Warriors receive friendly welcome on Moloka’i
The Hawai’i basketball team received an appropriate friendly reception upon its arrival on the Friendly Island of Moloka’i on Friday night.
The Warriors’ flight from Honolulu to Ho’olehua was delayed by about an hour, but the host staff from Moloka’i High School waited patiently past their normal bedtimes to allow the Warriors to get in a late-night practice in preparation for Saturday’s game against Chaminade.
The Warriors are scheduled to play the Silverswords at 7:30 p.m. in Molokai High School’s gym, which is called “The Barn.” Although Chaminade is a NCAA Division II program, the final result and statistics will count for both teams.
It will be the first regular-season game played by a UH team on the island of Moloka’i.
Especially friendly were the players for the Moloka’i High boys basketball team, and their parents. The boys sat in the gym to observe the practice, and the parents prepared a local-style dinner for the Warriors to eat after the practice. The spread included teriyaki venison, Korean chicken, kalua pig and cabbage, chili, and other side dishes and desserts.
The Warriors worked up their appetite with a one-hour practice – focused mostly on defending the smaller Silverswords. Chaminade does not have any players taller than 6 feet 7, and interestingly enough, the Warriors were experimenting with a lineup that featured 6-10 Vander Joaquim, 6-8 Isaac Fotu, 6-8 Christian Standhardinger, 6-6 Hauns Brereton and 6-4 Jace Tavita on the court at the same time.
While the Warriors were preparing on Molokai on Friday night, the Silverswords were playing a game in their home gym. Cedarville (Ohio) defeated Chaminade, 74-65, in a NCAA-II game at McCabe Gym.
De’Andre Haskins and Kevin Hu both played and scored nine points each for Chaminade. Both players sat out the previous two games with injuries. Haskins is the team’s top player, averaging 19.4 points and 6.7 rebounds per game.
Hawai’i is 4-3 and looking to snap a two-game losing streak. Chaminade is 3-6 and on a five-game losing streak.
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 808-567-6959 for more information.