Game 3 was good to both the Hawaii men’s and women’s basketball teams on Wednesday night (Tuesday back home) in their respective foreign tours.
The Rainbow Warriors put together their best effort of their Down Under tour for a 70-52 win over the Centre of Excellence — the former academy of UH freshmen Mate Colina and Owen Hulland — in the Australian capital of Canberra. Colina scored 14 points in his homecoming, while point guard Drew Buggs added 11.
Here’s the link to the full box score.
Meanwhile, partially simultaneously, the Rainbow Wahine survived a close one against Diamond Valley of SEABL in Melbourne, 68-66, to remain unbeaten on their tour at 3-0. The Wahine fell behind by double digits in the first quarter, but uncorked a 25-9 run in the second period to lead by three at halftime. They stormed ahead 64-48 through three periods, then held on for dear life.
So yes, they survived an 18-4 scoring disadvantage in the fourth quarter to win.
UH’s two active Australian players (the third, Amy Atwell, is out injured) led the way. Mackenzie Clinch Hoycard scored 13 points and Courtney Middap 11. Forward Kenna Woodfolk added 11 points.
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Before the trip, Middap said she thought the Diamond Valley team might be the toughest on the tour. If that holds true, the Wahine should have a decent chance at sweeping the four games when they close with the ATC Academy in Sydney at 10:15 a.m. on Saturday (2:15 p.m. Friday in Hawaii).
The UH men close with the Sydney Kings (possibly featuring former NBA center Andrew Bogut) at 1:30 p.m. Friday (5:30 p.m. Thursday in Hawaii).