Warriors begin second half of long road trip
The end result of a four-game road stretch has yet to be determined, but for now, the Hawai’i basketball team is satisfied with its unique itinerary.
The Warriors departed Honolulu on Tuesday afternoon, ending a 48-hour stay at home in the middle of a four-game road stretch. Head coach Gib Arnold said the main reason for the return to campus was so that the players could catch up with their academic classes.
“All the guys were able to go to two days of school, which was the most important thing,” Arnold said. “And we were able to get two practices in.”
The Warriors went 1-1 on the first half of the road trip last week – losing at Cal Poly, then earning their first road win of the season at UC Santa Barbara. They returned to Honolulu on Sunday afternoon, and attended classes on Monday and Tuesday morning.
The road swing will continue this week with Big West Conference games at UC Riverside on Thursday, then at Cal State Fullerton on Saturday.
Senior point guard Jace Tavita said: “We will see. I think it was (worth coming home), just to come back here and get our minds right, getting back home, sleeping in our own beds, stuff like that.”
Had the Warriors opted to stay in Southern California for the entire road swing, the players would have missed eight consecutive days of classes.
“I think we’re still trying to find what is best,” Arnold said. “Hopefully we won’t have four straight road games (in the future), that’s a little tough. But if we do come across that, we’ll see. It’s a little bit of a learning process with the new conference.”
Because of the quick turnaround, the Warriors went through a 6 a.m. practice on Tuesday – before classes started.
“It was good,” Arnold said. “Those morning practices are always a little bit hit and miss, but the guys were bouncy and came ready and were really focused, so I was pleased.”
The Warriors will also practice in Riverside, Calif., on Wednesday – although not in the SRC Arena, where Thursday’s game will be played. The arena was only available late on Wednesday night, so the team will practice elsewhere earlier in the day. They will get a one-hour shootaround in the arena on the morning of the game.
GAME INFORMATION: Hawai’i (11-9, 5-4 Big West) at UC Riverside (5-15, 2-6 Big West)
When: Thursday, Jan. 31, 5:00 p.m. (Hawai’i time)
Where: SRC Arena (2,750) – Riverside, Calif.
Streaming Video: Available on BigWest.tv
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: Available on espn1420am.com
Live Stats: Live in-game stats are available at gohighlanders.com