Opening Night: Hawaii vs. Portland

The Rainbow Warriors defeated Portland, 82-64, in tonight’s opening round of the 54th Rainbow Classic.

The ‘Bows assisted on 22 of their 31 field goals, and turned the ball over only nine times — two fewer than their per-game goal. But the key was the defensive play to start the second half.

The Pilots did not score on their first five possessions after the intermission, going 3 minutes, 39 seconds before their first second-half basket. After that, their next bucket came with 9:23 to play.

The Pilots shot only four of 15 in the second half. While they picked up numerous free-throw opportunities on aggressive drives, that was not enough to overcome the ‘Bows’ balanced offense.

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The Rainbow Warriors took a 36-34 lead on Zigmars Raimo’s layup as time expired in the first half.

Brocke Stepteau drove the lane then dished to Raimo, who produced a team-high 11 points in the opening 20 minutes.

Samuta Avea contributed eight first-half points, including a dynamic sequence. Avea, who is 6-6, blocked 6-9 Tahirou Diabate’s shot. Avea then raced the other way, took a feed from Stepteau and soared for a dunk.

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The UH basketball team begins its 99th season with tonight’s game against Portland in the opening round of the 54th Rainbow Classic.

It was 25 years ago when the teams opened the 1993-94 season in the Great Alaska Shootout. The ‘Bows, who were favored, learned that Portland’s best player would not be available because of an injury. The Pilots ended up winning, 100-47. The ‘Bows went 0-3 in the Shootout but rebounded to win the 1994 WAC Tournament and a berth in the NCAA Tournament.

This season’s ‘Bows might open with a rotation of up to 11 players. Sheriff Drammeh, who did not play in last week’s exhibition against HPU, participated in pre-game warmups and is likely to play.


  1. justsomeguy November 9, 2018 7:20 pm

    Go Bows!

  2. Warrior Lifer November 9, 2018 7:52 pm

    Any update on Drammeh? Didn’t enter that entire half.

  3. H-Man November 9, 2018 8:27 pm

    I know this is a basketball blog, but the Fresno St v Boise St football game is a good one. Boise St leading 24-17 with 4 min remaining; Fresno with ball.

  4. Savich November 9, 2018 9:14 pm

    Fresno state won. Or tied.

  5. Savich November 9, 2018 9:15 pm

    Ok. Same.

    Boise State

  6. Savich November 9, 2018 9:18 pm

    Portland state is in the pac northwest. A little more junk than the Big West.

  7. Savich November 9, 2018 9:21 pm

    Utah State takes soul possesion of 1st place mountain west conference west.

  8. H-Man November 9, 2018 10:41 pm

    The University of Portland Pilots is in the West Coast Conference.

  9. cappie the dog November 9, 2018 11:31 pm

    That ’93-’94 game was on Thanksgiving.

    I think Hawaii then lost to Wake Forest.

    I remember Skip Prosser dissing the ‘Bows in print.

  10. cappie the dog November 10, 2018 4:49 am

    If Navy upsets Central Florida, it’s going to shed light on how rigged the College Football Playoff poll is.

    With a Central Florida loss, Utah State would then overtake the Golden Knights in the writers and coaches polls.

    But Utah State is unranked by that committee.

    Fresno State is the only “Group of Five” team chasing Central Florida.

    According to the Sagarin ratings, only nine team separates Central Florida from Utah State.

    A loss to Navy will put Utah State ahead of Central Florida in the analytics department.

    This is a very underrated controversy.

  11. kev-1 November 10, 2018 8:50 am

    Let me add some serious commentary to this basketball post …

    Those uniforms that they were wearing last night were horrendous!!!! What the heck is with the white trim on the shorts. It looked like something my aunty would make with her jagged craft scissors and felt. If that is an attempt to incorporate a Polynesian design, it missed grossly. Get rid of it.

  12. kev-1 November 10, 2018 8:51 am

    Oh … and good game.

  13. anywaaays!!! November 10, 2018 10:02 am

    lol there is no conspiracy. utah state is unranked by the college playoff committee because the best thing on their resume is a 7 point loss to michigan state. they have no power 5 wins and their best win is against a bad BYU team.

  14. cappie the dog November 10, 2018 12:06 pm

    Since Fresno State lost, Central Florida is going to win the “Group of Five” without any opposition. If Utah State holds off San Jose State, begrudgingly, they’ll make their debut, but the difference between both teams, according to the analytics, isn’t that disparate. Being ranked so late in the season, they won’t be able to catch up. And I think that is by design.

    Never trust the NCAA.

  15. H-Man November 10, 2018 2:01 pm

    Hanaoka rushes for first to keep Northwestern’s drive alive. Next play, TD Northwestern with incredible catch by Skowronek in end zone to give Northwester 14-10 lead.

  16. H-Man November 10, 2018 2:09 pm

    Next series, Iowa fumbles, Northwestern recovers and runs the clock out behind RB Bowser Northwestern wins the Big10 Western Division title.

  17. Stephen Tsai November 10, 2018 5:23 pm

    New post:

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