Hawaii basketball set for exhibition against Chaminade

It has been a difficult preseason for Drew Buggs and the Rainbow Warriors. / Photo by Cindy Ellen Russell, Star-Advertiser

The men’s basketball team will offer a preview when it plays host to Chaminade in an exhibition Wednesday night in the Stan Sheriff Center.

This has been a difficult preseason for the Rainbow Warriors. Because of a late eligibility ruling from the NCAA, guard Junior Madut won’t join the ‘Bows until January. Washington State transfer Ahmed Ali withdrew from school because of a medical condition. Five players have missed practices because of injuries, including 7-foot post Owen Hulland, who is out indefinitely. Two weeks ago, point guard Drew Buggs‘ mother died in California.

Buggs returned to Hawaii this week, and participated in Monday night’s practice.

“We’re here to support him,” said head coach Eran Ganot, who traveled to California last week to offer condolences to Buggs’ family. “It’s an incredibly difficult situation. We love him. We love his family. We support his family and Drew during this time.”

Several newcomers have had extended reps because of the shortage of practice players. Justin Webster, Jessiya Villa and Kameron Ng have taken turns at point guard. Bernardo da Silva, who is 6-9 with a 7-2 wingspan, has proven to be a confident shooter and deft ball-handler.

“He’s not shy,” Ganot said of da Silva. “He’ll let it fly. He’ll be aggressive, which is a good thing. … He’s underrated in the post. When he gets his shot, it’s hard to block because of how high his release is.”

Forward Bernardo da Silva, who is 6-9 with a 7-2 wingspan, is among the Hawaii basketball newcomers set for tomorrow’s exhibition against Chaminade. / Photo by Stephen Tsai


  1. ai-eee-soos October 29, 2019 3:16 pm



  2. tom-warriornation October 29, 2019 5:04 pm

    Come join our Road Warrior group at UNLV on Nov 16; and sit with other UH fans and families of our current players at the 25-50 yard line right behind our beloved Warriors; with the families of QB #13 Cole McDonald, RB #26 Miles Reed, WR #3 Jason-Matthew Sharsh, OL #74 Gene Pryor, LB #12 Kanai Picanco, DE #48 Derek Thomas, P #36 Ben Scruton, WR #87 Rob Funkhouser, KR #11 Justice Augafa, QB #16 Zach Daniel, etc. And let’s spoil their homecoming like we did at Reno!

    Our group is 700+ at UNLV; and come join our free tailgate; and meet your fellow diehard fans and former players like Greg Cummins, Kody Afusia David Toloumu, Nicky Clark, Gary Allen, Dave Mutter (maddog), Rick White, Greg McElroy, Marc Reno, Eddie Gallegos, Sam Carroll.

    Email me: tomkitaguchi@yahoo.com

    or Text me 415-324-0585

  3. cappie the mortgage money lending dog October 29, 2019 7:01 pm

    i missed jeff portnoy day. “hoops talk” with jeff portnoy and jackson wheeler made me laugh. i like artie wilson’s “on point”, too, but i enjoyed portnoy and wheeler’s blunt assessments of the player personnel. i see wilson a lot around kahala mall. i wanted to stop him once and say that his interview with willie mays was the most amazing moment on local sports radio ever. but he gave me the impression that negrus webster chan was going to carry the team to the final four.

  4. ai-eee-soos October 30, 2019 11:57 am

    in case anyone’s interested … one MWC writer’s opinion


  5. THE burro sabio October 30, 2019 1:39 pm

    Calling the SA a bunch of tight ba$tards apparently gets you censored.

  6. Andrew October 30, 2019 2:59 pm

    I think he was dropped because he and Jackson have been pretty vocal about criticisms about the program. UH can’t control who is on radio shows at ESPN1420 but they can control who does the radio broadcasts for UH games.

  7. THE burro sabio October 30, 2019 4:25 pm

    #6 – no one at UH is foolish enough to have been involved in Portnoy’s ouster.

  8. THE burro sabio October 30, 2019 4:35 pm

    #7 – I take that back. If someone was involved they thought they were smart by waiting until Portnoy was off the board. But he still has long arms and friends in high places.

  9. izzy October 30, 2019 6:03 pm

    Baldwin graduate, Kurt Suziki and the Washington Nationals pull off comeback win for first World Series championship!

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