BYU-Hawaii, Dominican lock up berths in inaugural PacWest Men’s Basketball Tournament

DeAndre Medlock AZUSA, Calif. – BYU-Hawaii and Dominican each locked up berths in the inaugural Pacific West Conference Men's Basketball Championship Tournament March 7-9 at Azusa Pacific University's Felix Center in Azusa, Calif.

BYU-Hawaii clinched its playoff berth in the early morning hours when the Seasiders, ironically, knocked off Azusa Pacific 77-69 on Monday evening, Feb. 18, in Laie, Hawai'i.

Pablo Coro hit five three-pointers en route to a game-high 18 points for the Seasiders, while Brady Hurst came off the bench to pour in 14 points.

The Seasiders are 13-10 overall and 10-5 in the PacWest and will embark on a two-game road trip to Dixie State and Grand Canyon before closing out the season vs. Hawai'i Hilo on March 2.

Dominican used 20 points each from Devin Golston and Jammall Clark – who scored 18 of his points in the second half – to rally by Academy of Art 87-84 on Tuesday night, Feb. 19, in San Francisco. The Penguins actually led by 11 points early in the contest before staging the comeback that secured them a berth in the post-season.

Golston gave Dominican (14-10/10-6 PacWest) the lead for good at 81-80 when he drained a basket with 2:15 to play; then, he delivered a key block at the opposite end of the court with a minute to go that led to a driving hoop by Clark for a thee-point edge with 24.7 seconds remaining in regulation.

With 14 seconds left, Dominique Taplin, who scored 12 points, sank two free throws to extend his streak of made foul shots to 39 of his last 42. Clark sealed the victory with a pair of free throws with .8 on the clock.

Ten of the 12 berths now have been secured for the 2013 Pacific West Conference Men's and Women's Basketball Championship Tournaments.

In addition to BYU-Hawaii and Dominican, teams already in the men's tournament field include Chaminade, Dixie State and Grand Canyon.

Academy of Art, Dixie State, Grand Canyon, Hawai'i Hilo and Hawai'i Pacific have snapped up five of the six women's playoff slots.

Advance tickets for the inaugural PacWest men's and women's basketball championship tournaments are on sale and may be purchased online by clicking PacWest Basketball Tournament, or by calling the Felix Event Center Box Office at 626-815-5494.

The first PacWest men's and women's basketball tournaments since the conference reformed in its current configuration for the 2006-07 athletic season will be held inside the 3,500-seat Felix Event Center.

The top six eligible teams will be seeded 1-6 in each of the men's and women's tournaments.

Tournament Schedule

Thursday, March 7

  • Women - #6 seed vs. #3 seed - 12:30 p.m. PST
  • Women - #4 seed vs. #5 seed - 3 p.m. PST
  • Men - #6 seed vs. #3 seed - 5:30 p.m. PST
  • Men - #4 seed vs. #5 seed - 8 p.m. PST

Friday, March 8

  • Women - #6/#3 winner vs. #2 seed - 12:30 p.m. PST
  • Women - #4/#5 winner vs. #1 seed - 3 p.m. PST
  • Men - #6/#3 winner vs. #2 seed - 5:30 p.m. PST
  • Men - #4/#5 winner - #1 seed - 8 p.m. PST

Saturday, March 9

  • Women's Championship - 4:30 p.m. PST
  • Men's Championship - 7:30 p.m. PST

Tickets may be purchased each day of the tournament at the box office that will open one hour before each session. To ensure tickets, fans are encouraged to reserve their seats in advance.

A 12-game, three-day All-Tournament Pass for adults is just $35 – or less than $3 per game – while a One-Day Pass is $15 for adults.

The 12-game, three-day All-Tournament Pass is $25 for seniors (60 and better), children (ages 7-17), college students (with ID) and military personnel (with ID). The One-Day Pass for these fans is $10.

Azusa Pacific and the PacWest jointly are spearheading a drive to bring youth sports teams and groups to the tournament at no charge.

"Any youth sports teams or youth organizations that would like to attend the tournament may do so at no cost," Hogue explained. "Coaches of the teams or leaders of the youth organizations will be admitted free. Parents of the players or members of these organizations will be admitted at half-price."

Parents of youth athletes and group members who attend with their child may purchase a One-Day Pass for $7.50. Children 6 and under will be admitted free.

Coaches and youth organization leaders (such as Boy and Girl Scouts, church youth groups, public, private and charter school classes, Little League, etc.) may register their groups by contacting Tom Di Camillo, the assistant commissioner for media relations, by e-mail at tom.dicamillo@thepacwest.com, or by phone at 480-983-6605.

To receive free admittance, all groups must wear team uniforms or some type of identifying clothing (T-shirts for example) representing the organization. All students in the group must be eighth grade or below due to NCAA rules.

While Azusa Pacific will host the three-day event, the Cougars - along with California Baptist, Fresno Pacific, Holy Names and Point Loma - will not be eligible for the tournament since all five institutions are continuing their transition toward full NCAA II membership.

Nine of the PacWest's 14 institutions are eligible to compete this season, including Academy of Art, BYU-Hawaii, Chaminade, Dixie State, Dominican, Grand Canyon, Hawai'i Hilo, Hawai'i Pacific and Notre Dame de Namur.