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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Stansberry talks the talk against Alabama A&M

By Brian McInnis on December 29, 2018

Eddie Stansberry shot the shot. He proved he could talk the talk, too. Perhaps inspired by the return of chatterbox teammate Sheriff Drammeh, the usually mild-mannered Stansberry exchanged some good-natured smack talk with Alabama A&M players late in Hawaii’s 71-63 win over the Bulldogs to close out nonconference play with a 9-5 record. The junior college transfer had career highs of 26 points and six 3-pointers. In the final minutes, he and Jack Purchase combined to squelch a 9-0 AAMU […]

Raimo joins elite company

By Brian McInnis on December 26, 2018

Hawaii basketball forward Zigmars Raimo joined some exclusive company when he was named to the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic all-tournament team on Christmas. He was joined by tournament MVP Alex Robinson and Jaylen Fisher of tourney champion TCU, Jordan Barnes of runner-up Indiana State and Nate Sestina of third-place Bucknell. In the DHC’s 10 years, only six Rainbow Warriors have been named to the all-tourney team. The junior from Latvia had seven points and seven rebounds against UNLV, 14 […]

Christmas is green and bright for ‘Bows

By Brian McInnis on December 25, 2018

This kind of finish to the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic did not seem especially likely a few days ago. Yet Hawaii went from merely salvaging a game in its premiere tournament to putting together — on the fly — the kind of run that could last well into conference play. A 68-60 defeat of Rhode Island of the Atlantic 10 on Christmas lent credence to the notion that UH’s overtime upset of Colorado was no fluke two days prior. […]

‘Bows rebound in big way

By Brian McInnis on December 23, 2018

There’s rebounding, and then there’s what Hawaii did on Sunday against Colorado. The Rainbow Warriors went from getting outdone soundly on the glass to UNLV, to polishing the windows at both ends in a thrilling 70-62 overtime comeback win over the Buffaloes in the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic consolation semifinals Sunday. UH won the battle of the boards 48-35 about 24 hours after losing it 44-29. But it was a rebound of a performance in general; UH was deflated […]

UNLV punishes UH for its shortcomings

By Brian McInnis on December 22, 2018

Ouch. What else can you say after Hawaii was taken apart in the second half of its Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic opener against UNLV of the Mountain West? “I appreciated our fight-back at the end there to give us an opportunity with two and a half, three minutes left,” UH coach Eran Ganot said. “But we just had too many lapses in a lot of areas.” The Runnin’ Rebels sped away for a 73-59 victory, sending the Rainbow Warriors […]

2019 Diamond Head field revealed

By Brian McInnis on December 21, 2018

A day out from the 10th edition of the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic, the 11th DHC field was revealed. Host Hawaii will be joined by Ball State (Mid-American), Boise State (Mountain West), Georgia Tech (Atlantic Coast), Houston (American Athletic), Portland (West Coast), UTEP (Conference USA) and Washington (Pac-12). Boise State (2013) and UTEP (2011) are returning participants. The Broncos (who now boast former UH assistant Chris Acker as an assistant coach) defeated the Rainbow Warriors 62-61 in the 2013 […]

‘Bows break in Gym II

By Brian McInnis on December 20, 2018

It had that new car smell. Lighting, acoustics, temperature, playing surface, shot clocks, cameras, you name it. The new and improved Gym II was an upgrade in all facets over the previous version of itself. The Hawaii men’s basketball team became the first outfit to use the refurbished, climate-controlled facility this afternoon. “Unbelievable,” was the general takeaway from the players and coaches. The place looked pretty accurate to the mock-up (if you click that link, scroll down for the photo) […]

Holiday trip an annual rite for Wahine

By Brian McInnis on December 18, 2018

UPDATE: UH defeated UNLV 66-61 in overtime on the first day of the Duel in the Desert, and first game of the holiday trip. UPDATE PART II: UH was routed 73-48 by Megan Huff and Utah in the Duel title game. UPDATE PART III: UH lost a tough one in overtime at Nevada to cap off the three-game road trip. It’s a Laura Beeman staple. The Hawaii women’s basketball team has traveled to the West Coast — or slightly inland […]