It’s time to get down to serious business for the University of Hawaii at Hilo basketball teams.
With all nonconference action behind them, both the Vulcan men and women return to PacWest Conference games on Thursday.
UHH hosts Notre Dame de Namur at 5 p.m. Thursday in a women’s contest, followed by the men at 7:30 p.m.
The Vulcan men are 2-8 overall and 0-2 in the PacWest. NDNU is 2-8 and 1-1. Grand Canyon (12-2 overall) tops the conference with a 3-0 record.
The Lady Vulcans are 3-5 overall and 0-2 in conference. The Argonauts are 1-9 and 0-2. Dixie State (6-5) leads the PacWest with a 4-0 record and Grand Canyon (11-3) is 3-0. After Thursday’s games at UHH, the Vulcans host PacWest foe Dominican University (Calif.) on Saturday with the women playing at 5 p.m. and the men at 7:30 p.m.
Dominican’s men’s team is 6-4 and 0-2; the women, 2-8 and 1-1.
Note: UHH senior Michael Melonas has been named the PacWest Player of the Week, for Dec. 24-30.
In the only UHH game, Melonas had 26 points and 13 rebounds as the Vuls beat Champion Baptist University 116-54. He also had four assists and three steals in 25 minutes of action.