Game Day: UH vs. Alabama A&M

Alabama A&M is 1-11 but is coming off a victory against Tulane. / Photo by Stephen Tsai

The Rainbow Warriors wrap up their pre-conference schedule with tonight’s game against Alabama A&M.

For the ‘Bows, this game will lead to a much-needed period of practices and rest. As head coach Eran Ganot noted, not many student-athletes have played on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas.

The Bulldogs have struggled the past several years. They finished last among 351 Division I teams the previous two seasons. They are 1-11 this season — they upset Tulane a week ago — and 6-66 the past three seasons. Interim head coach Dylan Howard said the Bulldogs want to put up a lot of of shots — 70 per game is the goal — while playing a 2-3 zone with match-up concepts. They are expected to go with a three-guard lineup.

“When we go back and watch film, we’ve been able to get some really good looks at the basket,” Howard said. “They’re just not falling. We tell them, ‘that just doesn’t happen overnight. It’s repetition. It’s getting into the gym on your own. It just can’t be when we practice. You have to find 30 minutes out of your day to get into the gym on your own and get up shots.’ They’re buying into that slowly. It’s a good group that’s responding.”


  1. Akamai Okole December 29, 2018 5:54 pm

    Go Basket Bows!

  2. cappie the dog December 29, 2018 6:25 pm



    That final sentence is pitch-perfect satire.

    (I hate this auto- spell check. I am trying to use the word “tile” and the computer program has a “mind” of its own and spits out “title”.)

  3. NorthShoreFan December 29, 2018 7:26 pm

    Tua and Kyler put on a show. Enjoyed the game. Tua will be on a planet of his own next year.
    have a Safe and Good one everybody.

  4. cappie the dog December 29, 2018 8:05 pm

    What you have to remember about SWAC teams is that they play the majority of their games on the road.

    Last season, our sister school Arkansas-Pine Bluff was winless going into conference play. Once they settled into a normal home and away schedule, they won their first, I think, nine games.

    Alabama A & M played more home games than our sister school Arkansas-Pine Bluff did last season. But seven out of twelve is pretty disproportionate to what teams from major conferences and your better mid-major ones play.

    For the sake of my sanity, I have to believe that Alabama A & M is better than what their 1-11 would indicate.

    The Bulldogs are on a mini-roll. They did beat Tulane at home. The Green Wave lost only by eleven at home to Florida State.

    Hawaii is going to pull away in the second half, right?

  5. Chicken Grease December 29, 2018 9:14 pm

    Man. What is the status of the WAC? Are thry relegated to playing in district parks? Sad.

    Play-by-play on 1420AM wad done by Josh Pacheco (in place of Curran, presumably) and the regular Jeff Portnoy.

    Based on Pacheco’s rapid performance . . . Curran should be VERY worried.

  6. cappie the dog December 29, 2018 9:29 pm

    Play of the game: Eddie Stansberry misses the three. He rebounds his own shot and banks in a short jumper and gets fouled. He makes the old-fashioned three from the charity stripe. I think this play is important because so far, his game seems to be three-point shot or bust. It was good to see him in scorer mode. This play might have been the difference between a win and a painful, painful lost.

    Not the play of the game: Drew Buggs throws the ball to Zigmars Raimo in the paint. He probably could have taken his man and gotten fouled but he kicks it out to Eddie Stansberry, wide right, forcing him to prevent a turnover; he’s not squared up but takes the three anyway and it’s an air ball; an Alabama A & M player touches it last. Hawaii possession.

    See, if you show up to the Stan Sheriff Center and start heckling the players for slapstick comedy plays like that, low-mid-major basketball is not for you. Stick to the NBA and your Platonic ideal of what basketball should look like. You’ll see glimpses of it time from time, but more often than not, it resembles what I just described. A lot of ugliness. All that matters is the W.

    What I like about Drew Buggs is he doesn’t chew out the other player when he throws a bad pass. Keith Shamberger would do this. If I was an extrovert, I would shout: “NO! IT’S NOT HIM! IT’S YOU!”

    Anyways, I think Eran Ganot is doing a great job. He is 2-1 against the Pac-12. This is the game they could have played against conference opener Cal-State Fullerton, so it’s good that the team shook off the post-tournament blues you would always see Riley Wallace’s teams come down with after the Rainbow Classic.

    I expect them to finish third in the Big West.

  7. clyde December 29, 2018 9:38 pm

    Cappie: Actually, it was Purchase who got the rebound off of Stansberry’s miss 3-pointer. Purchase then got the ensuing assist to Stansberry that resulted in a three-point play. Yes, it was a huge play.

  8. cappie the dog December 30, 2018 4:39 am

    Clyde: I stand corrected. I did not expect the game to go down to the wire. Alabama A & M would have won if they shot the three like they did in the first half. 8-14? In the closing moments, I think they missed a three that would have closed the margin to one. That was scary. Luckily, the guy shot a brick. But Hawaii has already proven that they can close out games. They played exceptionally well late against Colorado and Rhode Island. Hawaii has a three-game streak of winning by eight.

  9. cappie the dog December 30, 2018 7:32 am

    Marcus Mariota is out.

    That makes things easier.

    Root for the team with an ex-Warrior.

    Rigoberto Sanchez.

  10. Chicken Grease December 30, 2018 11:50 am

    Geez. This whole time Mariota’s NFL problems seems very much to be: 1) lack of confidence; and 2) killer instinct (NEEDED in the NFL. NFL only slightly gives a damn about “nice guys” in their ranks once they have accomplished something significant)

    What’s the problem, Marcus? You GRADUATED from Hawaii school known for their wise-a$&es (try taking a city bus during the after-school hours. You’d figure some of these “men of . . .” understands what’s printed on their issued aloha shirts).

