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UPDATED: Hawkins and UC Davis shoot down Warriors


In a lights-out shooting performance, Corey Hawkins scored a career-high 40 points — hitting 8 of 9 attempts from 3-point range — and UC Davis drained a stunning 16 of 26 from beyond the arc Saturday night as the visiting Aggies knocked off Hawai’i, 93-82, in Big West Conference men’s basketball action.

An amazed crowd of 6,814 at the Stan Sheriff Center watched the Warriors fall to 10-8 overall, 4-3 in the Big West. UC Davis improved to 7-10, 3-3.

Christian Standhardinger led UH with 20 points to go with eight rebounds, Vander Joaquim added 16 points and 11 boards, and Isaac Fotu and Brandon Spearman each finished with 10 points.

But the night truly belonged to Hawkins, a fluid 6-foot-3 sophomore wing.

“He just didn’t miss, it was one of those special nights … you hope it would happen to one of our guys, but once in a while it’s somebody from the other team,” Warriors coach Gib Arnold said. “He kept extending, and was just on fire.”

Hawkins’ 40-point game is the second-highest total ever for a player in the Stan Sheriff Center, which opened in October 1994. It is topped only by Josh Akognon’s 41 points in a victory over Hawai’i on Nov. 16, 2008. The most ever scored by a UH opponent is 47 by Marshall Rogers of Texas-Pan American on Feb. 27, 1976, when the Rainbows played their home games at Blaisdell Arena.

The eight 3-pointers by Hawkins also ties the record for most by an opposing player; Steffan Johnson of Idaho also hit eight in 2010.


The Aggies as a whole put on a fantastic 3-point shooting exhibition in the first half, draining 14 of 21 shots (67 percent). Five different players found the mark from long distance, led by Hawkins (7 for 8, 21 points).

UC Davis hit 7 of its first 10 from 3-point land, with Tyler Les’ three-ball giving the Aggies a 28-14 lead with 10:48 remaining in the half. UH was then able to convert a series of UC Davis turnovers into fast-break points and eventually cut it to 30-28 after Brandon Jawato’s 3-pointer from the right wing capped a 12-0 run with 7:11 left.

But Hawkins answered with his own 3 some 25 seconds later, and he hit five more treys over the final five minutes of the half to help give the Aggies a commanding 54-37 lead at intermission. Hawkins entered the game shooting just 25 percent from 3-point range for the season.

“You just have to continue to shoot,” Hawkins said. “I think they were all pretty good shots, and I had the confidence after the first couple went in.”

UC Davis coach Jim Les said he got a preview of his team’s pinpoint marksmanship during the pre-game walk-through.

“They were shooting the ball well, the guards in particular,” Les said. “I was helping them rebound, but you don’t have to do much work when the ball just comes through the net.”

Les also attributed the Aggies’ fast start to sharp focus and attention. Their teamwork was exemplified by 13 first-half assists.

“Early on, they came out and showed great resolve,” Les said. “Once we got into a rhythm, it was hard to break for Hawai’i. We had great ball-movement, the passes were so crisp. Guys turned down good shots to get great shots for others.”

And those great shots just kept falling.


“They caught fire,” said Warrior guard Garrett Jefferson, regarded as the team’s top pure defender. “Everything they were shooting was going in. We tried a bunch of different defenses, but we just didn’t get out to shooters fast enough. Once they hit one, two, it just kept going … three, four.”

Les said UC Davis point guard Paolo Mancasola’s penetration and kick-out passes to the perimeter was “troublesome for Hawai’i.” Arnold agreed, and said Hawkins’ unexpectedly torrid shooting just made matters worse.

“(Mancasola) hit a couple shots in the lane early, and it forced us to suck in on his drives,” Arnold said. “I felt they were blowing past us, taking us off the dribble. We used three or four different defenses and tried to slow them down and get them off their rhythm, but they had answers for it. They were spreading it out and we couldn’t key on one guy. They already had two or three good shooters, and Hawkins is usually more of a driver. But then all of a sudden he’s playing like Reggie Miller, so now now they’ve got four hot hands out there. They were really, really hot.”

The Aggies maintained much of their big lead throughout the second half, although the Warriors were able to close it to 81-74 after Standhardinger’s layup with 1:55 remaining. But Hawkins sank 12 straight free throws down the stretch to finish perfect from the line for the night.

He also ended up with eight rebounds, two assists and one steal, and received a respectful ovation from UH fans as he exited the game with 25 seconds remaining.

