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Video update: Warriors lose at buzzer

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The one thing the Hawaii basketball team couldn’t find in Gao Mi, China, on Friday, August 12, was a winning basket.

As a result, the Qingdao Eagles defeated the Warriors, 81-80, in an exhibition game played before around 3,000 fans.

Hawaii had the final possession of the game – with about 15 seconds remaining – but Shaquille Stokes’ pull-up jumper from 15 feet away bounced off the rim just before the final horn sounded.

“We made a run and got up, then they made a run and it looked like we were out and came back and fought,” Hawaii head coach Gib Arnold said. “We had a perfect wide open shot at the buzzer to beat them on an away floor. That’s all you can really ask for. If you can be within striking distance the last minute of a game on the road, we’re pleased.”

Stokes said of his final attempt: “It was a great look. Next time, I promise I ain’t going to miss that shot.”

The Warriors trailed by as many as 10 points in the fourth quarter, and were down 81-76 with 1:30 remaining in the game, but rallied to cut the Qingdao lead to 81-80 on a layup by Davis Rozitis off an assist from Stokes.

“We were down five with a minute, 30 (seconds) left and Coach (Arnold) said let’s get three stops and have a chance to win,” junior forward Hauns Brereton said. “The fact that we did that shows a lot about our team. It shows that we can come together.”

Stokes led the Warriors with 23 points, including 19 in the first half. He was able to pick off several passes from the Qingdao guards and break away for layups.

“We did a lot of things better from the scrimmage (against Australia),” Stokes said. “Still could play better defense. But overall as a team we executed our plays more. We just played harder. We didn’t give up at the end of the game.”

Brereton added 17 points, Rozitis scored 13, and Joston Thomas 12. Other who scored were Brandon Jawato with seven, Bobby Miles with five, and Trevor Wiseman with three.

Zane Johnson, the leading scorer from last season, sat out with an ankle injury. The Warriors used just eight total players, and seven of them played most of the minutes.

“We pretty much played seven players most of the night and we were a little tired and worn down,” Arnold said. “It’s going to be tough this trip. But the heart was there. The legs weren’t always there; I thought the heart was always there though.”

The Warriors are scheduled to play the same Qingdao Eagles team on Sunday, August 14 (China time).

The Eagles are a professional team from the China Basketball Association. Li Gen, a 6-foot-5 forward, led the Eagles with 33 points.

9 Comments

  1. Thanks for the highlights, eventhough they lost the team looks good. I know this is probably asking for too much but any chance you can upload a whole game or half sometime?

  2. Unfortunately, a video like that would be much to large to upload.

  3. I really like that this year’s team knows how to score in transition, unlike recent years past. Having Shaq certainly helps in this area. Playing time for Davis is invaluable, given the situation with Vander. I know Gib must have a backup plan, but I’m hoping Joston knows that he could potentially be logging a lot of minutes in the paint…and when the calls don’t end up going his way, rather than complaining to the refs, he should just smile and look at the Warrior fans instead…we know the refs make some horrible calls, so let us yell at the refs for you. 😉

    Having Zane and Vander back will only help, but let’s also not forget that Miah is scheduled to come back in January too. This team could end up being a lot deeper than it looks right now. Thank you Dayton for your coverage, and to the Warriors for making us proud!

  4. Shaq looks like a good point which Hawaii haven’t had one in long time.With this kind of experience he’ll only get better.A good point guard will other players around him better.When Zane & Vander return we’ll be much better.

  5. Gutsy performance by the ‘Bows. Nice to see the players coming together on this trip.

  6. wow bobby miles missing some wide open shots. looked like everyone else missed some but c’mon bobby

  7. Dayton,

    Thanks for all the great videos. It is awesome that we have such great comments about basketball in August. We all have to remember that this team is basically playing summer ball (with coaches) and after traveling thousands of miles. The effort we have seen so far from these young men has been above and beyond our wildest dreams of any past Hawaii Basketball team. have we ever had a summer program? No. Just remember that these games in China and Japan are helping to shape and build this program for the future. The future of this program is so bright, let’s not worry about missed shots and wins and losses on this trip. We should save those worries for the season. Go Warriors!!!

  8. Shaq will make more than his share of game-winners in his career, which is only beginning. I really hope Vander comes back, but at least for now, Rozitis is getting invaluable minutes. He’s got skills; just needs to toughen up in the paint. Thanks for the game video, Dayton. I know how much work that takes.

  9. Remember Miles shot around 50% from the FT line last year. His shot looks much better now… even though he’s still missing some open ones.

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