The Hawaii basketball team earned its first victory on the “Warriors to Asia” tour with an 86-71 victory over the Qingdao Eagles.
The game was played on Sunday night (China time) before around 1,000 fans at Weifang, China.
Joston Thomas and Davis Rozitis led the Warriors with 19 points each, while Hauns Brereton added 14 and Shaquille Stokes 12.
Other Warriors who scored were Bobby Miles and Trevor Wiseman with nine points each, and Zane Johnson with four.
The Warriors led from start to finish. Two nights earlier, the same Qingdao team defeated Hawaii, 81-80.
“I was real pleased obviously with how we played,” Hawaii head coach Gib Arnold said. “We played them before so the difference between last game and this game is we had a (scouting report).”
Zane Johnson, the leading scorer from last season, saw his first action of the trip, although he only played a few minutes. He sat out the first two games of the trip due to an ankle injury.
However, the Warriors were still down a player as freshman Brandon Jawato was feeling sick and did not play.
The Eagles are a professional team from the China Basketball Association. After the game, the Warriors signed autographs and posed for pictures with youth players from the area.
The Warriors are scheduled to leave the city of Qingdao on Monday morning and arrive in Shenyang, China on Monday afternoon. Hawaii will play another exhibition game on Monday night.
Video highlights and interviews will be posted later.
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