“That’s as good as it gets,” Les said about Hawkins’ electric performance. “He wasn’t shooting 3-pointers well for the year, but I give him credit because he kept working at it and put in a lot of extra time in the gym after practice. And to score 40 points off of only 14 field goal attempts, that is unbelievable efficiency. Especially at the free throw line, there is nothing more discouraging for a team trying to catch up than having someone make all their free throws (down the stretch).”

Despite UC Davis tying a UH opponent record for 3-point goals made (16, matched only by Chaminade last month), Arnold said there were some bright spots in the loss, most notably a conference season-low 13 turnovers. The Warriors also had perhaps their best free-throw shooting game so far, making 18 of 22 attempts (81.8 percent).


But neither of those factors could overcome the blistering shot-making pace set by Hawkins and the other Aggies.

“When a team shoots 16 of 26 on 3-pointers, a 61-percent clip, it’s tough,” Arnold said. “We beat them in just about every other category, we got 12 more (field goal attempts) than them, and we lose by 11. That just goes to show … they were really hot.”

Senior wing Hauns Brereton did not play due to a knee injury. He was the only Hawai’i player who did not see action in the game.

Hawai’i’s next game is scheduled for Thursday at Cal Poly. It will be the first of four consecutive road games for the Warriors.

(Game photos courtesy Brandon Flores)




  1. Hey TEAM,
    You had giving your best against a potato. Just let Illini take care of the spud!
    Work hard, get better & better.. some nights you can be on, too.

  2. Thanks for the report (Wes) and video (Dayton); didn’t get to see the game.

    Not much you can do (defensively) when a guy comes in shooting 25 percent from 3-point range, then goes 8 for 9. It’s like when Jawato went 7 for 7 in a half. Someone gets in a rhythm, his confidence is flowing, the basket is looking bigger and bigger … well, that’s how you set a school scoring record, which Hawkins did. Plus, he went 12 for 12 from the FT line? Can’t guard him, there. Give props to the guy (is he as good as his dad?) and the point guard, who had a career-high 11 assists. Nuff about the Aggies.

    Agree with other posters that there are positives, judging from the boxscore. Thirteen turnovers, 18 of 22 FTs (8 for 8 by Vander) and nine players with double-digit minutes (Davis with 9) — the shared playing time develops experience and chemistry. Win as a team, lose as a team.

    That being said, now that they’ve dropped one at home, gotta win at least 2 of 4 on the upcoming road trips.

  3. When you’re hot, you’re hot. Too bad it was against UH when the home team had good free throw shooting and turnovers were down from previous games.
    UH needs to regroup on this upcoming road trip and keep working forward.
    Go Warriors!

  4. What an amazing showing by…. the student section! They looked awesome. The best Hawaii student section I have ever witnessed. I hope they keep coming out and making noise. It’s just sad that the first game the students show a lot of passion the team does not do well.

  5. Hawkins may have been hot this game but why has he not denied the ball or had Jefferson on his arse the whole game. Someone defensively should have mirrored him all game. Point guards take note of how Paolo played from UC-Davis…penetrated and delivered with confidence and pretty much smoked everyone guarding him off the dribble aside from maybe Jefferson in the second half. Defense was just out of it, playing zone against a hot shooting team was not the answer. Too much scrambling around from the guards getting beat off the dribble making the bigs step up, ball dropped off and frikkin dude with the strong hops murdering the rim or kicked out to Hawkins, Les, etc…draining buckets. Defense needed to be up in their grill. Too many times I seen Paolo penetrate easily pass the D, dish and drain, all night long.

    Honestly, if UC Davis didn’t let up in the second half the outcome could have been even more disastrous. Also, I agree that Vander really is not fully recovered. Defensively he is not getting up off the ground to disrupt shots, more athletic bigs are making him look silly at times. Tonight dude with the hops was just dominating above the rim and getting nasty. Granted he is a threat offensively but defensively he needs to get up and contest shots. Same with Fotu down low, lots of times I see him getting beat or standing around not going after the ball and intimidating people. Both do a decent job cleaning the glass but need more of an intimidating presence near the rim on D…

    Anyway, I honestly still think our team should be killing this league. I hope they figure it out now that we’ve seen what every team in this league is about. Guard play on every team we’ve faced will be the biggest challenge for us since our guard play is not stellar. The boys just need to remain confident and play with something to prove. They need to play with some controlled aggression and anger and attack teams relentlessly. Just my take…

  6. Gib on post game radio show, reminded me of when Riley would lose a game, very down that team lost, acknowledged incredible shooting display by Hawkins, he and especially team, wanted to win, got into a hole, ran into a buzzsaw offensive output by opposing team. Every major NCAA DI coach has had that experience, ask Terry Holland of Virginia when they played Chaminade 30 years ago.

