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Crunching Numbers: Battle of “island” teams

By Dave Reardon on December 26, 2018

Ever see a basketball game where the teams had the same number of assists, turnovers and rebounds? If you watched Hawaii’s 68-60 win against Rhode Island on Christmas in the final day of the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic you have. Assists: 10 for both. Turnovers: 11 for both. Rebounds: 35 for both. Even the offensive-defensive split for the caroms was identical at 11-24. I had to look at the stat sheet a couple of times to make sure it […]

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 […]

Game Day: UH vs. Colorado

By Stephen Tsai on December 23, 2018

The Rainbow Warriors and Colorado meet in today’s consolation round. It is a surprising position for the Buffaloes, who were were considered a favorite to reach the championship game.But Indiana State, and electrifying point guard Jordan Barnes, proved to be too good. The Sycamores defeated UNLV today to reach the title game. The ‘Bows went with a taller lineup in the opener. It will be interesting to see if guard Brocke Stepteau, who started the first 10 before coming off […]

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 […]

Game Day: Hawaii Bowl

By Stephen Tsai on December 22, 2018

The Warriors end the season with 31-14 loss to Louisiana Tech in the SoFi Hawaii Bowl. The Bulldogs amassed nine sacks, including 2.5 by Jaylon Ferguson. Ferguson set the NCAA record for career sacks. * * * * * Kam McKnight goes 39 yards for the TD to extend LA Tech’s lead to 31-14 with 3:45 to play. * * * * * Cole McDonald throws a 7-yard scoring pass to Marcus Armstrong-Brown to close UH to 24-14 with 6:14 […]

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 […]