Everyone caught their breath after the last 48 hours of pulse-pounding finishes at the Stan Sheriff Center?
UH fended off the hard charges of North Dakota (81-78) and Troy (72-67, OT) on Sunday and Monday, improving to 3-0 for the second time in three years under Eran Ganot.
It was the 15th Outrigger Rainbow Classic title overall for the host team (in 53 editions), and sixth in eight editions as a four-team round-robin tournament.
UH’s season statistics are interesting thus far.
Here’s some things that jump out:
>> UH has five players averaging double figures so far, with Mike Thomas leading the way at 18.7.
>> The “Big Three” of Thomas, Gibson Johnson and Jack Purchase are each averaging 7.0 rebounds.
>> 3-point shooting has been a struggle, with UH shooting 25 percent as a team. Purchase has yet to find his touch from outside at 4-for-15 (26.7 percent). No one else is picking it up significantly.
>> Purchase, however, has been a wizard passing the ball so far, with 16 assists against two turnovers. It’s probably no coincidence he’s the minutes leader through three games at 33.3. Conversely, Leland Green is looking to turn around his two assists and 11 turnovers. Green had a nice drop-off dime against Troy, though.
>> Thomas has been drastically improved at the foul line from his junior season, shooting 20-for-26 so far (76.9 percent). He shot 57.1 percent there in 2015-16. However, he’s 0-for-7 from 3 so far this year.
>> Brocke Stepteau and Sheriff Drammeh are giving great value in their minutes off the bench. Stepteau’s 8.7 ppg and 2-to-1 A/T ratio will be invaluable if he can keep that up, while Drammeh (10.0 ppg) has been all-around effective in the two games he’s played.
>> Drew Buggs (4.0 ppg, 23.3 mpg, six assists, six turnovers) is being brought along slowly as the starting point guard. He’s struggled for stretches but has also shown flashes of what he can do. He’s sniffed out the ball more than once as opponents gather in rebounds and prepare to pass out or dribble, helping him to the co-lead in steals with five.
>> Samuta Avea sat the last two games after playing 12 minutes in the opener, while Ido Flaisher was a DNP the last game after getting 8.5 minutes in the first two. Zigmars Raimo got in all three games thus far, with a 3.0 minutes average.
UH does not play again until it hosts Nevada (2-0) on Nov. 24. The Wolf Pack play three more times before coming out this way, though. They’re coming off an impressive home win over Rhode Island, 88-81.