Warriors win again
Overcoming an arduous travel schedule and a hostile crowd environment, the Hawaii basketball team scored an improbable 89-70 victory over the Shenyang Panpan Dinosaurs on Monday night (China time).
The exhibition game was played before a crowd of around 3,000 at Heishan, China.
Freshman point guard Shaquille Stokes put on another dazzling display, finishing with a game-high 29 points, including five 3-pointers.
Davis Rozitis, who was battling food poisoning prior to the game, added 17 points, and Trevor Wiseman scored 13.
The Warriors won another game on Sunday night, then departed the city of Qingdao on Monday morning. After a two-hour flight and a three-hour bus ride, the team had about two hours of rest at a nearby hotel before heading to the game.
The arena was already filled to its capacity when the Warriors walked in around an hour before tip-off.
Hawaii raced to a 14-3 lead to open the game and never looked back.
Other Warriors who scored were Joston Thomas with 10, Zane Johnson with eight, Bobby Miles with five, Brandon Jawato with three, and Hauns Brereton and Pi’i Minns with two each.
There was an anxious moment in the third quarter, when the teams exchanged pushes and shoves after a hard foul. Players and coaches from both benches came onto the court, although no punches appeared to be thrown.
The Warriors are scheduled to play the same Shenyang team again on Tuesday night. The Dinosaurs are considered one of the better teams in the China Basketball Association.
Video highlights and interviews from this game will be posted later.