Revenge of the blog
Malware? Hah! You can’t keep Court Sense down with malware, anonymous internet fiends.
In any case, we’re back up and running. Apologies to anyone who tried to visit and got a strange message warning you about malware on the site over the last week or so. It appears to have been resolved.
Since the last posting, the Hawaii men’s basketball team was dealt a dose of road heartbreak. Close losses at UC Irvine (68-64) and two-time defending champion Long Beach State (76-72) knocked the Rainbow Warriors out of first place and into a three-way tie for fourth.
Yup, you read that right. LBSU (4-1) leads the way now, followed by Cal State Fullerton and Pacific at 3-1, then UH, UC Irvine and Cal Poly at 3-2.
It appears, at this point, any one of these teams can take the Big West title, though The Beach remains the prohibitive favorite once it figures out its new parts it worked in over the holiday break.
UH can vault itself back at or near the top with a very possible 2-0 week coming up at home vs. Pacific and UC Davis. If not, well, it’s going to be a tall task with the next four on the road in the heart of the league schedule.
The Rainbow Warriors have to be happy about Brandon Jawato’s emergence as a clutch shot-maker. He’s made a ridiculous 19 of 30 3-pointers (63 percent) in BWC play, and he nearly bailed his teammates out with the win at LBSU, tying the game up with a 3 on two occasions in the final minutes.
Senior Hauns Brereton also showed some life against LBSU, scoring eight points on 4-for-7 shooting. He really needed an outing like that.
But the UH frontcourt couldn’t carry the load this time. Vander Joaquim was held to 13 (bringing him within nine of 1,000 career points). Christian Standhardinger had three turnovers and had his quietest (and least played) game of the season, with season lows of 12 minutes and six points. And Isaac Fotu had six points and six boards, not enough to pick up the slack.
Look for that trio to come out strong against Pacific on Thursday.
The UH women’s hoops team, meanwhile, was in action today at home against The Beach.
Freshman Destiny King, a Long Beach native who knows many of the 49ers players, downplayed the personal significance of the game.
Her older brother, Keala, plays for the 49ers men’s hoops team, however. She had a few interesting things to say regarding that.
“Blood’s thicker than water, so I always have to go for my brother,” Destiny said. “I do give the (UH) boys luck, but my brother’s coming back from not playing last year (as a transfer). I just hope he does well.”
Keala King had a relatively quiet game against Uh on Saturday, with three points, three assists and three turnovers.
“We keep in touch every single day,” Destiny said. “Just hearing from his perspective about college and stuff like that, learning that I need to be in the gym every single day. He’s giving me advice on what I need to do to better my game and myself with the coach and my teammates.
(Sitting out) humbled him as well, not playing. But he was really hungry to play after not playing preseason. Him getting a chance to play shows that he’s worked very hard.”
what’s up with manroop clair?
Most fans blame the obvious for the Warrior losses, turnovers and free throws. Many fans quietly suggest the losses are the result of poor game coaching. I’m just wondering what the beat writers are thinking.
Coach Arnold needs to trust him and give him more playing time. He just needs more experience and he will be okay. He can shoot, his turnovers are a problem, however, Jace Tavita also turns the ball over. Give Roop more playing time.
Same question as “al”, except in Capitals, WHAT UP WITH CLAIR, WHY DID HE NOT PLAY??
Same as last year, people moving on?? JUST a Jefferson fam(Bows fan) Play the guy, set some plays to slash to the basket and he is the fastest down the court??
Sorry frustration over losing close games without a shot, cant inbound the ball?? Are the players playing scared of being yanked for mistakes.
The truely sad part of this story of the Mens bb team, it seems that the NCAA automatic bid can be reached. No Big West Conference team is superior to the UH team, it is possible for Hawaii to beat every team.
Players, realize that a dream is within reach, work extra hard, to regret not working extra hard, would be truely sad. GO BOWs!!!
I love paranoid induced censorship. What happen to courage, pen mightier than the sword crap.
The team’s been on both sides of some close games this year. Usually the sign of a poor game coach comes when a team drops the majority of the close ones. In Big West play, UH prevailed in two close home games. The most recent two on the road, both close, went the other way. Draw what conclusions you will from that.
Coach Arnold has never been afraid of trying something unorthodox, whether it’s some unconventional defenses or starting an untested freshman at point guard. Often it works, sometimes it doesn’t.
Bottom line, though, turnovers have been the reason this team hasn’t yet maximized its potential. We’ll just have to wait and see if they can solve that in time to make the postseason.
reply to Brian McInnis reply to Buds. Brian said team on both sides of close games, usually the sign of a poor game coach comes when a team drops the MAJORITY of the close one.
Brian my conclusion from the results of the close games and worse the one where UH, had the lead with less than 3-4 minutes to play, this includes last year in pretty big games. Coach Arnold is a POOR GAMES COACH. Getting better, hope his ego doesnt prevent wins. I dont get to see many games live as I use to(once a season ticket guy). So my question is does the team,do a pre-game warm-up Passing Drill, bounce pass, hand-off, etc. practice becomes habits. Go bows big west champs, NCAA bid