Live Basketball Blog: Hawaii vs. Samford

The Hawaii basketball team overpowers Samford, 94-73, before 2,978 in the Stan Sheriff Center today.

Eddie Stansberry led the way with 23 points. Freshman Justin Webster hit four 3s and finished with 15 points.

Zigmars Raimo accumulated seven points, 11 rebounds and eight assists.

The ‘Bows are now 7-3.

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The ‘Bows have scored seven in a row — and 13 of the last 15 — to widen their lead to 72-45.

Freshman Justin Webster has drained four 3s, and power forward Zigmars Raimo has seven rebounds and eight assists.

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Power forward Zigmars Raimo continues to do the little things. Raimo has assisted on four of the ‘Bows’ five second-half baskets. He now has seven assists.

‘Bows are cruising, 59-42, with 15:53 to play.

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After Samford closed to 40-36, Samuta Avea sneaked into the paint, took a feed from Zigmars Raimo and hit a layup. Eddie Stansberry then followed with and Dawson Carper powered his way for a layup to complete the 7-0 run.

The ‘Bows lead, 47-36, at the intermission.

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The shortest guy on the court — Samford’s 5-10 Josh Sharkey — is making a big impact. After missing his first three shots, Sharkey has hit five of six and now has 13 points.

UH still leads 38-32 with 2:55 left in the first half.

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The Bulldogs went on an 8-0 run to close to 26-15 when UH’s Eddie Stansberry hit — yep, you guessed it — a 3. The ‘Bows have six 3s and now lead 29-15 with 7:46 to play in the first half.

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It’s raining in Manoa. The ‘Bows have hit five 3s, including three by freshman Justin Webster.

The ‘Bows lead 26-10 with 11:24 left in the first half.

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UH guard Eddie Stansberry has only two points, but he has assisted on 3s by Samuta Avea and Justin Webster as the ‘Bows stormed to a 13-4 at the first media timeout.

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After eight days, the Rainbow Warriors are back on the court — OK, OK, not counting practices — for this afternoon’s game against Samford.

The Bulldogs are led by dynamic guard Josh Starkey, a speedster who leads the nation in assists per game (9.6).

The Warriors counter with the 1-2 backcourt of Drew Buggs and Eddie Stansberry.

Phil Martin will serve as honorary captain today.


  1. ai-eee-soos December 15, 2019 4:25 pm


    BEAT BYU !!!

  2. islandman December 15, 2019 4:35 pm

    Status of Hemsley and Villa ?

  3. Warrior Lifer December 15, 2019 4:35 pm

    Any news on Justin Hemsley or Jessiya Villa? I don’t see either of them on the bench or warming up with the team.

  4. Warrior Lifer December 15, 2019 4:36 pm

    2. Haha Islandman, you just barely beat me to the post

  5. clyde December 15, 2019 5:08 pm

    Did I hear correctly? Did the PA announcer introduce the honorary game captain as Phil Handy?!!

  6. Warrior Lifer December 15, 2019 6:04 pm

    5. They did announce him as Phil Handy, to the confusion of myself as well as probably many fans in the arena. The PA announcer later corrected himself and introduced the honorary captain as Phil Martin.

  7. clyde December 15, 2019 8:30 pm

    6. Thanks. I was watching it on TV; Martin looked a little embarrassed. It was not “corrected” by anyone on the TV broadcast. A bit unfortunate.

  8. cappie the $2000 dog December 15, 2019 9:57 pm

    i knew who i was looking at. my caps correspond to what team phil handy is helping coach. phil handy will be a nba head coach someday. phil martin was part of back-to-back ncaa appearances and deserved better. respect for phil martin!!! canadian of note, right up there with geddy lee of rush, margaret atwood, and neil young. i remember a story about how at some uh event, instead of playing the canadian national anthem, they played “rites of spring” instead. not as bad as playing the wrong german national anthem, which i wish wasn’t a real thing, but it happened.

    frank delima singing the national anthem and hawai’i pono’i; my life flashing before my eyes.

  9. BigWave96744 December 16, 2019 6:37 am

    ST No football post since the MWC Championship Game? We FB fans are starving….

    Just saw that Sterlin Ortiz, 5-11, 180 JC S from NE Oklahoma A & M has committed.

    Now that school is out, will there be others besides Holly entering the transfer Portal?

    Did anyone not make grades or get injured and will not be participating in the HI Bowl?

    Will there be any transfers coming to UH?

    Winter LOI day is a few days away, hope we can land more some JC or D1 transfers for DBs, a RB, WR/SB, Dline.

  10. THE burro sabio December 16, 2019 8:17 am

    Ct$2KD, from last post, who *is* the women’s basketball beat writer?

    Also, you should consider pet insurance.

  11. NotNasti December 16, 2019 8:59 am

    2. Hemsley was a scratch due to flu-like symptoms. Villa may have been too sick to attend the game.

  12. hilorain December 16, 2019 9:09 am

    Actually this week is Finals week. Probably not going to have a lot of news. Let the athletes take care a business in the classroom this week.

  13. BigWave96744 December 16, 2019 9:31 am

    Rich Miano & Staff has selected Solomon Matautia to participate in the Hula Bowl.

