DaBeast Films: Weekend trip to Moloka’i
The Hawai’i basketball team had an interesting two nights on Moloka’i last weekend.
Head coach Gib Arnold scheduled the island retreat as a team-bonding experience, and apparently it worked. Arnold said the team spent the nights sleeping on cots in a high school gym so that they could talk together as a team.
They also had a chance to practice in the Moloka’i High School gym, also known as “The Barn.” The Warriors will play a regular-season game there against Chaminade in December.
The team happened to be on Moloka’i when the tsunami warnings were issued on Saturday night, but they were not in danger. In fact, the Warriors spent Saturday night in Moloka’i High gym, which was also an evacuation site, so they shared the gym with several residents of the Friendly Isle that night.
WarriorInsider.com will have more coverage of the Moloka’i weekend in the coming days. For now, below is a preview video from junior forward Davis Rozitis.
Rozitis had camera in hand for his latest episode of DaBeast Films, and was fortunate enough to have assistant coach Brandyn Akana (who is from Molokai) along for the ride.
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Junior forward Christian Standhardinger has been cleared to practice and should be available to play in the exhibition game against Hawai’i Pacific this Friday. He sat out of practices last week with a staph infection on his right arm, but did travel with the team to Moloka’i over the weekend.
Standhardinger’s arm was taped and he was able to participate in a full practice on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, senior center Vander Joaquim is still rehabilitating his injured right knee. He has been doing individual running and shooting drills, but has not been cleared to practice with the team.
Also, freshman recruit Aaron Valdes remains on the sidelines while awaiting clearance from the NCAA.