    Gib is a product of local HS basketball, a Gatorade player of the year, so , great local Hawaii connection, he wants nothing better than to produce a winning, fun BB product for fans , UH and Hawaii. Too bad on PG situation.

    , Gib is being so innovative, trying everything , Zone, traps, Zone Point with Davis, 4 guards, one Big, a 6’8″ SF at PG, to WIN. , for that, he is giving his all as a coach. This year’s team, there is not quit in them, even when trailing by 11 with 11 seconds to go, they still were trying to get steal. Credit to the kids.

    Gib is a good fit for UH. This year will be a good finish, hope they get shot at NIT or NCAA with a big final kick down to the end. And look forward to next year. But, hey, eagle, there are still 12 and possibly 15 more games before post season March madness, still a lot to play for.

    Sad part, only 5 more home games at SSC . so fellow fans come out, maybe next time, Jawato,,Fotu, Ozi, or Roop, or Vander, Spearman goes off for 35 pts, or two UH guys go off for 30 and 30. would be awesome

    Gib is on right track. UH will have to steal some wins on the road, and they can, they should have had the wins at Irvine and LBSU, now, they go out and win games in Cali, a good respite from Hawaii, go away , and just play hoops! Have fun, and have success guys!!

  7. Pauoa Boy:

    good comments. Yes, the team has to be more agressive and smart Defensively. Gib, wise thing to do, maybe go back to game One. Agree , this BWC has great smalls, guards and athletic post players, quick. However, this league is winnable, it is not the ACC. Gib and staff and guys, have to get after it on D, and the Bigs have to protect the rim.

    It is good that Fotu , Vander and Christian, like to score, however, Defense wins championships. This road trip: probably a good thing for UH BB team, they have to focus, and concentrate on nothing else but the game, (of course keep up with school too!).

    They still have 11 more regular season BWC games, they still could finish in top 3 or 4 for seeding. And any post season play. However, take one game at a time. Scout, yes, get out of a very loose zone, get your best defenders on the floor most of the times, that is when UH is at their best. Guys keep working it, you still have a shot , only 2 games out of first place. 8 of the top teams in the BWC are separated by 1 or 2 games in standings, real parity.

  8. It’s time for an evaluation. First of all, Arnold needs to evaluate himself, then he should evaluate his assistant coaches, Taylor, Akana, and Fisher. Are they doing a good enough job in coaching and teaching. And last, then you evaluate the players. Gotta dig deep and be self critical. Everybody, including the coaches and the players need to decide what they are going to improve on to help this team to win, both at home and on the road. You can wait. Gotta do it right now.

    It seemed that the effort was very good, but the defensive end was very lacking. Is that preparation or execution. Probably both. I noticed they went to a zone quite a bit. He used a 3-2 zone, did he try to go 2-3, or even 4-1, covering the perimeters with one big man inside? Or play zone, but man to man on Hawkins? I don’t know what the coaches are thinking.

    Some observations:
    1) Jefferson surprised me with his defensive steal a couple of time, but he didn’t always finished. He made made 2 F/T, then missed the next two. Gotta focus and be consistent.
    2) Pavlovic – he seemed a little slow, not quick. He didn’t have the same intensity he had on Thursday. He made a dunk, nice, and 2 3s, but overall he didn’t have a good game defensively.
    3) Tavita – 6 assists, nice, but he’s a non threat offensively. No shots taken. He doesn’t want to shoot the ball and even when open he hesitates a little bit before pulling the trigger. As a PG, you gotta shoot the ball sometime, and get to the line. Problem is, he doen’t want to get fouled because he thinks he’ll miss the F/T. That’s not helping the team.
    4) Joaquim, Standhardinger, & Fotu – double scoring and they did their average duty, but they could have played better, especially defensively.
    5) Jawato & Spearman – offensively, okay, defensively not so good.
    6) Rozitis – for what he did, he did good in 14 minutes. I like his enthusiam and spunk. Made one bad pass.
    7) Clair – solid defensively stayed with his man, 2 assists, no turnovers, good effort and quickness and intensity. Missed 3 shots from 3 pt range, would have liked to have him drive more. He seemed happy to play after sitting 3 games and he played hard

    Overall, when you score 82 points that’s not bad. Problem is, Corey Hawkins played like Hersey Hawkins and that spelled trouble. He single-handedly beat Hawaii. All the credit to him. 12-12 from the line. He shot F/T like Kevin Durant, even shot 3s like Kevin Durant. Maybe he was Kevin Durant last night. Seemed like it.

