Gameday: Saint Mary's

Turnaround time comes at a premium for Hawaii today. The Rainbow Warriors had only about 20 hours to get over their 62-61 loss to Boise State in the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic first round on Sunday night, and be ready for today’s 6 p.m. (7 p.m. in reality) game against Saint Mary’s in the consolation semifinals.

You can bet the Gaels (9-1), featuring assistant coach Eran Ganot, will come out motivated after dropping a game they should have won against South Carolina.

UH’s depth took a blow early against the Broncos when freshman wing Aaron Valdes hyperextended an elbow almost immediately after checking in during the first half. He did not return. Valdes was to get an MRI today, UH assistant coach Benjy Taylor said.

Valdes had seen his role reduced in recent games but UH coach Gib Arnold spoke before the tournament about an expanded role for several of his bench players, including Valdes, to keep his rotation fresh as well as build confidence going into Big West Conference play. UH is hoping it’s just a bruise of some sort.

The ‘Bows will look for a bounce-back game from forward Christian Standhardinger (3-for-9 shooting vs. BSU). He and Isaac Fotu will have their hands full against Gaels big man Brad Waldow, SMC’s leading scorer and rebounder.

If UH wins, it’s into the consolation championship (fifth-place game) vs. Oregon State. If the ‘Bows lose, it’ll be their first appearance in the DHC seventh-place game, vs. George Mason. Regardless, it will be an 11 a.m. game on Christmas Day on ESPNU.


  1. Buds4life December 23, 2013 6:33 pm

    Another loss. The point holds on to the ball too long. The shooter can’t free up, which make me wonder what happened to the skip pass. And perhaps most striking is the Bow’s leading scorer is MIA for the 2nd time this year. Seems like the Bows get all of his game or not at all. The coaches should make it apparent that there’s more to the game than just scoring. Oh well hope for better times.

  2. oldtimer808 December 23, 2013 10:26 pm

    You sure don’t know what you’re talking about.

  3. hossana December 23, 2013 10:39 pm

    I agree with oldtimer808 that Buds4life doesn’t know what he’s talking about. As far as I know, Hawaii beat St. Mary’s tonight. I could swear that Hawaii beat St. Mary’s when I left SSC tonite and came home to read Buds4life idiot comment. Oh, well, ……….

  4. Warrior Dave December 23, 2013 11:19 pm

    Hmmm, I think his comment refers to the lost against Boise St last night. The time stamp was just before tipoff.

  5. FIRE CHOW NOW December 24, 2013 7:10 am

    Men’s basketball under gib arnold has shown improvement every year. better players, better product on the court, and a nice win over a quality mid major team. maybe buds4life needs to quit smoking buds and reevaluate his life.

  6. K-Bay December 24, 2013 9:50 am

    WINS & Losses…

    I’m Pretty Sure i’m seeing a Trend of Improvement
    Teams Get Better AND WORSE
    Last Year Hawai’i Went UP and DOWN from a High of 246th (Worst)
    to a Low of about 186 (Out of 351 D-1 Programs)

    This Year they have Constantly Improved
    From 207 At Start of The Season To #115 (Now)
    That’s UPPER One-Third
    AND Still Improving

    In Less Than 24 hours of DHC Tourney Play
    They went from Hanging With a Pretty Good Boise Team
    BUT NOT Good Enough to (Find a Way to) WIN
    TO Leading A BETTER (Won By 8 @ BOISE) SM Team Almost the Entire Game
    AND Finding The Will to WIN (Against an Awesome Shooting Team, THREE 45% Three-Shooters))

    RECRUITING Has FOUR Three-Star Recruits This Past Year
    VERSUS ONE the Combined Seven Years Before
    NO ROOM For Complaints Here

    MELE, MELE Kalikimaka

    Hau’oli Makahiki Hou!

  7. poorboy December 24, 2013 9:24 pm

    K-Bay, yes Gib and UH MBB program appear to be headed upwards. towards, hopefully a Gonzaga, Butler, St Mary’s level, and in the future years, maybe even higher.

    Enjoy your posts, on all fronts. Yes, we been waiting, Gib has his type of athletes, and kids are buying into roles.
    With Isaac Fleming 6’4″ 200 combo guard, Stefan Jankovich 6’11” hybrid 4/5, and Negus Webster-Chan 6’7″ 200+ (and getting bigger, stronger), all 3 star recruits out of HS, the recruiting is getting better. UH is an exciting team to watch.
    Hope the Bows get win against OSU!

  8. K-Bay December 24, 2013 11:21 pm

    pb, Tribevx4,
    Weʻll Be There
    BEAT ʻDem Beavers
    GO ʻBOWS!

    Besides the Three-Stars (Great!)
    The Guards are Great
    The Freshmen Are/Will Be Great!

  9. K-Bay December 27, 2013 1:26 am

    NICE, Solid WIN Over Oregon State
    Coulda Been a Blow-Out
    BUT That Post-Game Team Review has its own value…

    NOW Need to Continue Improving
    – Even Fewer UH Turnovers
    – Even More Opposition Turnovers
    – Fewer Easy Opposition Baskets
    – Fewer Opposition Transition Baskets
    – More UH Bench Participation And Results

    And Show/Demonstrate Consistency, Keep Winning
    Earn, Keep Controlling Leads

    Then Take it On the Road Again, And

    Demonstrate All of That in The Big West

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