‘Older guys’ stand out in scrimmage
For the second time in five days, the Hawaii basketball team held an intrasquad scrimmage in the Stan Sheriff Center on Wednesday afternoon.
“First of all, they get a feel for college officiating,” Hawaii head coach Gib Arnold said. “They feel a little more game-like, the lights are on, so you kind of see who competes and we’re looking for guys who respond to that.”
Among the players who responded well on Wednesday were holdovers from last season Bill Amis, Zane Johnson and Hiram Thompson.
Amis scored 20 points to lead the black-jersey squad to a 62-60 win over the white-jersey team. Johnson led the white with 21 points, including five 3-pointers.
“Yeah, I was feeling really good, until they went zone, then I worked it into my bigs,” Johnson said.
Thompson, who was the starting point guard for the Warriors last season, scored 13 points during the scrimmage for the white team. Amis and Johnson both redshirted last season.
“Everyone’s coming out here and there are no guaranteed spots with a new coach and new system so everyone’s coming out and working hard every day,” Amis said.
Arnold, who is in his first season as head coach at Hawaii, said: “Bill’s been great. Bill, Zane and Hiram, my older guys, have all looked good. But some of the freshman stepped up, too. I thought Bo Barnes had a good day, and so did Bobby Miles.”
Barnes finished with 16 points for the black team, including four 3-pointers. Miles hit the game-winning shot.