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Cham­i­nade Sil­ver­sword re­views the up-and-down UH War­rior matchup

MidWeek Islander (East Oahu) - - FRONT PAGE - By JACK DANILEWICZ

The fi­nal score­board tab­u­la­tion aside — Hawaii 70, Cham­i­nade 61 — the shots heard ’round Manoa last week were de­liv­ered by Cham­i­nade’s Shane Han­son. His four 3-point­ers in the first half staked the Sil­ver­swords out to a 38-25 half­time lead be­fore a late Hawaii rally sealed the ver­dict for the host Rain­bows. Not lost on the on­look­ers at Stan Sher­iff Cen­ter and by a statewide TV au­di­ence was Han­son’s per­for­mance.

“It was one of the most upand-down bas­ket­ball games I’ve ever been a part of,” Han­son said. A Canyon Lake, Calif., na­tive, he scored a teamhigh 18 points for Cham­i­nade in that con­test and was also re­cently named the Pa­cific West Con­fer­ence Player of the Week af­ter av­er­ag­ing 11 points and eight re­bounds in games ver­sus Mary­land, Van­der­bilt and Colorado at the Maui In­vi­ta­tional at the end of Novem­ber.

Han­son took some time away from fi­nal ex­ams and the hard­wood last week to an­swer some ques­tions from Mid­Week’s East Oahu Is­lan­der.

Who’s had the big­gest im­pact on you in your life?

My fa­ther (Neal). He’s my best friend in ev­ery­thing. If I can be half the man that he is when I get older, I’ll be happy.

What’s the best part of play­ing col­lege bas­ket­ball at Cham­i­nade?

Def­i­nitely play­ing in the Maui In­vi­ta­tional be­cause of the com­pe­ti­tion and the na­tional ex­po­sure. Every­one has an op­por­tu­nity to watch you back home. It is one of the main rea­sons I came to Cham­i­nade.

Your per­for­mance against Hawaii went a long way in giv­ing you guys a chance to win last week. Do you feel like you’re play­ing your best bas­ket­ball of the sea­son? I’d been in a lit­tle slump lately. I feel good, but I’m still not shoot­ing as good as I can. But the UH game was def­i­nitely one of the bet­ter halves that I’ve had.

In ad­di­tion to its proud bas­ket­ball tra­di­tion, Cham­i­nade is known for be­ing a close-knit com­mu­nity. How have you en­joyed cam­pus life there? I came from a very big in­sti­tu­tion (UCDavis) with over 550 peo­ple in a class some­times. I en­joy the smaller classes at Cham­i­nade and the re­la­tion­ships within the class­room. It’s very small com­mu­nity.

Who is your most com­pet­i­tive team­mate in prac­tice? ( Fresh­man for­ward and La­guna Beach, Calif., na­tive) Ryan Lawler. He doesn’t take a play off. He’s will­ing to do what­ever it takes towin. I have the ut­most re­spect for that kid.

What is your least fa­vorite house­hold chore? I live in an apart­ment by my­self, so ev­ery house­hold duty is my duty and my duty only. I would say clean­ing the bath­room. I don’t know what it is about Hawaii, but it seems to get dirty.

What movie could you watch over and over again? The Ul­ti­mate Gift. It’s an in­spi­ra­tional movie.

What’s cur­rently in your iPod? Jack John­son and John Mayer. I like mel­low mu­sic and coun­try.

Col­lege kids are known to en­joy video games as a stress-re­liever. Do you play video games? What are your fa­vorites? I love video games when I’m not play­ing bas­ket­ball. I have an Xbox 360 and a PS2 and a Play Sta­tion IV for the road when we travel. My fa­vorite (Xbox) game is Call of Duty.

What’s your fa­vorite road des­ti­na­tion in the Pa­cific West Con­fer­ence? San Fran­cisco. I have a lot of friends and fam­ily there I can visit. It is the clos­est I get to home.

You’re stuck on the Is­land of Ka­hoolawe. You have an end­less sup­ply of one food. What would it be? I love food. This is a tough one. It’s not the most nu­tri­tional, but I’d have to say licorice — Red Vines and Twiz­zlers — cherry.

If you could have your pick, who would be your “celebrity date” for Satur­day night? It was Jes­sica Simp­son for awhile, but she’s 5-(foot) 2 and I am 6-6, so I’ll say Me­gan Fox.

Con­tact Jack Danilewicz at Jack­ster.1969@ya­hoo.com.

CU’s Shane Han­son goes up for a jump shot, show­cas­ing his bas­ket­ball skills. Photo from Cham­i­nade.

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