Halloween gameday: UH vs. BYUH

Happy Halloween, all. Be safe out there, with kiddies or without, at the UH basketball game vs. BYUH or anywhere else.

At last, after a month of preseason practices, the Rainbow Warriors finally get to suit up against someone else for all to see.

(At least, all who don’t have other arrangements tonight, and I’m betting that precludes a lot of you.)

“I think it will be good for both teams,” UH coach Gib Arnold said. “I think BYU-Hawaii does a great job. I think Ken Wagner is an outstanding coach. His team’s older, actually older than us, and bigger than us, size-wise with their starting bigs.

“So it’s always a good test. We’ve scrimmaged them a number of times. That’s a winning program that always gives us really, really good games and I expect (tonight’s) going to be a great game.”

This one could become a 3-point shootout. The Seasiders boast several marksmen, and UH’s outside shooting figures to be improved from last year.

Garrett Nevels
Garrett Nevels

Junior guard Garrett Nevels, who could figure into that, still has his attention affixed to the regular-season opener just over a week from now vs. Tennessee State.

“It’ll be good, just to work on some of our sets, work on our new defenses. But I mean, I’m just more excited for Nov. 8. … I think we’re coming along great. We’re really getting our chemistry. We’re going to have a good season.”

“Since the summer I’d say we’ve learned each other’s games a lot more. We’ve all gotten better.”

Nevels knows this exhibition is a great time to showcase some of his shot-making ability. He hasn’t been quite as lights-out since the Green & White Scrimmage.

“That’s the thing I’m really trying to focus on, get my rhythm going so I can make the shots that I was brought here to make,” he said.


As Jeff Portnoy pointed out, this contest could really get bogged down with whistles and fouls because of some of the new NCAA rule interpretations designed to give further advantages to teams’ offenses.

It’ll be interesting to see how the teams adjust. Or as Arnold told his guys, “You adapt or you die.”

“It’s different with these new rules, hand-checking and everything,” freshman forward Mike Thomas said. “You can get away with a lot more in high school, but here it’s all chest and feet, really. It’s definitely different, but it’s better for us, when we adapt to it.”



The Rainbow Wahine basketball team had its exhibition against Hawaii Hilo on Wednesday night. While it was often sloppy, UH emerged with a 70-35 victory over its sister school.

Senior forward Diane Moore was impressive with 18 points on 8-for-11 shooting. With few options in the frontcourt to begin the season, she could have her chances this year.

Shawna Kuehu and Ashleigh Karaitiana also had very solid all-around games.

Several players were out. Freshman Briana Harris was ill, as was sophomore Marissa Wimbley. Kamilah Jackson and Pua Kailiawa had limited time coming off ailments. And Sydney Haydel, who was supposed to start, was a late scratch because a new earring could not be taped over.

So while UH will be challenged depth-wise this season without academically ineligible bigs Ashley Burchfield and Shawlina Segovia, the Wahine generally won’t be as shorthanded as they were on Wednesday.


  1. poorboy October 31, 2013 3:09 pm

    Hope have a crowd 1000+ like the Green Black scrimmage Brian, I thoroughly enjoyed, that game! UH has more athletes, from PG, SG, wings, SF, PF, even Jovanovich and Davis can run as well as SF’s. I think too, if teams don’t adjust, use good fundamental defense, something we were taught from park and 7th , 8th grade BB teams. Move your feet, don’t play defense with your hands, Keep yourself between man and ball. UH has to be able to shoot FT’s all , probably 14 active roster guys this year. I think , my opinion Brian, this group that Gib has is very smart BBIQ wise, since, summer, a period of a little over 3 months or so, they have vastly improved, gotten, bigger, stronger, and they look for open man, ALL of them, No Selfish Sammies, quite different from the abyss, the ball going into Vander and never coming out, or Vander, hold on to ball too long, throw it away, or take a wild shot, with time running out. This team can be special.Mahalo for your updates. I tell you all of the media, online, SA, blogs, twitter, facebook, are following, in particular MBB very closely, hopefully starting tonite, even though exhibition game, UH can string a bunch of wins together pre BWC. Laura Beeman is a cool lady, she works with what she got, and she is a gambler, with those kids that did not make it in. So Gib is not the only riverboat gambler, I tell you MBB or WBB coaches, one of the toughest coaching gigs in the world, however if you win championships and win a lot of games, they will come….WIN and THEY, the fans, will come, jump on for the ride, I hope, that MBB and WBB can go NCAA’s this year. Parity, and who is hot in March for BWC tourney!

  2. poorboy October 31, 2013 3:18 pm

    So old, long time ago: edit to defensive man stance, ” keep yourself, as the defender between the offensive player and the basket, ” also, help defense, switching, calling out for help , call out for screens, etc. so though it is called man defense, it really is 4 other teammates helping the man, to guard the other team. It takes good defense all 5 guys, to have a good team, it takes Great defense, fundamental, to have a great team that can win championships. I have feeling about this team, whether, Nikola plays this year, I hope so, with loss of Caleb, or Jovanovich, Dyrbe, Hackman, etc, if whole team ONE OHANA, on same page, and get better game to game, month to month, win a lot of games, they will be there come Post Season time, well both the WBB and MBB team a two for one for NCAA bids would be fantastic!

  3. Warrior Dave October 31, 2013 10:44 pm


    Please report on injuries to Spearman and Issac when you can please. Rob DeMello made it sound like it was pretty bad. Thanks!

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