Court Sense

Formerly about Rainbow Warriors basketball, but now covering all University of Hawaii sports.

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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Hawaii men’s basketball: Zoar Nedd assertive at Green & White scrimmage

By Brian McInnis on October 12, 2019

The 10 who saw action in Hawaii’s Green & White scrimmage on Saturday afternoon had every opportunity to make a case for playing time in the upcoming 2019-20 season. Redshirt freshman Zoar Nedd did just that, scoring 10 points in 25 minutes of game action spanning three periods in front of a crowd of about 400 at the Stan Sheriff Center. “It was special. It was the first couple buckets I ever had (in front of a crowd) in this […]

Hawaii Football Throwbacks: Boise State

By Brian McInnis on October 12, 2019

The Hawaii football team has taken on Boise State on “The Blue” six times entering today’s ESPN2-televised matchup at Albertsons Stadium. Of those, the Rainbow Warriors have played the Broncos within a touchdown only once — the Sept. 23, 2006 meeting between Colt Brennan’s ‘Bows and and the storied Broncos of Jared Zabransky and Ian Johnson. It’s no secret that the all-time series between UH and BSU has been heavily skewed to the Broncos — 12-3 overall. And there have […]

Hawaii men’s basketball: Shooting for next-gen shooting

By Brian McInnis on October 11, 2019

During a recent practice, Hawaii basketball coach Eran Ganot brought his players together and let them know in no uncertain terms that their performance in a shooting drill was unacceptable. Twice. “Our shooting wasn’t there,” Ganot said afterward. “So a big part of our being good in any area, and in that area for sure, is being consistent. You might have a range there, but our range can’t be that wide. Our numbers, the extremes were too far apart. … […]

Hawaii soccer: Another Kayla (Watanabe) strikes as Wahine dispatch UC Irvine

By Brian McInnis on October 11, 2019

Kayla Watanabe did not one, but two emphatic, leaping fist pumps after scoring the first goal of her Rainbow Wahine soccer career. Two was fitting, as it turned out to represent one for each of her scores in Hawaii’s 3-0 win over UC Irvine on Thursday night at Waipio Peninsula Soccer Stadium. Watanabe’s two goals — one in each half, each assisted by freshman midfielder Eliza Ammendolia — staked the Rainbow Wahine (4-6-1, 2-0 Big West) to a 2-0 lead and […]

Hawaii soccer: Wahine shoot for unprecedented 2-0 Big West start

By Brian McInnis on October 10, 2019

The Hawaii soccer team, by virtue of its Big West-opening comeback win over Cal State Northridge last week, is already in uncharted territory. UH (3-6-1 overall) can explore further off the map with a win, or even a draw, against UC Irvine (3-9, 2-0) tonight at Waipio Peninsula Soccer Stadium. (UPDATE: The Rainbow Wahine ran away from Irvine, 3-0, for their first win over the Anteaters in four tries as a Big West member at Waipio Peninsula Soccer Stadium. Kayla […]

Hawaii women’s volleyball: Iosia still a hit when it counts

By Brian McInnis on October 9, 2019

Hawaii needed every weapon at its disposal to come back to defeat last-place Cal State Fullerton in five sets on Saturday night. One of those required weapons was senior setter Norene Iosia, who broke out her old role as an all-around threat — hitting to go with her veteran setting, tough serving and passing — in a time of desperation for the reeling Rainbow Wahine. Starting in the third set, coach Robyn Ah Mow made a couple of moves: she went […]

VIDEO: Hawaii football ain’t afraid of no ghosts

By Brian McInnis on October 8, 2019

The ghosts of road struggles past had no hold on Hawaii football when it took to Chris Ault Field at Mackay Stadium field on Sept. 28. UH entered that game 1-8 all-time against Nevada in Reno. That, and constant drizzle in chilly weather mattered not as the Rainbow Warriors put together their most complete game of the season — and arguably in years — in steamrolling the Wolf Pack 54-3. Now the Rainbow Warriors (4-1, 1-0 Mountain West) prepare to embark for […]

Hawaii women’s volleyball: Braelyn Akana rises to desperate occasion

By Brian McInnis on October 6, 2019

Another disaster was nigh. Hawaii, which had its foundations rocked by UC Irvine’s reverse sweep of the Rainbow Wahine on Friday night, was on the cusp of falling to another struggling Big West opponent. The Rainbow Wahine were points away from getting swept by Cal State Fullerton, in fact. But the Rainbow Wahine coach Robyn Ah Mow signed an executive order for some emergency relief and got it in a couple of forms on Saturday night. PHOTO GALLERY: HAWAII VS. […]