Rainbow Classic Basketball: Hawaii vs. Pacific

Eddie Stansberry takes on Pacific a night after scoring 21 in the second half Sunday. / Photo by Stephen Tsai

The ‘Bows use a 14-2 run to surge past Pacific for a 72-67 victory in tonight’s Outrigger Resorts Rainbow Classic.

Trailing 62-60, Eddie Stansberry hit a 3 while falling to the court, and then hit the ensuing free throw to complete the four-point play.

It was tied at 64, when Drew Buggs drove the lane and fed Zigmars Raimo for the layup.

Later, Pacific’s Jeremiah Bailey hit a 3 to cut the deficit to 68-67. The Tigers then called a timeout they didn’t have — leading to a technical foul. Four free throws later, the ‘Bows secured their second victory of the season.

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The ‘Bows are rallying back, closing to 56-54 with six minutes to play.

Mate Colina’s putback made it 56-52.

On the other end, Eddie Stansberry blocked Jahlil Tripp to force a turnover. Drew Buggs got the ball on the right swing, pirouetted and, with nobody to pass to, hit a fadeaway jumper.

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The Tigers scored 16 of the first 23 points of the second half to take a 49-42 lead with 11:49 to play.

The ‘Bows actually lost a point when a review showed Eddie Stansberry’s apparent 3 was really just a two-point basket.

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The ‘Bows lead 35-33 after a wild first half.

The ‘Bows trailed 31-28 with 2:21 to play before finishing the half with a 7-2 run.

Drew Buggs, who missed his first seven shots, fueled the late surge with layup off a power move, and then two free throws.

Justin Hemlsey had an interesting stat line: seven first-half points and two fouls in 5:34 of court time.

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The ‘Bows are clinging to a 22-20 lead with 5:56 left in the first half despite point guard Drew Buggs’ offensive struggles. He’s zero of seven, including zip of five from behind the 3-point stripe.

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The ‘Bows take a 15-9 lead thanks to their backcourt play.

Eddie Stansberry got three points the hard way; he was fouled on a 3-point attempt, and then sank all three free throws.

Kameron Ng then bounced a pass to Justin Hemsley in the low post for a reverse layup.

Soon after, Stansberry drove the lane and fed Ng, who swished a 3 from the left corner.

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The ‘Bows missed their first six shots before Eddie Stansberry, picking up where he left off last night, swished a 3 from the top of the key. It’s 5-all at the first media timeout.

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Hawaii and Pacific face off in tonight’s final game of the 2019 Outrigger Resorts Rainbow Classic.

Former NBA guard Damon Stoudamire is the Tigers’ head coach. The Tigers feature four Division I transfers, led by point guard Justin Moore (Georgia Tech).

It appears the ‘Bows will be without freshman guard Justin Webster for the third game in a row.


  1. DaveLetterMan November 11, 2019 7:58 pm

    ST, any reason why Villa hasn’t played yet?

  2. Matt November 11, 2019 8:18 pm

    I seriously wished they didn’t commit such unnecessary fouls. That’s what hurt them against South Dakota. But man is Buggs getting hampered with cold shooting. 8 for 24 in two games, and now this with 3 for 14. Clearly something’s not right with him. Jeez…now we’re down by 7 against Pacific. We need to get back on track, guys!!! Let’s not repeat the 2016-17 season, please!

  3. cappie the $2000 dog November 11, 2019 10:05 pm

    drew buggs, i don’t think, grew up watching the tail-end of damon stoudamire’s career, but his shoot-first pass-second mentality tonight was driving me crazy. you have to look for stansberry, who was putting up threes with people hanging around him like trevor ruffin. seven 3-pt. attempts from the new distance. i guess being unafraid is worse. aveta has nice form; hopefully he’s hawaii’s second shooter, because i really don’t see a third.

  4. islandman November 11, 2019 10:17 pm

    1. Someone said Red shirt ?

  5. H-Man November 12, 2019 3:16 am

    Need a playmaking guard to run the offense. The current one is more about himself, not the team.

  6. DaveLetterMan November 12, 2019 3:52 am

    Thanks islandman.

  7. Kahuna November 12, 2019 4:30 am

    Brah…..Stansberry was being hounded last night. Even some of his shots had defenders all over him. Yes…he was making them but If his shot wasn’t falling, fans would be complaining about how come Buggs doesn’t take more shots since he has worked hard to improve it and not force the ball to Eddie.

    Bottom line….this is a team game. Buggs taking some shot were out necessity due to time running out and others, he had a matchup advantage.

    Let the guy ball. Just because he is the PG doesn’t mean he can not try and help the team win with his offense.

  8. cappie the $2000 dog November 12, 2019 8:18 am

    point taken. there will be games when stansberry is off. and there will be games when buggs is on. buggs plays hard. that hustle play towards the end of the game was the difference.

  9. NotNasti November 12, 2019 8:35 am

    Buggs dedicated this season to his late mother. He may be trying too hard, and not playing within himself. A delicate situation at this point, as she only passed about one month ago.

  10. PONO November 12, 2019 9:38 am

    Buggs is the heart and soul of the team. He’s a great PG and he realizes that we are lacking scorers so he’s trying to fill the gap. He gets the ball to guys in the right situation and takes care of the ball which is all you can ask for.

  11. islandman November 12, 2019 9:58 am

    5. He led the Big West in assists per game last season

  12. sackkabooya November 12, 2019 10:12 am

    I think Buggs is playing with more emotion than he would otherwise (because of his Mom). I feel like its (the emotion) affecting some teammates positively. Just the distribution timing needs to be adjusted. Bring that same passion every night. Looks like it will be the persona of this years team. Scrappy and tough. Once they get healthy there might be a better flow, hopefully by conference time. I think we all appreciate the effort. Just hang in there. Buggs will “represent” for his entire “Family” (Team, Mom, Fans). His teammates will follow his lead.

  13. Stephen Tsai November 12, 2019 12:12 pm

    New post: https://www.hawaiiwarriorworld.com/?p=52018

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