Hawaii basketball: Opener against Florida A&M live blog

The ‘Bows win the opener, 65-52, over Florida A&M.

There were sloppy moments and missed shots — lots of missed shots — but the ‘Bows got impressive play from Samuta Avea (15 points, nine boards) and freshman Bernardo da Silva (11 points, seven rebounds, two blocks).

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Samuta Avea is putting on a show. Along with his 15 points and nine rebounds, he also faked Evans Desir to the floor and then blocked Brendon Myles’ dunk attempt.

The ‘Bows up, 61-40, with 3:20 to play.

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Bernardo da Silva makes the play of the night, capping Bryce Morangne’s attempt in the post.

Samuta Avea is closing in on his first double-double. With 11:35 to play, Avea has 15 points and nine boards.

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It was all UH in a 32-12 first half.

The Rattlers managed five field goals on 25 shots, including one of eight on 3s.

Strong debuts for freshman Bernardo da Silva, who was a tall defensive obstacle in the pst, and Kameron Ng, a walk-on from Saint Francis School. Ng provided stability at the point, either steering the read-and-attack offense or working in tandem with Drew Buggs.

Eddie Stansberry is still searching for his first 3. He has missed five shots launched from behind the arc.

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The things you see on opening night. Zigmars Raimo gets free on a break … and dunks!

The ‘Bows are up, 25-9, with 4:16 left before the intermission.

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It’s the ‘Bows’ defense that is setting the tone today.

The Rattlers have missed 12 of 16 shots, and went a stretch of 9 minutes, 51 seconds betwen their second and third field goals.

UH leads 21-8 with 7:07 left in the first half.

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Two ‘Bows made impressive first impressions.

Kameron Ng, a walk-on freshman, nailed a 3-point shot on his first career attempt.

Bernardo da Silva also provided active defense in the post. He intimidated Brendon Myles into a miss, and later stole a pass into the lane and went coast-to-coast before dishing off.

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The Warriors raced to a 10-4 lead at the first media timeout.

Two FAMU starters — center Evins Desir and guard Kamron Reaves — each picked up two fouls and are on the bench.

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The Rainbow Warriors open their 100th season with tonight’s game against Florida A&M in the first round of the Outrigger Resorts Rainbow Classic.

Both teams enter short-handed, with the Rattlers without 6-9, 240-pound Ifeanyi Umezurike and guard Jamir Williams.

The Warriors will be without 7-foot Owen Hulland and freshman guard Justin Webster. And, of course, head coach Eran Ganot is on temporary medical leave.


  1. al November 8, 2019 8:18 pm

    Zigmars Raimo came at 6’7” in 2016.
    Now he’s listed at 6’9”?

  2. NorthShoreFan November 8, 2019 10:02 pm

    Young man ate a lot of Wheaties!

    A win is a win but can’t be all that happy about what went on in the game. They came back with a press and we sent stagnant. A better team would have different results. A lot to work on but some newbies got a some good pt. Athletic guys but…where’s the beef?
    I like the newbies…will be pretty good once they get comfortable.
    Avea the “old man” now. He looked good…and will get better. Much more confident.

  3. cappie the mortgage money lending dog November 9, 2019 6:52 am

    does interim coach chris gerlufsen get credit for the victory? i haven’t seen this situation since the time coach riley wallace collapsed on the bench against, i want to say, utah on the road. and bob nash took over in the next game.

  4. Casual Observer November 9, 2019 7:37 am

    Unusual game in the sense that three local products played meaningful minutes and not mop up service in the last minute. Has this ever happened in UH history (modern era)? I believe both Nedd and Ng are walkons. Are they/will they receive scholarships in the near future?

  5. Loca1boi November 9, 2019 9:38 am

    @ Casual

    Puzzled why all four didn’t get on against FAMU they very well could have. And the lone local product that didn’t see any time is on scholarship. Seems really odd.

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