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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.

GAME INFORMATION
When:
Saturday, Dec. 15, 7:30 p.m. HT
Where: Moloka’i High School Gym/“The Barn” (2,000) – Ho’olehua, Moloka’i
Television: None.
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.

5 Comments

  1. Handle Business…
    Beat Chaminade
    Assume theyʻll be Sky-High and looking to play way over their heads;
    The A-Game, Season Redeeming, Texas-Beating Version
    NOT the Oʻahu-Distracted guys
    Chaminade – The Whole Team –
    Knows What Maui Tourney Level Ball IS
    Time to Work it, Execute & Play Full-On ALL-40 Minutes, whoeverʻs in the Game

    Friendly Isle, Yes
    MIAMI-Ready Intensity Needed On Court
    Finals Pau…Time to Focus on B-Ball
    and Crank It Up to DHC Level
    The Second Season (0-0) begins…

    BC, Thanks for the Play-by-Play
    Dayton & Co. –Thanks for the Video & Team Coverage
    Coach B & G — Thanks for the Extra Effort to Practice Getting The Team Molokaʻi & Road-Ready…
    Repetition & Familiarity, Perfect Practice, Prepping to be Game-Ready for Any Small or Big Gym/Court Anywhere)
    This could be a More Enthusiastic Crowd than Half the BW Road Games

  2. I agree Eagle and others, UH MBB Warriors have to bring it on O and D, play better than they did against Illinois, they have to get back to that Max effort, and close out games, albeit from Field, FT line, limit turnovers..rebound and run..should have a good crowd..

    Mahalo plenty to Molokai, the Friendly Island, for hosting Chaminade and UH, should be a good match

    Go get em Gib and Warriors, the Silverswords will be going full bore to get a signature win..!

  3. In all logical reasoning, the Warriors should win in a blow-out tonight. So why am I so worried??

  4. Props to the Molokai players’ families for providing the post-practice feast. A nice gesture of aloha!

  5. Looks like a real barn-burner on Molokai as Hawaii leads Chaminade, 63-49, at the half. Kinda like the summer league games.

    Hawaii 8 for 11 from 3-point range. CU has made 11 3-pointers.

    Hawaii owns the boards, 26-11.

    Hawaii has 12 assists on its 25 field goals, and shooting 64 percent (I think that’s what I heard). Only 4 turnovers.

    Brereton and Fotu with 12 points each. Stanhardinger has 10 and Spearman 9.

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