  9. As I said – they will split these 2 games at home and now maybe split on road these next four games! True colors are starting to come to light and please stop taking NCAA – UH will NOT go to tourney unless they win BW tourney. Better start wishing for CI.com tournament. Mahalo.

  10. Most of their 3 point shots were wide open. definitely disappointed in this game with the players and coaching.

  11. Derek:

    Good analysis. I think UH go back to that original starting five. Jace, Spearman,Hauns if he is healed, Christian and Fotu. And Focus on defense. Man to Man. Throw in zones, pressure, half, full , and traps, to mix things up. Have Vander come off the bench, Jefferson for energy D, Ozi for shooting, Davis for heart and effort.

    Frustrating. UH does not have current team to match up with a lot of the BWC teams in terms of quick athletes. However you are right coach, staff, and players have to scout better, now they have film on 7 of the 9 teams, so next time they will be ready for LBSU, Irvine and Davis.

    Jefferson, if only he had the 3 ball shot, mid range shot, and could finish with strength at the rim. As well as ability to run offense, he would be a great PG or SG. I notice at SSC , when they have Jefferson, Spearman, Roop, Jawato, Christian, Fotu, going full bore on defense, UH is very effective turning the other team over, however, they expend so much energy, sometimes cannot finish.

    Yes, UH go back to drawing board, however, maybe go with 3 guards and two Bigs who will guard the rim.

    Still have 11 more regular season games, if Hawaii can go 7-4 and finish at 11-7 and be in top 4 for seeding for BWC tourney would be great. Get Bracket buster game in Feb. UH should aim for at minimum 18 win game regular season overall record or 19 wins bottom line. Team will feel good going into BWC tourney.

    The kids are great young guys,. Now up to coach and guys, I still think they should go as small as they can, guards who can defend and get out on shooters and stop dribble penetration and whomever playing the Post, swat everything away.

    DEFENSE helps to get out to running and getting leads, good shooting down the stretch, and the keeping turnovers down, which UH did at 13, on the road, and at home, they have as good a shot as any team. So much parity in league. Cal Davis , I think was picked to finish in bottom 4! They were super hot from 3.

    Correct, love the effort on comeback, and the kids, never stopped, till final seconds still trying to get steals. credit to them , they want to WIN, and if they get things going, come BWC tourney time, they have as good a chance to dance as anyone in the BWC!

  12. Poor showing by Warriors, very poor, game plan did not work, someone needed to be assigned on Hawkins all night long, it didnt happen, we lose at home, doubly troubling since now we have to go on the road two weeks in a row. Come on Warriors, Coaching Staff, STEP IT UP A NOTCH. This is
    now Crunch Time in the Conference!!!!!!!!!

  13. Gib and Jefferson both said they tried a number of defensive sets to no avail. I didn’t see the game so I don’t know what defenses they were talking about. Seems like a box-and-one (on Hawkins) or a triangle-and-two (on Hawkins and the PG) might have helped, but that’s too easy to say after the fact. The 3-2 with Davis at the point has worked well, but against a penetrating point guard where the middle of the zone is vulnerable would not work well.

    I don’t know. Maybe it was a poor defensive effort; maybe for this one game UC Davis was not going to be denied. In either case, it’s over … time to move on. I still believe UH’s chance of winning the Big West tournament is as good as any other team’s, but then that’s what all the other teams are saying, too!

  14. For those on Facebook, take a look at University of Hawaii Men’s Basketball page. By “liking” their page, you will have the scoops on what the student section is planning for each game. Kudos to Coach Gib for coordinating efforts with Jamie Smith for the outstanding turnout of energy and students from the student section.

    Next home game will be 60’s theme inspired, other future themes will be Star Wars etc. This way “Every Game’s a Party!” Ideas from other schools are pulled and integrated into each home game. This new energy allows our team to feel supported even through tough games like last nite.

    I appreciated the student section doing the “I Believe that we can win” chant as the spread was brought within 9pts to help the momentum of the team. I look forward when everything can come together for the team, fans and students. We have high hopes for the team and now we are thankful that the student’s energy can spread throughout the SSC for all the fans to feel!

    All the passion expressed in WI is because we all have high hopes for the team and high expectations to win. Everyone is heard and allowed to speak because everyone has the LOVE of HAWAII MEN’S BASKETBALL, that’s the bottom line.

