As the headline of today’s blog implies, today was a break for the 3-0 Rainbow Warriors following their claim of the 47th Outrigger Hotels Rainbow Classic tournament title.
Well, a break from practice, maybe, but the players still had to report for classes in the morning.
“We all got class. Coach Arnold’s going to be out there checking. Himself. Personally, is what he says,” forward Bill Amis said following the 65-62 win over Central Michigan early this morning.
They only had a handful of hours to sleep before class. Such are the pitfalls of being on ESPN’s College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon. But Eamonn Brennan, who moderated the entire Marathon on ESPN.com, was impressed with the Hawaii crowd — and especially the noise they brought — throughout the game.
Almost the entire lower bowl of the Stan Sheriff Center was packed with a standing, noisy “Blackout” crowd of about 3,000.
“It was wonderful, it was wonderful,” Arnold said. “It was fun.They kept us going, and when we really needed them, they gave us that extra energy. It was a fun crowd to play in front of, and it was fun to see the students out. I really hope the students continue to come, because they’re such a big part of us building that program, and I really appreciate those guys spending this night with us.”
What did those of you who were at the game think of the atmosphere?
UH has two days starting tomorrow to prepare for Central Arkansas, which the Rainbows play on Friday at 7:30 p.m., following the Rainbow Wahine basketball season opener vs. Cal State Northridge at 5 p.m.
Check tomorrow’s Star-Advertiser for a wrap-up story on the Rainbow Classic, and the myriad ways UH pulled out victories.
Update: Word is that Morningside (Calif.) High point guard Gerry Blakes could sign a national letter of intent with the Rainbows tomorrow, on the final day of the fall (early) signing period.