Court Sense

Expanded coverage of Rainbow Warriors basketball, including practice notes, game analysis, recruiting info and observations on the Big West Conference.

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

Latest news

Rainbow Warrior football: 3-man weave

By Brian McInnis on April 9, 2019

The Hawaii football team is running a three-man weave from the pocket this spring. UH, which is about a third of the way through spring practices, is giving quarterbacks Cole McDonald, Chevan Cordeiro and Justin Uahinui all the work they could want as they sling ball after ball at receivers a few times a week. >> SPRING PRACTICE PHOTO GALLERY McDonald (3,875 yards, 36 TD, 10 INT), who is a fourth-year junior in 2019, was the primary signal-caller in the […]

Rainbow Warrior volleyball: ‘Set-back’ elicits response

By Brian McInnis on April 7, 2019

The Rainbow Warrior volleyball team’s “set-back” was no setback at all. It was probably inevitable that this top-ranked UH team, as good as it is in all facets, was going to drop a frame to someone at some point. And the capacity UH crowd recognized it, giving the ‘Bows a standing ovation between the third and fourth sets of a 25-16, 25-21, 23-25, 25-19 win over the UC Santa Barbara on Saturday. “You don’t go in expecting you’ll beat everybody […]

Rainbow Wahine tennis: Seniors come through on their day

By Brian McInnis on April 6, 2019

The Hawaii women’s tennis seniors took matters into their own hands on their special day. Outgoing players Maayan Sela (No. 2 court), Roxanne Resma (No. 5) and Alzbeta Houbova (No. 6) won their singles matches to anchor the Rainbow Wahine’s 6-1 dual match win over Big West leader UC Santa Barbara at the UH tennis complex on Saturday. In the case of Sela and Resma, that required coming back from a set down against their opponent. Sela’s 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 […]

Rainbow Warrior volleyball: Finding a way

By Brian McInnis on April 5, 2019

UC Santa Barbara brought the block to the party. Hawaii supplied everything else Friday night. The rollicking Rainbow Warriors were turned back at the net more times against the Gauchos than at any other point in 2019, and it hardly mattered in a 25-18, 25-22, 25-16 sweep of the visitors in front of a raucous, season-high turnstile crowd of 6,969. Top-ranked UH (24-0) extended its record season set streak to 72 and has its first sellout crowd since 1997 to […]

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 […]

Rainbow Wahine basketball headed to Saint Mary’s in WNIT

By Brian McInnis on March 18, 2019

For its second straight WNIT appearance and for the third time in 10 overall showings in the event, the Hawaii women’s basketball team has been dispatched to Moraga, Calif., to face Saint Mary’s in the opening round. UH (15-16) and the Gaels of the West Coast Conference (20-11) will meet on Friday at a time to be announced. The winner of that game will face Cal Baptist or Pepperdine in the second round. BREAKING: 2019 Postseason #WNIT first-round matchups released! […]

Rainbow Wahine softball gets through gauntlet alive

By Brian McInnis on March 17, 2019

It was a grueling 11 days and 12 games. The Hawaii softball team survived that gauntlet — its last competition before Big West play begins — by going 7-5, thereby completing its nonconference slate at 19-9. Two of the losses were to No. 4 Alabama, one was a one-run defeat to Utah and one came at the hands of Cal ace Kamalani Dung. The last was to SIU-Edwardsville, a team with three local players from which UH took two of […]

Hawaii-USC water polo worth price of admission

By Brian McInnis on March 17, 2019

The admission was free, as is policy for Hawaii water polo matches at the Duke Kahanamoku Aquatics Complex. But the match Saturday between the Rainbow Wahine and No. 1 USC was notable for a couple of reasons. Reasons enough that you probably could’ve gotten people to pay to get in, had you been so inclined. Of course, that’s a tongue-in-cheek statement, given what happened earlier this week. But, in all seriousness, there were some genuinely compelling things in play here. […]