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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Football Throwbacks: UNLV

By Brian McInnis on November 17, 2018

There’s a lot on the line on senior night tonight against UNLV. A winning season, a Hawaii Bowl berth, and a general sense of accomplishment for the Rainbow Warriors are all at stake for a team that’s lost four straight. UH leads the all-time series against UNLV 15-12, but the Rebels have taken the meeting the last three years. Back on Sept. 29, 1984, UH was also sliding into its home date with Vegas. Dick Tomey’s team was 0-3, having […]

Wahine high on big signing class

By Brian McInnis on November 15, 2018

The Hawaii women’s basketball team bolstered its ranks considerably with the 2019 early signing period. Four of the players were mentioned on Warrior World previously. Those four are all incoming freshmen. They are: >> Nae Nae Calhoun, a 5-4 point guard out of JW North (Calif.) High >> Olivia Davies, a 5-9 combo guard out of Wasilla (Alaska) High >> MaKayla Edwards, a 5-10 guard/forward out of Salesian College (Calif.) Prep >> Kasey Neubert, a 6-0 forward out of Highlands […]

Soccer signs 7

By Brian McInnis on November 14, 2018

It was a productive signing day for Michele Nagamine and the Hawaii soccer team. The Rainbow Wahine added seven players, including one local prospect, for the 2019 season. All were officially announced on the national signing day Wednesday. It’s a defender-heavy class, at least going by their listed positions. UH just lost seniors Raisa Strom-Okimoto (F/M) and Sarah Lau (M) from a 9-7-1 (4-4 Big West) season that saw the fifth-place Wahine narrowly miss out on their first Big West […]

‘Bows get ‘punked’ by North Texas

By Brian McInnis on November 11, 2018

There was a connection to be drawn between the moth that flitted freely about the Stan Sheriff Court, with public address man Billy V in hot pursuit, and Hawaii attempting to chase down the dynamic North Texas team that darted off to a big lead on Sunday. Billy V eventually caught the moth, but Hawaii never came close to running down North Texas. The Rainbow Warriors absorbed a 68-51 beatdown in the de facto championship game of the Outrigger Resorts […]

Humboldt beginnings for UH bigs

By Brian McInnis on November 10, 2018

The bench was emptied and the behemoths stepped forth with giant strides. Hawaii, for the first time this young season, played all three of its 7-foot freshmen on Saturday night. Two of them — Mate Colina and Dawson Carper — appeared before the game was decided, while the third, Owen Hulland, got his first action of the 2018-19 season in the final few minutes of UH’s 90-54 blowout of Division II Humboldt State to improve to 2-0. “They played tremendously,” guard […]

‘Bows open at their collective best

By Brian McInnis on November 9, 2018

Hawaii played something more akin to hot potato than basketball for much of Friday night’s 2018-19 season opener against Portland. The Rainbow Warriors peppered the ball around the halfcourt and even a little in transition. It rarely stuck to anyone’s mitts for long, and the box score bore witness — UH assisted on 22 of its 31 field goals and had just nine turnovers in the 82-64 win on Friday night. Even without UH’s top returning scorer, Sheriff Drammeh, in action, […]

Who will lead 2018-19 ‘Bows in scoring?

By Brian McInnis on November 8, 2018

As the 2018-19 gets underway for the Hawaii men’s basketball team on Friday night, an interesting question arises: Who will be the Rainbow Warriors’ leading scorer? Usually, you’ve got a couple of clear-cut responses to that query. Fifth-year senior Mike Thomas was the logical leader going into 2017-18 and followed through with a team-best 13.1 points per game. You had a feeling Noah Allen would emerge as the guy the year before that. But this year? You could make a […]

Beeman: ‘We’ll be more than OK’ after opening loss

By Brian McInnis on November 7, 2018

Pepperdine guard Paige Fecske sprinted along the baseline, came around a curl and launched a stop-and-pop 3 that circled the rim and dropped through with 10 seconds left, a successful designed play by the trailing (now leading) Waves coming out of a timeout. Hawaii was unable to respond in kind — its play after timeout was busted and newcomer Savannah Reier had the best option remaining, a tough mid-range leaner that came up short with about five or four seconds […]