Elliott DeFreitas has helped lead Hawai’i Pacific University Sharks to an NCAA Division II tournament berth after their first PacWest Conference Tournament Championship with an 82-73 win over Point Loma on Saturday.
DeFreitas and the Sharks (28-2) won both the regular season and tournament titles and advance to the NCAA Division II Tournament for the first time since 1999.
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The County Upper product, who spent two years at Des Moines Area Community College before joining HPU, had 6 points and 4 rebounds on 3/4 shooting in the championship final, as he is averaging 8.8 points, and 5 rebounds in under 19 minutes per game on the season.
“Going into my Senior season I know I wanted to achieve as much as possible and go out with a bang,” the 6’10” Senior told Hoopsfix.
“We had a bunch of big wins this year, so that only allowed us to keep our momentum and confidence high.
“It has been a great year for me and my team but now we must focus on the National Tournament as we are not done yet.
“Overall I have had a great experience in the states, winning 3 Conference Championships (other 2 at previous school) in four years. This is something that I am very proud of and will keep with me forever.”
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