  15. Dallan — i also thought 50-50 on homestand was “possible” (probably woulda reversed the teams)

    EVERYONE Agrees ALL NCAA Tourney talk is a Three Game BW Tourney Sweep …
    FOR EVERY BW Team…(AND NO SDSU Next Year, Either…)

    Let ‘Em Dream
    Otherwise YOU CAN’T Have a Dream Come True…

    AT Least This Team CAN Win Three in A Row (Twice) …
    AND Next Year … WATCH OUT ! (In a Good Way)
    (Been At Least Ten Years since THAT Was “Reasonable”)

    TRUE Colors?
    Looks to me Like:
    1) Over the Course of The Season, Visible Improvement 1) Of Most Players 2) Overall Team
    2) ALL Players “Displaying” Decent to Good Attitude & Work Ethic
    3) ALL Players Eligible to Return showing evidence of Growth/Improvement
    (I could but so far wouldn’t necessarily say that for All Seniors)
    4) SMART (& heretofore “Impossible”) Move to Four/Five Year Majority/50% Players
    5) EARLY Recruiting Commits, Apparently “By Our Choice” as well as theirs;
    6) GOOD Overall Program Values & Compliance
    7) Consistent .500 or Better Performance (So Far, with Likelihood to Continue or Improve)
    8) GOOD Understanding AND USE of Local & Hawai’ian Values & Sensitivity

  16. The stars lined up for Hawkins! 7-8 beyond the arc last nite or something close to that. Don’t think Coach and Staff expected that and from prior stats his 3pt. % was not one of the top 3 on the team statistics, if I’m not mistaken. Plus you add in the other’s who hit them 3’s for them.

    Many noticed the 1st half comeback with Roop, Jefferson, Spearman only to be subbed out and having the lead balloon again. This conference is guard oriented and at least for this game Coach should have kept them 3 in there as it disrupted UCD offense some for a comeback prior the end of the 1st half.

  17. Best thing so far this year, the emergence of the STUDENT SECTION ! this is what college basketball is all about, the experience ! Kudos to Jamie for all he does! change up the music UH Band for the themes, let’s here some new songs ! add couple students who can play guitar and keyboards .Lets get the student and band section Cranking!

  18. I thought when a guy is hot from the outside you can’t go zone. So why did Hawaii stay in the zone and let this one guy torch us? Many times he was wide open. Jefferson should have been assigned Hawkins and stayed in his face the whole game. To go man Hawaii could have gone with just two bigs or even one to match their speed. I know that our team has better success in zones but I hope that we will not be known for it because it does not teach players man defense which is what you need in the pros. And most players want to continue playing after college so need to develop their game. As such, I think a zone team hurts future recruiting as athletic players can’t show their true potential so won’t come to a zone school. Zones are most effective when you switch to throw the team off. But I question doing it the entire game. We got a deep bench and we could wear down teams if we use all our players, go man, and try to grind them down. Because the final 5 minutes is where you usually try to create separation and win the game. We gotta go with our strength which is the front court and deep bench. Use the front court to match up with bigger teams or go small and use the entire bench for quicker teams.

  19. Enjoy your site Dayton.

    As Valerie stated, the forum and contributors have grown, actually worldwide and great parcipation by UH students coming out, that is development of a Real College BB enviroment!.

    And as Eagle stated, there are positives to this season. Same with jjay’s,servante, Pauoa, Pocho, Former UHA, Dallan, Derek, DK, TribeV. kimo k. Manoa Baller( I know I am leaving some out and I apologize), and some great seminal posters, Clyde, n2joy, al, …and abroad, Aussie Mum and Ozi Mums, Tonganator, and from the BIG Island USA.. Memphis. great impassioned and insightful observations and comments.

    WI, very unique, appreciate how you moderate Dayton. We all agree on one thing, we want to see the young student athletes do well in MBB. Whomever the coach. I think Gib really loves these 16 athletes and has a real passion for winning for UH and the State. Some how , he will get it done. The experience gained by all 12 guys on roster will prove beneficial come BWC tounament time, no question.

    The Warriors, or Rainbow Warriors, have to get it done on the road. Get first win, then second, go for a third. It is rough without at least two very quick PG’s who have grasp of offensive and defensive sets, since they make the calls on the court besides the coaches. These are a great bunch of young student athletes, they , especially the 3 seniors, Jace, Hauns and Vander, want to go out with a championship. The meat of schedule, especially these last 7 road games will be test.

    If Warriors can get 4 wins on road, and sweep the last 4 home games, it would be fantastic. Either way, Dayton, and the original posters, great job for developing interest in UH Basketball again. About a little over year ago, things seemed bleak, now, their is great interest in MBB program, probably the most it has been in several years.

    Shout out to Gib , his wife and kids, Gib’s ohana really feels what he goes through each game day. Wish the best to Warriors rest of season. Hope that we are cheering on a possible regular or BWC tournament champion. I know the team is thinking same way, they will fight to the end!

