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Travel weary Warriors drop Asia finale in Japan

Two weeks of traveling in foreign territory finally caught up to the Hawaii basketball team.

The Warriors appeared weary in a 94-70 loss to the Panasonic Trians professional team from Japan. The game was played before around 500 fans in Osaka, Japan.

The Trians opened the game with a 14-4 run and never looked back. By halftime, the Warriors trailed 47-28.

“They got us good. They were good and they jumped on us early and we had a hard time coming back,” Hawaii head coach Gib Arnold said. “This was maybe the only game where I really felt like we didn’t have the legs and ran out of steam.”

Joston Thomas led the Warriors with 17 points. Shaquille Stokes added 15, despite sitting for half the game due to foul trouble. Hauns Brereton and Brandon Jawato each scored 11 points — all in the second half.

Others who scored were Davis Rozitis with eight, Trevor Wiseman with five, and Bobby Miles with three.

Starting guard Zane Johnson did not play due to an ankle injury.

The Panasonic team featured two American players — former UCLA star Charles O’Bannon, and former Virginia Tech player Adrian Custis, who finished with a game-high 30 points.

It was the final exhibition game on the 2011 Warriors to Asia tour for the Hawaii basketball team. The Warriors went 3-1 against pro teams from China, and 0-1 in Japan.

The team is scheduled to return to Honolulu on Sunday. Video highlights and interviews will be posted later.

15 Comments

  1. hah i knew it was too good to be true. i guess this is way the better of the travel teams they played

  2. Dude they been on the road for two weeks….

  3. @hawaiifan09 or it could be because they have been on the road for 2 weeks traveling thousands of miles….in China! Give em a break.

  4. I really don’t care about wins and losses for this trip. It was more of a life experience for these guys than anything else. With only 10 practices prior to the trip, traveling hundreds of miles, by bus, plane, etc… then having to play basketball games against professional teams, I say our Warrior Boys did themselves well. They are figuring themselves out and by actually winning 3 games against professional teams proves they are going to be good this year. Gotta remember they are not a full strength. Leading scorer Zane is out with an injury, leading big man Vander Joaquim is playing for Angola, we lost Mitchell, Stevens, and Biggs due to academics, and possibly Blakes too. So we’re running on 10 guys with an actual game rotation of 7 maybe 8? Regardless, at least there’s a few things we’ve learned from this trip… Shaq Stokes and Hauns Brereton are the real deal and can ball out. Davis Rozitis is a funny cat and will be a big piece in the rotation this year unless he starts aside from Vander. Joston Thomas is showing flashes of his potential and seems to be our most athletic big right now. Bobby Miles looks more in control of the offense now than from last year. Wiseman is just a solid player period. Jawato and Pi’i also look good and should contribute. I’d say with the new additions getting enrolled in school soon our Warrior team will making some March Madness noise!

  5. no it’s not being on the road for 2 weeks. make like they can’t rest/sleep

  6. Ignore hawaiifan, he doesn’t know what he’s talking about most of the time

  7. Dayton, thanks for taking us on the journey!

  8. Ditto Ryan! Hawaiifan09 is a pendejo.

  9. Congrats to the team , probably flying home , it’s sunday in Japan, and we hope Gib will get on the phone with upper campus and let Blakes register for fall semester .

  10. Dayton…good job…what an experience…thanks for sharing…

  11. at their age it doesn’t matter

  12. You are clueless…please stop posting

  13. you are clueless..it’s not legs it’s not having zane and vander duh

  14. Thanks for the game coverage Dayton! Go Warriors!

  15. This is the first time since I have been following UH basketball (fab 5) that I have been able to see the team practice and shoot the breeze. It is something that is sorely missed, especially during the long summer drought. I always wanted to know how the new guys looked and whether or not the return players improved their game. The summer league videos and the trip to China made this summer that much more enjoyable. Keep up the good work. I appreciate it very much. Thank you and Mahalo.

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