Rainbow Classic basketball: Hawaii vs. South Dakota

South Dakota held off a frenetic Hawaii rally for an 81-75 victory.

The Coyotes won for the second time in as many rounds to clinch the Outrigger Resorts Rainbow Classic title. The tournament concludes tomorrow.

The ‘Bows, who trailed by nine at the half, closed to 72-70 but could not cut the deficit further.

Eddie Stansberry, who was scoreless in the firs half, finished with 21 points.

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Eddie Stansberry has been one of UH’s few bright spots in the second half. After a scoreless first half, he has 13 points in a variety of ways. He launched a one-legged jumper from the right corner and swished two shots on step-back moves.

‘Bows still trail, 63-52, with 7:14 to play.

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The ‘Bows scored the first six points of the second half to close to 35-33 with 17:48 to play. Eddie Stansberry, who was scoreless in the first 20 minutes, capped the mini surge with a pull-up jumper.

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The ‘Bows enter the intermission in a 35-27 hole.

Their three elder leaders — guards Drew Buggs and Eddie Stansberry and forward Zigmars Raimo — scored a combined three points on 1-for-12 shooting.

The Bows’ wings have supplied most of the offense. Samuta Avea has 11 points on four of six shooting, including three 3s. Justin Hemsley scored on five first-half points on a 3 and steal-and-dunk.

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Triston Simpson fueled a 9-1 run to give the Coyotes a 24-16 lead. During the surge, Simpson hit a fadeaway jumper and later drove the lane for a left-handed layup.

Samuta Avea’s 3 ended the UH drought.

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The Coyotes scored 11 of the first 13 points before Justin Hemsley led the UH surge.

Hemsley stoled an inbounds pass and drove for a dunk.

Later, he fed Samuta Avea, who drained a 3 to tie it at 13.

Hemsley’s 3 gave UH its first lead at 16-15.

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It’s the second round of the Outrigger Resorts Rainbow Classic with the Rainbow Warriors playing host to the Coyotes.

The Coyotes are athletic from one to five, but get most of their production from the frontcourt 6-10 Tyler Hagedorn and 6-6 Stanley Umude.


  1. cappie the $2000 dog November 10, 2019 8:26 pm

    raimo conceded the basket, late in the game. he just put his hands on the player’s back. it wasn’t a push. and the referee blew the whistle. later in the game, buggs was bumped going for the layup, no whistle. when i watch other games, the home team get the lion’s share of the calls. hawaii is different. the crews always seem out to get us.

  2. PONO November 10, 2019 9:29 pm

    It’s going to be a long year if Stansbury has an off shooting night. We have such limited options to score the ball.

  3. Whitey November 11, 2019 6:52 am

    Are there players, football and basketball, in the midwest that UH neglects? Yes! Very embarassing for UH to lose to USD. They are a very small school from a town most don’t know, Vwemillion.

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