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Warriors help put Solar Universe atop Summer League

The University of Hawai’i duo of Brandon Spearman and Negus Webster-Chan helped put Solar Universe in first place of the Hawai’i College Basketball Summer League by combining to score 60 points in a 104-99 victory over National Fire Protection Co. on Thursday night at Manoa Valley District Park Gym.

Spearman scored 30 points on 11-of-22 shooting, and also contributed four rebounds, two assists and two steals. Webster-Chan also scored 30, including a couple of alley-oop dunks. He also contributed six rebounds and two steals.


Webster-Chan has scored 30 or more points in three of the five games he has played in the Summer League, and is averaging 29.4 points per game.

Incoming freshman Niko Filipovich contributed five points for Solar Universe; redshirt freshman Dyrbe Enos did not score in limited action.

Solar Universe led by as many as 23 points early in the second half, then held off a late rally by National Fire.

Another UH duo – junior guard Garrett Nevels and incoming freshman Stefan Jovanovic – led National Fire. Nevels scored 28 points, including 6-of-12 shooting from 3-point range. He also had two rebounds, three assists and four steals.

Jovanovic contributed 19 points and 14 rebounds. He shot 8 of 13 from the field, including a 3-point bank shot late in the game.

National Fire got as close as 97-93 after a 3-pointer by Nevels, but Spearman, Webster-Chan and Derrick Low came up with clutch points in the closing minute to help Solar Universe secure the win.

Solar Universe improved to 6-2, and moved a half-game ahead of Central Medical Clinic for first place in the six-team league.

National Fire continued to play without UH forward Isaac Fotu, who remains sidelined with a knee injury.

In Thursday’s first game, Wealth Strategy Partners upset Central Medical Clinic, 116-105. Kawika Lyons (Kamehameha / Hawai’i Pacific) put on a shooting clinic with nine 3-pointers and 30 points to lead Wealth Strategy. William Broadus (Mililani) added seven 3-pointers and 27 points.

Central Medical Clinic was led by Kyle Pape (Iolani) with 23 points. Former UH forward Bill Amis added 21. UH incoming sophomore point guard Quincy Smith did not play for Central Medical.

The Summer League will continue with two games on Saturday, including a key contest between Central Medical Clinic and Clark Hatch Fitness at 6 p.m.

(Sorry, no video highlights)

Please visit http://basketballsummerleague.blogspot.com/ for photos and videos from the Summer League.


  1. Shamburger, Nevels, Quincy, Dressler, Jovanovic, Valdes, and Thomas…and ‘Next-Year’ Negus;
    Nice Infusion of Talent, skills, size and athleticism, two juniors, two sophomores and four freshmen…
    Way to go, coaches; enough for two versus one year extension, Mr.A.D. Jay ?

  2. Dayton and Warrior Insider, super appreciate all of your hard work! As was stated, by Aussie Mum, the following for UH MBB(not women, at this time)is global! Latvia, Croatia, Germany, Australia, New Zealand etc, as well as recruits and families checking out UH MBB goings via WI site! Mahalo so very much.

    What I enjoy the most about WI? Your first hand video interviews with coaches, new players and older guys. Gives an INSIDER view into team and staff, that no other media outlet, or social media has currently. You have been doing this for several years, so on behalf of hundreds, who knows probably more,!! Thank you Dayton, staff and Ameriprise , Valerie Schmidt and the Schmidt Ohana and all contributors and donors!

    Hope much success for team this year! Maybe, Gib scoring the planet and USA for one more Negus, available for this year? Who knows, if he does, find one, before school starts late August, WI, will have the latest! For Sure!!


  3. Dayton,
    I really appreciate the coverage. I know this is the warrior insider but has former AOP player Micah Dunhour been playing in the summer league? I thought he was the last local player to have a legit shot at actually playing and contributing for UH.

  4. Hey, All Haole (non-local) Players (or local as well):

    A must read FYI from BM of the SA sports >>
    ~1. What MBB can do to you.
    ~2. How Hawaii can change your perspective in life.
    ~3. See a legend in action – Exemplifying how bright your future is!
    ~4. A Small(ey) who plays big HERE; WHERE is AC/TH?

    “As long as they represent Hawaii, I am for it.”!

  5. n2o4joy:

    Nice guy, has good job, Good for L. Smalley!. UH NBA 13yr+ veteran who gave back, literally money to UH MBB program? The number one in my mind, Anthony Carter, who was a good friend of Smalley when they played back in the day summer league. Anthony donated a substantial amount to UH MBB program after he was established in the league, great gesture, remembering the UH program and his success!!

    Good read.
    That is what Gib is trying to establish, good kids, with heart, and brains who play for the University, and enjoy the Hawaii culture , fanbase, and return when playing days are over. Hope this group of athletes over next 3 or 4 years will do same as Anthony Carter if they are successful too! In fact a lot of UH MBB guys, are still in the islands, after their careers, of 40, 30, 20 ,10 years ago!

  6. True for ALL Hawai’i Residents and UH Graduates/Alumni…

    Tithe/Donate what you can…WI.com, UH, Charities…

    For Many, 10% is a minimum, esp. for those who understand that giving also drives getting back…Paying Forward

    Much Like the Local Pot Luck Concept: IF Every One Gives/Brings More than Enough for themselves,
    There Will Always be More than Enough for Every One…

    and one of the Local/Hawaiʻi Concepts that our Athletes, Entertainers, Ambassadors, even President are/need to teach the World…

    The Hawai’i Prophecy: When the World Learns to Live together in Peace and Harmony, it Will Be through The Native/Hawai’ian Principles…

    Go ‘Bows!
    Win Warriors!

  7. Missing a lot of warriors in tonight’s games. Q Smith seemed to be wearing a wooden bottom shoe (fracture shoe???) Jawato wearing an ankle boot (neither had crutches hopefully a positive thing). I didn’t see Dressler in the gym tonight. I hope this will be all we see of the injury bug this year!

  8. Rob T:

    Maybe the reason why, potential 2 walkons this year. Injuries or unforseen. It is sort of like football out there with the injuries?I, hope Q and Jawato, Fotu, rehab, Dressler, okay, physically, know the UH MBB team has option not to play.

    Who knows we might see roster of 14 or more active for this year, including potential walkons, if roster scholie guys get depleted. I hope not.!!

    Stay healthy UH MBB team!


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