Warriors juggling studies and basketball this week
The Hawai’i basketball team will be playing a game on the Friendly Island this weekend, but the week leading up to it has been anything but friendly.
The Warriors will play neighbor school Chaminade on the island of Moloka’i on Saturday, but the combination of final examinations, term papers, a loss last weekend, and the preparation for this weekend’s game has made for a difficult week.
“Obviously the studies come first; these guys are here for an education,” head coach Gib Arnold said.
As such, the Warriors had one day off (Monday) this week, and some of the players are being allowed to show up late – or leave early – for practices if it conflicts with their schedule of final exams.
“We’re juggling right now,” senior Hauns Brereton said of the hectic week. “But that’s just part of being a college basketball player.”
It certainly didn’t help that the Warriors had their worst game of the season last weekend in a 63-56 home loss to Pepperdine. “It was a tough one for us,” Arnold said. “I didn’t think we played as well as we had been playing … took a little step back and occasionally that happens.”
Arnold said the Warriors spent Tuesday’s practice focusing on some of the mistakes from the Pepperdine game, and will spend the rest of the week preparing for Chaminade.
The Warriors are 4-3, and the Silverswords are 3-5. The Warriors are scheduled to depart Honolulu on Friday night; Chaminade plays a home game against Cedarville (Ohio) on Friday night, and will travel to Molokai on Saturday afternoon.
When: Saturday, Dec. 15, 7:30 p.m. HT
Where: Moloka’i High School Gym/“The Barn” (2,000) – Ho’olehua, Moloka’i
Streaming Video: None.
Radio: ESPN 1420 AM will carry the game live. Neighbor islands can listen live on KNUI on Maui, KHLO in Hilo, KKON in Kona, and KTOH on Kaua’i.
Audio Webcast: Live audio streaming on espn1420am.com
Live Stats: Live in-game stats are available at HawaiiAthletics.com
Ticket Information: $8 (at the door); $5 (presale); $2 (students and sr. citizen). Call 567-6959 for more information.