Gettin' shots up

It was unmistakably clear what the focus of Monday’s team practice was for the Hawaii men’s basketball team.

After a limited amount of team drills, Gib Arnold had his players shoot on the two standard Stan Sheriff Center rims, plus two portable baskets rolled in and placed facing one sideline. It’s a setup not usually seen except in UH’s summer kids clinics.

“I asked them if they could do that, and (arena manager) Rich Sheriff was good enough to set it up for us to where we could get more shots up and more free throws up,” Arnold said.

The reason: UH was 1-for-18 on 3-pointers in its 77-63 loss at No. 24 UNLV on Saturday. The Rainbow Warriors were, however, a respectable 20-for-26 at the foul line.

What transpired over the second half of practice really did resemble an actual clinic. Arnold had each player make a quota of 100 3-pointers and 100 free throws before they were allowed to rest.

“We’ll go up and down more tomorrow,” Arnold said. “(Shooting) those are things if you work on, you’ll get better at through repetition. We struggled from the 3-point line. … So everybody made 100 and 100. Just get that rhythm going into this week (Saturday vs. Pepperdine).”

Junior forward Christian Standhardinger had no problem with the amount of shots hoisted. UH is now 29.7 percent on 3s as a team for the season.

“In a game like that, we need to make shots,” said Standhardinger, who had game highs of 27 points and 10 rebounds in the loss. “We can’t get a bad 3-point percentage like that again. That’s why we’re in the gym here now, and in the morning shooting in some individuals. Now we’re shooting again in practice, trying to get it fixed.

“Shooting’s all about repetition and self-confidence,” Standhardinger added. “And self-confidence you get out of repetition. That’s what we gotta do.”

Arnold felt the majority of the team’s 3-point looks were good ones.

“I thought so. We shot 18 and I would say 15 of them were good shots. Three maybe weren’t great shots. But 15 were shots we should take, and will take again.”

Senior center Vander Joaquim had an open 3-point look off a kick from Standhardinger with under three minutes to play, which would have knocked UNLV’s deficit down to five. But the big man’s shot hit back iron and UH did not score again in desperation mode.


Had the team’s two halves been inverted, the positive tone of Monday’s practice might have been much different. UH trailed by as much as 26 in the first period but played exceptionally better after halftime in the desert, allowing the ‘Bows to come home with a feeling of self-respect, if not the victory.

“We could have easily just folded and put our tails between our legs and made a lot of excuses, but the guys continued to battle and continued to fight, and played really high-level basketball that second half, in a tough place against a tough team,” Arnold said. “We didn’t win, but it was really tight. I know they (UNLV) felt tight. I was just pleased with the effort. We get a couple 3s, it could have been a totally different game.”

Keep your eye on the running 3-point tally on Saturday. It will be interesting to see how much more confident the ‘Bows come out from beyond the arc against the Waves.


  1. al December 4, 2012 7:08 am

    just curious. How did Jace shoot. He throws up some ugly bricks.

  2. rainbowbballer December 4, 2012 7:27 am

    Your opinion requested. Will GJefferson, get more minutes on the floor against Pepperdine. Brian, is any of the UH coaches actively working with GJefferson on his guard play and medium range shot and a floater would be good. Gjefferson should ask Miah to mentor him, studying film etc. All I want for Xmas is a big point guard, who really runs the floor and instill fear in the defenders, that the Stallion is on the loose.

  3. Brian McInnis December 4, 2012 5:25 pm

    Hey Rainbow,

    I’m doing a story on Garrett for tomorrow’s (Wednesday) edition of the newspaper. Suffice to say right now that he’s operating specifically as a point guard in practices, and yes, he’s continuously working on his shot.

  4. R December 4, 2012 7:56 pm

    Must have been a very long practice if Jace had to hit 100 free throws. Sorry Jace i was just joking but i couldn’t resist

  5. poorboy December 4, 2012 11:40 pm

    Brian ,

    Gee Jefferson, impressed me, …being on the road, UNLV Thomas and Mack Center, didn’t phase him, he got called on, went in and did his, thing, he and Christian, very high motor..if shooters hit at least 30% 3 ball per centage, say hit about 6 for game, I think UH wins that UNLV contest..loved the second half effort..half way through the first half , a lot of Hawaii fans were going oh no, here we go again..on the road UH team..whatever Gib said at half, the guys battled to the wire, love the effort..

    I agree with you Rainbow, Gib and a growing legion of giving Jefferson major playing time, he is when under control, a huge part of controlling tempo for UH, spearheading the O, and the D, hi motor, always hustling, believe perfect from the floor with his floaters and from the line perfect, with very few turnovers..Young guy, did not hang down his head, waited his turn , and now, if he can run O, limit turnovers, feed the Bigs with good entry passes, get steals, blocks and get the running game going with Spearman,..Gee can be that MR EXCITEMENT,

    that UH needs..! Hey shout out to Gee Jefferson, don’t rush on your mid range to 3 ball and at the line, focus, bend knees, relax and shoot..Gee , if you start producing 8 pts, 2 steals, 1 block, shoot 50% from field and 70% from FT line, Gib has a very athletic guard with

    Spearman, those two would make a great Tandem, with Jace, coming in to steady when run half court sets..come on Gib , Gee is a hard worker, hopefully we see a lot of him this week agains Pepperdine…keep on practicing those outside shots, and FT shots Gee, we love your game..!!

  6. pocho December 5, 2012 7:31 pm

    Coach, rest up Vander. He doesn’t look to be very athletic and looks slow with the knee job bothering him.

  7. al December 7, 2012 12:19 am

    pocho…it seems to me that vander is up to his old tricks.
    too, often he takes a play or two “off”.
    hopefully he’ll stop “dogging” it.

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