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

Latest news

Stansberry signs

By Brian McInnis on April 16, 2018

The drama — if there was any — over whether Eddie Stansberry would follow up on his verbal commitment and sign with the Hawaii basketball team is officially over. Stansberry put pen to paper on Monday in a ceremony at City College of San Francisco. Congrats to our guys @mikesteady123 and Eddie Stansberry who signed their @NLIinsider today with @HawaiiMBB & @SJSUMBB #wegetplayersout — CCSF Mens Basketball (@SFCityBasketbal) April 16, 2018 That’s Stansberry on the left. Here’s what UH […]

2017-18 MBB Banquet rewind

By Brian McInnis on April 12, 2018

A smaller-than-usual Hawaii basketball postseason banquet still managed to produce some memorable moments on Wednesday night at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Coral Ballroom. There was a silent auction, a recent staple at the UH preseason and postseason hoops fundraisers. There was pretty much the entire 2017-18 team in house, minus departed center Ido Flaisher, who still found a way to dominate the team’s season highlight video (perhaps the biggest upset of the night). And there was, for the first time […]

Stansberry commits

By Brian McInnis on April 2, 2018

Hawaii basketball has a shooter for its 2018 class. City College of San Francisco guard Eddie Stansberry has committed to play for the Rainbow Warriors next season, he told the Star-Advertiser today. Stansberry hit 104 3-pointers his recently completed sophomore season at CCSF, at a 42.8 percent clip for the CCCAA champions, who went 33-1. That’s volume and efficiency, both. It was a pretty drastic improvement from his freshman season, when she shot 30 percent from long range. His scoring […]

Ganot: I did not apply

By Brian McInnis on March 27, 2018

Hawaii basketball coach Eran Ganot would like to further quell the speculation about his status for the vacant head hoops job at the University of San Diego. In the story that ran (free link) in Tuesday’s print edition of the Star-Advertiser, Ganot affirmed his loyalty to UH and downplayed a report that named him and four others as possible candidates for the Toreros job. But the question of whether he applied for it was left out there, hanging. Tuesday night, […]

Ganot, San Diego scuttlebutt

By Brian McInnis on March 26, 2018

The University of San Diego had a sudden opening for head men’s basketball head coach when Lamont Smith resigned earlier this month, about 10 days after his very public arrest at the Oakland airport for a domestic abuse allegation. USD, of the West Coast Conference, continued play without Smith (led by elevated assistant Sam Scholl) and reached the quarterfinals of the postseason Tournament, losing to Northern Colorado to finish the season 20-14 (9-9 WCC). The rumor mill has already […]

Flaisher departs

By Brian McInnis on March 16, 2018

Hawaii basketball’s first departure of the offseason was one of the rare after-season, mid-semester variety. In the days after UH returned from its season-ending loss to UC Irvine in the Big West tournament, center Ido Flaisher made a sudden departure back to his homeland of Israel to begin a three-year term in the Israeli army. Here’s a free link to the story that ran in today’s print edition. Israel has mandatory military service once its citizens reach age 18. There […]

That one hurt

By Brian McInnis on March 9, 2018

Every so often, a basketball game like Thursday night comes around that reminds you to really, really cherish the good times. Hawaii’s 68-67 defeat at the hands of UC Irvine was a gut-wrenching affair that saw the Rainbow Warriors control the first 36 minutes — and then crash and burn in the last four. A combination of poor shot selection, forced and unforced turnovers and UC Irvine’s moxie undid the ‘Bows in season-ending fashion. If you play those last four minutes […]

Gameday: Big West quarterfinals

By Brian McInnis on March 8, 2018

UC Irvine was considered perhaps the toughest first-round draw possible — for anybody, but particularly Hawaii — in the 2018 Big West tournament. As luck had it, Irvine lost to UC Davis in double-overtime in their regular-season finale, swinging the season title to the Aggies and knocking the Anteaters down to third, and into a quarterfinal matchup with the sixth-place Rainbow Warriors. The Anteaters (16-16) defend at an elite level. Hawaii (17-12) generally defends well, but not nearly as consistently […]