Local leads Hawaii Pacific men’s basketball team

Justin Long, a graduate of Rancho Cucamonga High School and Chaffey College, is having quite a season with the men’s basketball team at NCAA Division II Hawaii Pacific.

Long is averaging 18.6 points and 4.7 rebounds. That scoring average is second in the Pac West Conference. His .936 free-throw percentage is also first.

His trademark long-distance shooting has been stellar. He has hit 23 of 46 tries.

Long scored 35 points for HPU in an 82-75 win over University of British Columbia on Wednesday.

Last month Long earned conference player of the week honors for his showing in a 79-69 win over BYU-Hawaii in which he tallied 19 points and seven rebounds.