    Go Warriors!
    P.S. Great comments from Ozi Mum and Aussie Mum. Now I can post a little, ligaments not too sore and eyes better. Apologize, Aussie Mum for long post. Haven’t been able to type for awhile. Will keep any positive observations and comments more concise, however, we all love the team and UH so much, hard to stop typing!

  20. I agree with some comments, Gib should try 3 guards, with two Bigs. Maybe Spearman, Jefferson, Jace and Christian, Vander….or Spearman, Jawato, Jefferson, Christian and Fotu.

    Agreed the BW is guard oriented, other teams figured out how to play UH. and even if they are smaller, they are really physical with UH’s bigs, who are finesse players, not really bangers.

    UH Bigs protect rim, no body drives in for teardrop, or comes into lane and shoots 8 foot jumper, or is able to spin around and spot 3 ball shooters and a Big coming back door. Bigs, the paint is your house, protect it like it is your personal space, swat , all that weak stuff out of there.

    I think coaching staff wants them to play tougher, if UH goes to CIT, NIT or NCAA, they are going to have to, the other teams are finesse and PHYSICAL. Come on Gib and guys, no fear, just go out and play Big Boy Ball!!

    Gib think about it coach, maybe go with guys, 3 or even 4 smalls, and 1 or 2 Bigs who will play good man to man defense and help side team defense, then mix in zone, traps, etc. Go like that from minute one to final 5 minutes, now you can use , sorry about Hauns injury, all 11 of guys, rotate in and out, however up to you guys, MBB team to finish after you get the turnover. Relax, and play to win. You still have potentially 15 (with 3 games , hopefullly in BWC tourney)more before, invites to March Madness. You guys have everything to gain, nothing to lose , just ball!

  21. sorry, at game, appreciated Roops efforts too, helped UH comeback, with Spearman and Jefferson. That group of guards along with Jawato hitting a 3 or two, is exciting to watch. Total energy, Gib should try, against the small BW teams, go small on small with 1 Big or two. From outset. Just go high energy, when UH wears down, the opponent, then go Big, and pound them away. Gib might have to think outside of the box, we know the Bigs are UH team, however, have to be flexible. Gib have practices, with just 3 guards, a wing and a big, just going after it defensively, man , zone press, man press, doubles, traps, and get steals, block shots, 10 second calls, and off and running. Only thing UH guys got so gassed, couldn’t finish when they got steals. Oh well. Gib you have to try . Go small with a Big next time. Actually this week on road., What really threw UH off? I think, Pacific couldn’t hit a 3, horrible 3 ball shooting, then UC Davis comes in , and they don’t miss that first half, total 16 for game just like Chaminade, If Gib and staff and team prepared, UC Davis,at home in Cali will be jacking 3’s, maybe hit 10, however, UH will have to get into them, man to man, full court, disruption on D and runouts and finish. Could be , if scout good, and team improves, would not put it past UH to get win on road against Davis and any BW team. the leauge is so wide open , Parity, any one can win it!

  22. Wow Hi Uhfanzonly1,

    Don’t apologise for the length of your comments – I just thought it would not be so damaging to your health if they were short. But it is great to hear from you and all the other bloggers. It is a really terrific forum with considered, insightful and honest opinions being discussed, debated and argued!!!

    That was a difficult game against the aggies and I think all the technical aspects have been picked over quite a bit. They were obviously a very well drilled and disciplined team that had a really good night with their 3’s dropping like flies.

    However, I was delighted and surprised that we hung in there so well – it was a great effort for our boys and I think they stood tall in the face of such a team – well done boys!

    Also, the feedback about the student section is great with all the hard work that Jamie Smith has done to promote this kind of support – well done Jamie!!!

    Good to hear from you Uhfanzonly1 – keep improving with your health and keep doing what the doctors tell you to do.

  23. Thankyou Aussie Mum and hello to Ozi Mum too.

    Your sons are great young men. The team, as you know, they really are good citizens, representing the University of Hawaii. I was thrilled to see Michael get into game in last 3 minutes, Gib needed his 3 point shooting! And Ozi Mum, Ozren is and will be a very good Basketball player for UH and possible after college Basketball. He has a great shooting touch.

    Okay, thank you. I still will not post as much, I enjoy, what Dayton started, and I remember, Eagle posting, come on UHF, keep on posting to support forum and WI. Well, Eagle and fellow fans, WI, thanks to Dayton , his staff and sponsors, WI has taken off. It is not a UHF site, it is for the guys a Warrior Men’s Basketball site. Greatest reports on UH BB team in the world!!

