Court Sense

Expanded coverage of Rainbow Warriors basketball, including practice notes, game analysis, recruiting info and observations on the Big West Conference.

About the blog host

Brian McInnis has covered sports on Oahu full time since 2007, when he joined the Honolulu Star-Bulletin staff as a general reporter. He’s been the UH basketball beat writer since the 2008-09 season. In his free time, Brian enjoys hilarious Internet videos. Follow him on twitter @Brian_McInnis

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Rainbow Warrior basketball: ‘Bows win Valentine’s rock fight

By Brian McInnis on February 14, 2019

Most of the Valentine’s Day match between Hawaii and Cal Poly was a battle only a mother could love. A typical rock fight between the teams ensued basically right after tipoff Thursday night. But as has been the case in most of the Mustangs-Rainbow Warriors battles of late, the ‘Bows had more rocks in their satchel, resulting in a 75-54 Rainbow Warriors runaway. It was billed as the night that Jack Purchase would likely own the Hawaii career 3-point record […]

Rainbow Wahine basketball: Who’s got next?

By Brian McInnis on February 13, 2019

UPDATE: Courtney Middap had next; she scored 14 points and UH had one of its deepest bench efforts of the season in beating UCSB 72-49 on Wednesday night. It’s been anyone’s guess as to who will rise to the occasion on a game-to-game basis for the Hawaii women’s basketball team. That’s had a hand in some unpredictable results this season. As was mentioned in Wednesday’s print edition, a bevy of players — nine — have led the Rainbow Wahine in scoring […]

Baseball ‘Bows prepare for alums, Grand Slam

By Brian McInnis on February 8, 2019

It’s a regular refrain for coaches and athletes doing preseason interviews to celebrate “seeing someone new” or “not having to go against ourselves” once actual games are set to begin. In the case of the Hawaii baseball team this weekend, seeing someone new involves seeing someone old. The annual alumni game is 11 a.m. Saturday. Admission is free. No official roster has been issued for the alums yet, but word is knuckleballer Steven Wright of the Boston Red Sox could […]

Softball socks Georgia State to open 2019

By Brian McInnis on February 8, 2019

It was the start Bob Coolen was looking for. Hawaii crushed Georgia State 8-0 in five mercy-shortened innings late Thursday night to launch the 2019 season, as sixth-year senior Brittany Hitchcock tossed a one-hitter and Callee Heen and Nicole Lopez paced the Rainbow Wahine at the plate. “That was something we haven’t done in a long time, is come out on the first night and really pound the ball,” said Coolen, who launched his 28th season. “Pitching was there — […]

Alexander takes step forward

By Brian McInnis on February 7, 2019

UPDATE: The Rainbow Wahine pulled out a 70-68 road win at UC Irvine on Thursday, extending their road winning streak to three games. Jadynn Alexander scored five points on one shot from the field and two free-throw attempts. The Hawaii women’s basketball team has a collection of defensive-minded guards that coach Laura Beeman can call upon in a pinch. Savannah Reier. Rachel Odumu. And Jadynn Alexander. Of the three, Alexander has emerged as the biggest two-way threat for the Rainbow […]

Avea takes his shot to Long Beach

By Brian McInnis on February 5, 2019

Hawaii takes another shot at its first Big West men’s basketball victory at Long Beach State on Thursday. Sophomore wing Samuta Avea is taking his shot, too. “We haven’t done well in the Pyramid, so we’re ready to change that,” Avea said with conviction in front of assembled media outside the Stan Sheriff Center. Behind him, the team prepared to board the bus to the airport at noon Tuesday. For one of the first times in his young career, he […]

Jaylen Jasper reflects on island time

By Brian McInnis on February 3, 2019

Even minutes after Stanford fell in straight sets to Hawaii for the second time in three nights, Cardinal opposite Jaylen Jasper was filled with appreciation, not disappointment. His perspective? It was a pretty cool trip for someone with his family history. Jasper is the son of two former Hawaii athletes, but had never visited the islands until arriving for this weekend’s games with his Cardinal teammates. He was born in California and calls Annapolis, Md., home. “It’s a beautiful state,” […]

Gaucho oucho

By Brian McInnis on February 3, 2019

There are setbacks, and then there’s what happened to Hawaii on Saturday night. UC Santa Barbara thoroughly demolished the Rainbow Warriors in the second half in rolling to a 75-54 road victory, turning what was a battle for temporary top-three standing in the Big West into a referendum on who can and can’t compete for a title in the conference. The lackluster way UH played, and as sound as Santa Barbara was at both ends, led one to believe that […]