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Rainbow Warriors basketball: Critical juncture

By Brian McInnis on March 21, 2019

Kick back, relax and take in one of the best sports days of the year today. Heck, do it again tomorrow, and through the rest of March as the madness unfolds. When you do, consider this: It’s already been three years since the Hawaii men’s basketball team enjoyed its finest hour on the national stage, upsetting No. 4 seed California in the NCAA Tournament first round in Spokane, Wash. Roderick Bobbitt, Stefan Jankovic and Aaron Valdes, and a host of […]

Game Night: ‘Bows vs. 49ers

By Stephen Tsai on March 14, 2019

It’s game night with fourth-seeded UH and No. 5 Long Beach State meeting in the opening round of the Big West tournament. The Rainbow Warriors are at ease in Orange County with this being their 10th day on the road. With their final regular-season game against Cal State Fullerton, the ‘Bows did not even have to change hotels. Eran Ganot said it was one of the rare Sundays on the road not spent in an airport or on an airplane. […]

Big West awards hard-earned for Hawaii basketball teams

By Brian McInnis on March 11, 2019

It is a credit to the Hawaii men’s and women’s basketball teams that they have done what they’ve done in their respective 2019 conference seasons without possessing a singularly dominant player. Fourth place in the Big West for the Rainbow Warriors with a 9-7 record (18-12 overall). Second place for the Rainbow Wahine at 10-6 (14-15 overall). Top-half seeding like that going into the Big West tournament usually means that’s good for some significant hardware in the conference postseason awards. […]

Quick Reads: Outtakes from beyond the arc

By Dave Reardon on March 11, 2019

Here are some quotes that didn’t make it into Sunday’s story about the 3-point shot. If you haven’t had a chance yet, also read the excellent pieces by Brian McInnis and Paul Honda. ERAN GANOT, University of Hawaii men’s coach: DR: Any thoughts on why there’s been an explosion overall in 3-point shots taken in pros and college only recent years? EG: Shot distribution, shot selection is so key. It’s added another element. But this has been coming on … […]

Rainbow Warrior basketball: Defending Big West position

By Brian McInnis on March 5, 2019

To defend its present position in the Big West Conference, the Hawaii basketball team will have to find a way to defend, and do it in hostile territory. It’s no secret that defense has been the Rainbow Warriors’ greatest shortcoming over their three-game losing streak. Over that span, UH has given up 83.7 points per game and .514 (92-for-179) field-goal shooting in road losses to UC Santa Barbara and Cal Poly, and Cal State Northridge on senior night on Saturday. […]

Rainbow Warrior basketball: Seniors left wanting

By Brian McInnis on March 3, 2019

Jack Purchase came out like a ball of fire. Brocke Stepteau couldn’t miss. And Sheriff Drammeh, hampered by an injury, sucked it up and tried to provide the kind of intangible play he was known for throughout his Hawaii basketball career. And yet, the three Hawaii basketball seniors were unable to will their team to victory on senior night against Cal State Northridge, a young team on the rise as the Rainbow Warriors fall back to the pack. Terrell Gomez […]

UH hoops: Senior night

By Stephen Tsai on March 2, 2019

The Rainbow Warriors play their final home game of the 2018-19 regular season with tonight’s senior night against CSUN. >> The ‘Bows are in fourth place with a 7-6 Big West record. The Matadors are right behind at 6-7. >> The Matadors have the league’s top two scorers — 6-7 Lamine Diane (24.2 points) and 5-8 Terrell Gomez (19.3). Diane is averaging a league-best 10.9 rebounds per game. >> UH guard Drew Buggs, who suffered an ankle injury last week […]

VIDEO: UH basketball seniors went from ‘5-O’ to big roles

By Brian McInnis on March 1, 2019

It was the ultimate bit part. A few times a game in the 2015-16 season, the Hawaii reserves would execute a choreographed stunt at the end of the bench, usually to laugh-out-loud effect. The Superman. The Bowling Pins. The Home Run. The group became known as “Hawaii 5-O.” UH basketball’s three outgoing seniors, Jack Purchase, Brocke Stepteau and Sheriff Drammeh, count themselves as “5-O” alums. They play the final home game of their careers 8 p.m. Saturday against Cal State […]