    You take care Aussie Mum and Aussie Dad and your familiy.
    Aloha. Uhfanzonly1.

  24. Aussie Mum, yes playhoopsa is our younger part of ohana. He wanted to paste my comments, I let him know too, what to write. Either way, myself and whole family love WI and all UH sports. I am thankful he knows the team and Basketball too. So his expressions represent our whole family.

    playhoopsa is our youngest member of ohana. He help me to write too. So he will keep posting away. We get into arguments too, about what UH and Gib should or should not do. Good guy, loves UH MBB too. He wanted to post, and I said go ahead. So playhoopsa just another, young fan.

    He didn’t know the Aussie Mum and Ozi Mums, so filled him in, and he asked when he joined forum.
    Sorry for confusion.


  25. Uhfanzonly1

    Good to see you are on the road to recovery, G’Day Aussie mum, and Ozi Mum. It’s never a dull moment with this team!!! Me and my brother and the kids listened in to the game on radio (couldn’t get live stream) man it was noisy with all the cheer especially in the last 2 minutes. It will be exciting road trip, we will be cheering every game.

    Thanks Dayton and sponsors. Awesome site.

  26. Guess everyone is thinking and wondering the same thing.
    Why stay in a zone!?

    Switch to a man and leave Gee on Hawkins or Paolo all night with a smaller line-up to match their quickness.
    It was driving me crazy watching the zone crumble under their hot shooting. Rotations were slow.
    Should have went gee, spearman, jawato, fotu, and Christian.

  27. The ROAD WARRIORS head out tuesday night, lets’s attack Cal Poly with a athletic 3 guard line up to run them down! Do not come back unless you get two wins Warriors, that’s an order!! You blew the last game now win the next four in a row, Come On Man, you can do it.


  29. Uhfanzonly1, I’m glad you’re feeling better and I want that you every day is getting better and better

    Aussie Mum, The Tonganator everyone else outside of the U.S. may help you link to where we watch all games so far only one could not watch


  30. This match is the only one in which we really lost, all the other games we lost could have been wins with a little luck and a little better referee decisions, it is a fact that creates great confidence in the final victory.

    When a team has such an evening in which almost all the players flashed, then it is totally normal to lose because even statistically is impossible that such flashes occur simultaneously in both team

    Being a fan of a club certainly means that you love them even when they lose, and help them more than ever

    Especially congratulate the student fans who were brilliant in difficult moments and cheered for the guys

  31. Dayton, for the next two weeks, will UH BB team be in Cali for next 4 road games?

    It kind of makes sense. Haven’t seen this kind of road swing since old WAC days. Good thing it is not a 6000 mi. trip 3 time zones away.

  32. Ozi Mum:

    Appreciate your thoughts! Yes myself doing better. Still, I have to attend to family, home more. Won’t post as much, younger members of ohana posting here, so we UH alumni are covered by their comments.

    Ozren has a good skillset. He will prove to be a great help to team this season and in coming seasons. He has a good shooting form. He will do whatever it takes to help team.

    Once again, in behalf of our family, we , like all of the many, contributors to this forum, love University of Hawaii and all the sports teams, and especially the Men’s Basketball Team

    Mahalo, Thank you once again, to Ozi Mum, Aussie Mum, Tonganator, Davis’ family, Vander’s family, and Christian’s ohana for allowing your sons and family members to be part of the UH Basketball team. The team assembled by Gib and staff is the most diverse team in the country. Great group of athletes.

    Well, I have to limit amount online posts as well. Take care self and family.

    Mahalo Ozi Mum and all the parents of the UH players.

    Go Rainbow Warriors! Or Warriors!(Hey Ben Jay new A.D., you have to figure out what all the teams will be called? Warriors, Wahine Warriors, Warrior Baseball team, or Rainbow Warriors for all team? I don’t know, maybe poll UH students?)

  33. Aussie Mum:

    One final thought for awhile. Michael works hard in practice and with scout team. Great young athlete and team player. I would like to see Michael be part of that pressure defense rotation too. During the preseason, Michael was one of the better physically conditioned athletes in the King of The Beach and pre season drills. I think he could help team, with Defense, and if team needs help, as a spot up 3 point shooter, or even a back up ball handler. Your son has that team first attitude, so we know he is willing to do anything to help team. He is a good young man! Same as Ozren, when Michael’s name is called by coach, he will be ready I am sure!

    Aloha and take care , and thanks once again for sharing Michael with UH BB team.


