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It was the first time in nearly five years Chaminade faced off against the University of Hawaii at Manoa. The game started fast and didn’t let up till the final whistle. The game went back and forth for most of the first half, with the Swords holding an early 15 -12 advantage, off a Patrick Collier three, seven minutes into the game.
If you haven’t seen 6-foot-8-inch Mohamed Tangara walking around campus, you haven’t been looking hard enough. Tangara originates from Bamako, Mali, and has only been in the United States for eight years. He comes to Chaminade from Arizona State University, where he played three years of collegiate basketball and received his degree in family studies human development.
A year filled with thrilling wins, dramatic comebacks, and a historic first-time appearance in the Division-II poll, ended with a disappointing 62 to 83 defeat to conference rival BYUH in their fourth meeting of the season. If that wasn’t a bitter pill to swallow, in the three previous match-ups Chaminade won all of them (73-69, 76-70, 67-65). The salt in the wound would be that it was the second round of the NCAA Division-II tournament.