a senior and Hilo High graduate, posted a career-high 31 points Tuesday night, but the Vulcans saw a modest two-game winning streak end in a 88-75 loss at Moanalua High School in Honolulu.
Niksha Frederico, a transfer from San Diego State, led the Sharks (12-10, 7-7 Pacific West Conference) with 23 points and 13 rebounds, and Hawaii Pacific was 12 of 23 from 3-point range.
Instead of merely missing two players from their original starting backcourt, UHH (6-14, 5-8) missed a third. Ryley Callaghan was suspended one game by the conference for his part in an altercation last week against Fresno Pacific.
“It was a tremendous effort,” coach GE Coleman said in release. “No matter what, we will always play hard. Randan is our poster child for that. He stepped up in a big way tonight.”
Berinobis’ previous career-high was 17 – a mark he reached three times – but easily surpassed that total, hitting 9 of 16 from the field – 5 of 7 from 3-point range – and 8-of-10 free throws.
Gahan, a Waiakea graduate, made four 3-pointers en route to a career-high 12 points. Devin Johnson added 19 points and nine rebounds.
The Vuls, who shot 39.7 percent, head to the mainland for five games, beginning with a Saturday game at Dixie State.
• Women’s basketball
Hawaii Pacific 75, UH-Hilo 36: The Vulcans simply ran into a buzzsaw.
Top in the PacWest and nationally ranked, the Sharks (19-2, 13-1) won their 15th game in a row, holding UH-Hilo to 28.6 percent shooting and outrebounding the Vuls 44-24.
Danielle Dacosta scored 11 points and Allie Navarette added 10 for UHH (6-10, 4-9), which trailed 35-13 at halftime.
Hawaii Pacific’s largest lead was 41. Jessi Reeves led five HPU players in double figures with 14 points and 10 rebounds.
Senior Cyanne Fernandez went the distance for her fourth victory before Leah Gonzalez allowed 13 hits during a split against Montana State-Billings in Las Vegas. UHH won 3-2 then lost 6-3.
In defeat, Isabelle Mejia hit her third home run and Kacie Freudenberge launched her second. In victory, Mejia each finished 2 for 3.
Fernandez (4-0) didn’t allow an earne run, allowing six hits and a walk with six strikeouts. Brinell Kaleikini hit a run-scoring double for the Vulcans (5-2). Montana State-Billings is also 5-2.
Gonzalez (1-1) worked 5 1/3 innings and yielded 11 singles and two doubles. Billie Derleth didn’t allow a hit in relief.