  34. Everyone agrees the bigs is our strength. But do we need 3 of them on the court at once? I liked roop, Jefferson, and spearman with probably Vander and Christian. BW is guard oriented conference, if we can’t slow down the other teams guards its gonna keep going like this the rest of the year. Three is more than two everyday of the week, gotta run shooters off the line and I don’t think 3 bigs on the court at the same time can run shooters off the line. Lots for the coaches to think about going forward. We still have the talent to win the conference tournament…coaches just have to put it together and find an identity for the team to be successful

  35. Regarding the UC Davis loss… I gotta give credit where credit is do. UC Davis played their best game of the year. UH was unlucky in that Davis did it vs them.

    UC Davis showed us exactly how to beat a zone defense. Crisp ball movement and getting the ball to the middle of the zone is exactly how to attack the zone. Great ball movement always beats zones because the defense can’t recover after a couple of rotations of fast passing. When a zone D has to run all over the place covering the perimeter, at some point someone isn’t going to close out on a shooter and that’s exactly what UC Davis did AND they made everything.

    In the 2nd half, UC Davis adjusted and started attacking the paint once the zone was over extended to cover shooters and led to easy layups and dunks. It all starts when the ball gets to the middle (free throw line) and UH often allowed uncontested passes to the middle which always causes problems for a zone defense.

    UH’s philosophy is to pound it inside, but vs a zone defense, once the ball gets to the post, Vander is often too slow to make his move or pass it out and the offense bogs down. The ball movement gets stagnant and the defense doesnt’ have to work hard, making it tougher for the offense.

  36. Maybe.. just maybe!?
    Lady Luck got mixed-up. Mistakingly helped the Aggies instead of her Warriors in the 1st 1/2 of the Saturday 54-37 debacle; Letting the TEAM played zone & token-defense, exactly the way they practiced all these times; Plus, had forgotten to maimed and/or destroy their enemy as an Warriors should especially in SSC; Allowed Hawkins smiling & skipping all the way to the visitor’s locker room.. (a painful sight for the fans), I bet that he was thinking: “I wish this is the 1st game of the BWC tournament, just 2 more like this one, we’re going to the Dance!”. Can’t pin Stan Sheriff for this too for he wouldn’t does awful thing like this in his own Center but, he can not be exonerated from that he failed to stopping her from such ungodly act on the home-team.

    Last road trip, both of them missed the flight. Therefore the TEAM missed their help.
    Which now we desperately need, so that we may make the play-off. Reminder: The TEAM will be leaving tomorrow, Tuesday. Please don’t forget to jump on the plane too, this trip my gods!?

    Suddenly, I’m bombarded by 2 nightmares:
    1. Warriors facing the Aggies in the play-off, or
    2. Warriors losing 2 games to the Anteaters in March!!

    Do we really have to wait till Michael T & Airon playing for these agonies to end?

  37. “GOT TO” Play them TOUGHER @ Davis…DENY The Ball, CUT Down on Their Open Shots…

    EXECUTE Better .. Take One Back On the Road …

    AT THE LEAST — Shut ʻEm Down and Beat ʻEm on The NEUTRAL Court @ Anaheim…

    HAVE a Good to GREAT Road Trip …

    Looks Like EVERY UH Player CAN Play Better & More Often/Consistenly …

  38. UC Davis really studied the UoP-Hawaii game film well. They were prepared to go against the full-court zone press from the opening tip. My biggest gripe about playing a zone defense is that it presents itself no individual player accountability. An opponent can nail 8 three-pointers and no one is solely responsible for it. Another problem is that a zone defense with a full-court presser expends a lot of energy. I think guys like Garret just ran out of gas.

  39. Hello everyone,
    We did watch the game and agree with DK’s point on Davis preparing for UH. They seemed to have us figured out most of the game. One thing that we did notice and I don’t recall if it was mentioned was the lack of rebounding on our part. Too many times the weak side was left open after we shot and when they shot there was always someone that got free to sneak in and steal an offensive board. We didn’t see Davis as a strong transition team so why was there only one or two guys rebounding? “Long Shot, Long Rebound” “Corner Shot, Corner Rebound” I always say. We were not in the right spots. Davis had a lot of 2nd and 3rd chances especially after a good defensive set. Nothing kills (Me) us more than to see people standing around and not boxing out. One player scoring 40 points didn’t kill us. It was the 2nd and 3rd chances that killed us.

    Great to see everyone enter the game at one point or another. I wish we saw more Fotu with the ball down low. I think we got a way from that once we felt the game sliding away early. We had several offensive stalls and missed too many easy shots.

    There may have been a little too much substitution going on, but again we do have a lot of freshman that have to learn to cut down on mistakes.

    Zone defense/man defense bottom line is Davis still had a lot of open shots from the 3 line.

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