    He should very much have that killer instinct based on the high school he graduated from. Ridiculous.

  11. Warrior Dave December 30, 2018 4:56 pm

    Let’s take a look to see who was the HC for Marcus’ 1st dew years. He was ultra conservative and only wanted to be a grind it out and run HC.

    This is the 1st year under a new coaching regime. Weakness in Oline and receiving corps are apparent. I’m gonna give him another year under this system before passing judgement.

  12. cappie the dog December 31, 2018 6:39 am

    Zigmars Raimo’s play is surprising everybody, including me. I think he just moved pass Seth Sundberg on my list of best centers to play at Hawaii that I’ve seen with my own eyes.

    1. Tony Maroney
    2. Reggie Cross
    3. Zigmars Raimo
    4. Seth Sundberg
    5. Vander Joaquim

    If Raimo moves to number two, that means Hawaii either are Big West regular season or conference tournament champs.

    I am waiting for one of the three seven-footer freshmen to break into this small group. I wish I could find a spot for Brad Pineau.

  13. cappie the dog December 31, 2018 6:48 am

    If your agent says something asinine like, “Don’t show up at rookie camp,” fire that agent.

    Hawaii would have had two NBA players SIMULTAENOUSLY. Who knows, maybe he would have ended up on the same team as Trevor Ruffin.

    I look at the St. Louis Cardinals and it just blows my mind that two players from the same team are on a major league roster. I have to root for them, even though they eliminated the San Diego Padres twice in post-season. Lasting image and reason for enduring hatred for player, not team: Dennis Eckersley fields a ground ball, he shows the batter the ball, and throws it to first with a flourish.

  14. A-House December 31, 2018 7:15 am

    from our Family to you and yours — a most Happy New Year filled with good health and happiness!

  15. burro sabio December 31, 2018 9:21 am

    Mr. Tsai, good overview of next football season in today’s paper.

    CtD, Garcia is now with the Padres ICYMI.

  16. burro sabio December 31, 2018 10:01 am

    Utah State is reloading their coaching staff

  17. cappie the dog December 31, 2018 4:21 pm

    burro sabio: San Diego is actually a AAA team. Greg Garcia will start.

    Shane Victorino played briefly for the Padres.

    But he did not attend UH. I have a stronger affinity for mainland players who attended Hawaii than local products who went straight to the minor leagues or attended other schools.

    I was very disappointed when Matt Cooper called it quits.

    I think Quintin Torres-Costa is going to make it.

  18. Savich December 31, 2018 4:50 pm

    Good afternoon. I dislike UH men’s basketball. That is all. Good bye.

  19. Savich December 31, 2018 5:12 pm

    Clemson has a good chance of taking their 2nd in 3 years. Clemson at 15-0 in 2018-2019 season. Go Tigers!

  20. Savich December 31, 2018 5:14 pm

    Happy new year’s to everyone. Where ever you are? maybe Aloha Towers market place. Ha…

    Have a good one everyone and enjoy yourself.

  21. Savich December 31, 2018 5:27 pm

    Tony Maroney was 6-11 and had a line drive free throw shooting. It was a brick every time. Big guy. 1975

  22. Savich December 31, 2018 5:37 pm

    Correction I like Tony Maroney. Opposite.

  23. Savich December 31, 2018 5:44 pm

    Because I read cappie the dog: the three homeruns against Utah state in 1985 was none other than Mario Monico. #21. In one game. No competition. Mario all the way.

  24. Savich December 31, 2018 5:52 pm

    City girls allways seem to find out early, how to open doors with your smile… Glenn Frey

    lying eyes. The Eagles….1977

  25. Savich December 31, 2018 6:09 pm

    Dwight Evans, #24 RF

  26. Savich December 31, 2018 6:25 pm

    Easy…Not Kolten Wong. #14

  27. cappie the dog January 1, 2019 5:14 am

    We’re still talking basketball, great.

    The fallout of playing a team like Alabama A & M is that it hurts your SOS.

    After playing Rhode Island, Hawaii’s strength of schedule was at its apex.


    Now it’s 144.

    That’s how weak the SWAC is. They have not won a NCAA Tournament game since 1993.

    The conference RPI for the Big West(according to RealTime RPI) is 22. This cements Hawaii’s fate. They have practically no shot of at an at-large bid for either the NCAA or NIT.

    Need to finish first(NIT) or win the conference tournament(NCAA).

    Playing Texas Christian and losing would have been more beneficial to their post-season chances.

  28. cappie the dog January 1, 2019 5:24 am

    Antoine Goodlow scored 16 points against College of the Ozarks.

    At the Stan Sheriff Center, watching Hawaii play Colorado, I was amazed to find myself sitting behind a guy, a young guy, who was actually keeping score. I had to go up to the attic and bring down some old UH basketball memorabilia.

    I found my collection of old UH program. I circled seven 2s and two 1s next to Goodlow’s name.

  29. wafan January 1, 2019 8:04 am

    Happy 2019!

  30. burro sabio January 1, 2019 9:09 am

    Happy New Year Everyone

  31. burro sabio January 1, 2019 9:10 am

    CtD – QTC is going to redshirt this upcoming season.

  32. Whitey January 1, 2019 9:40 am


  33. Stephen Tsai January 1, 2019 11:07 am

    New post:

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