  14. BigWave96744 December 16, 2019 9:36 am

    Tyson Helton began as JJ’s GA in 2000 then TE/ST coach at UH from 2001-2003. He travelled to many schools to earn his stripes. In his rookie season as a HC at Western Kentucky, he posted an 8-4 record entering his Bowl Game and has been named CUSA Cosch of the Year

  15. THE burro sabio December 16, 2019 1:39 pm

    The 2001 roster had 6 players reach the NFL – Pisa, McBriar, Manuwai, Owens, Hunter, Sopoaga.
    at least 8 players became full-time college coaches – Stutz, Rolo, Bhonopha, Chang, Abe, Smith, Samuseva, Lelie.
    2 GAs, Tuioti and Helton, became full-time college coaches as well.
    Kilinahe Noa, older brother of Kumoku, was on roster, as well as Kila, dad of twin sons on current roster.

  16. Derek December 16, 2019 2:06 pm

    Any other recruits? Signing is Wednesday. Very slow. I got only Ortiz and Smith in the last couple days. Strong deciding on Wednesday. Nothing about local players. Either they are keeping it under wraps or we’re not convincing good players. Very quiet. Maybe like Aritoshi, quiet but effective. Good luck coaches. Get em!!!

  17. Boolakanaka December 16, 2019 3:15 pm

    Our 83 squad had choke NFL players- off the top of my head: Ralph Cherry, Walter Murray, Mike Akiu, Nuu Faaloa, Ron Hall, Niko n Pete Noga, Colin Scotts, Rich Miano, ML Johnson, and Kyle Kafenztis — that’s a lot of guys playing on Sundays.

  18. ai-eee-soos December 16, 2019 5:02 pm

    WARRIOR alums, from KITV.

    Two former UH football standouts part of the 2018 team had NFL Sundays to remember.

    John Ursua suited up for a regular season game for the first time in his NFL career as his Seahawks took on the Panthers in Charlotte. He didn’t register any stats but did get the game ball from quarterback Russell Wilson.

    Jahlani Tavai became the first Lions rookie linebacker to register five tackles for loss, a sack, and an interception in their first season. The interception happened today as he picked off Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston.

  19. THE burro sabio December 17, 2019 7:35 am

    Another local newspaper says that the Jacksonville QB is coming.

  20. sackkabooya December 17, 2019 10:37 am

    The addition of Ortiz gives this defense a different dimension in my opinion. Judging by angles he takes in run support in his hudl videos it should bolster the defense’s obvious “weakspot” and reinforce Batoon’s scheme. Looking forward to more aggressive packages next season because of the all the LB depth so backend support will be key. Backend run support past two seasons was definitely a “mixed bag”, but most times it wasn’t so good (on video).

    Dalton should be ready for proficiency next year too. He was a “mixed bag” as well but you could see the potential. Just the instincts need to sharpen. Can do. He has the physical tools. Going to be a nice tandem. Different (skillset wise) than the Okeke/Hicks tandem. But athletically equal I think. Now just need the JC CB to pair with Davis. Awesome. Unreal soon.

  21. sackkabooya December 17, 2019 12:32 pm

    The addition of Smith to the DL gives Batoon a piece to his “puzzle” that is a better fit for his scheme. I think Smith will fill the role that Se’ei has been in. You could see the limitations of Se’ei but his toughness allowed Batoon to use Taala, Akoteu, and Hune in the running gaps, further away from the center creating a more proficient run stopping ability than earlier in the season.

    On video, Smith shakes and rocks (in 3 point stance) with anticipation. Like a Lion ready to pounce. Built like a 3-4 NT but smaller scale so the fit should be nice for this scheme. Could pair nice with Vega (high motor at 3 technique) and could also iso Taala and/or Laulu allowing them to ‘bull” and reset the line of scrimmage vs run. Just need Justice to step up now. Can do. And Manuwai played good vs Arizona so you can see his potential to step into some “depth” rotational role that Batoon likes to use. Now just need Ritner to step up into Laulu’s role as Laulu replaces Hune on first unit. “Rotational Kinematics”. Batoon’s scheme does sound like Physics.

  22. BigWave96744 December 17, 2019 3:11 pm

    “hilorain December 16, 2019 9:09 am
    Actually this week is Finals week. Probably not going to have a lot of news.”

    2 JC commits, 1 HS commit and 1 FCS transfer in 1 day.

  23. islandman December 17, 2019 3:59 pm

    Dae Dae commits to UH / Click on picture to see him run:

  24. ai-eee-soos December 17, 2019 4:12 pm

    photo gallery of Warriors practice.

  25. ai-eee-soos December 17, 2019 4:17 pm

    # 23 – LOOKIN GOOOD !!!

  26. ai-eee-soos December 17, 2019 4:25 pm

    Fresno State hires former OC Kalen Deboer as HC.

    After Jeff Tedford’s sudden departure at the end of a forgettable 2019 football season, both fans and administrators knew that the clock was ticking to find a replacement. With Early Signing Day hitting on December 18th, the Dogs needed to zero in on their choice, and get their signature on the dotted line before recruits could choose their destinations.

    The early choice for a lot of Fresno State fans was former OC Kalen Deboer, and that is who the university was able to entice back from Indiana to take over the football program. After two highly successful years as the offensive coordinator under Tedford, where they won 22 games and an MWC title, DeBoer was hired away to Indiana University in 2019.

    Just like at Fresno State, the improvement was sudden there. The Hoosiers became the top passing offense in the B1G, and are looking at their first 9 win season in decades. All that the former Sioux Falls coach knows how to do is produce strong offenses and win games.

    He went an absolutely absurd 67-3 while at Sioux Falls, then turned Eastern Michigan into a bowl team before joining the Bulldogs in 2017. An offense that had hovered in the 110s in the last years of the DeRuyter era all of a sudden had life again, and jumped up into the 30s for 2018. Now he is tasked with again fixing a struggling offense, and building a young team back into the title contenders they were in his first stint.

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