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Intrasquad scrimmage highlights

If Saturday’s intrasquad scrimmage was any indication, the University of Hawai’i basketball team will be testing the speed limits this season.

“I think we have more athletes this year, more faster guards this year, so I think we’re going to use that style of play,” sophomore forward Isaac Fotu said.

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The scrimmage featured two 20-minute periods, and each was fast-paced. The first period offered a glimpse at the players who appear to be in the lead for starting roles, with Fotu, Keith Shamburger, Quincy Smith, Garrett Nevels, Brandon Spearman, Christian Standhardinger and Davis Rozitis playing together on the “Green” team.

Perhaps predictably, they beat the “Black” team, 51-22. The players were then mixed to reflect a more balanced scrimmage for the second 20-minute period.

“The older team won pretty good on the first one, the second one we evened up the teams and it went down to the wire,” head coach Gib Arnold said. “Guys competed and I saw a lot of good things.”

Senior forward Chrsitian Standhardinger, the top returning scorer and rebounder from last season, led all players in scoring with 28 points over the two periods. He shot 9 of 14 from the field, and also grabbed 12 rebounds.

Fotu finished with 21 points and five rebounds, and senior guard Spearman had 16 points and 11 rebounds. Spearman also had the clinching steal in the closing seconds to help secure a 37-36 victory for the Green squad in the second period.

Rozitis, a 7-foot senior, had 13 points on 5-of-8 shooting, and grabbed a team-high 13 rebounds.

“I love it, guys are competing,” Rozitis said. “That’s what we want to see. “Everybody is competing and it’s a good job by everybody.”

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Shamburger was the starting point guard for the winning squad in both periods. He finished with 12 points, five assists and four rebounds.

Smith, who is competing for time at point guard, had 14 points, four rebounds and three assists.

“I’m getting adjusted to it,” said Smith, a sophomore in his first season at UH. “Getting used to a lot of new plays this week and still balancing school and what not, so I’m kind of getting into the groove of it, but I think I can improve a lot.”

Junior guard Garrett Nevels finished with 15 points, including a clutch 3-pointer as the shot clock expired in the closing moments of the second period to help lead the Green squad to the win.

Referees were present to call fouls and other violations, but it was otherwise an informal scrimmage with the coaches sometimes stopping the action to provide instruction. A more formal Green & White Scrimmage is set for October 19 at the Stan Sheriff Center.

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Here is the latest information from the UH Media Relations office regarding season tickets:

Season-ticket sales for the 2013-14 University of Hawai`i men’s and women’s basketball campaigns will begin on Monday, Oct. 7. Fans can purchase season tickets at the Stan Sheriff Center Box Office, by calling 944-2697, or online at HawaiiAthletics.com. The box office is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed on holidays).

UH is offering a special “Combo Pack” and fans purchasing men’s basketball season tickets will have the option of paying an additional $30 and receiving women’s basketball season tickets, a savings of $40.

The men’s basketball squad will host 19 home games, opening the 2013-14 regular season against Tennessee State on Nov. 8 in the Outrigger Hotels and Resorts Rainbow Classic. Hawai`i will also play host to the fifth annual Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic, Dec. 22, 23 and 25, 23 and eight league games as part of its second season in the Big West Conference.

Six returning letterwinners, four returning redshirts and seven newcomers make up this year’s Rainbow Warriors squad under the direction of fourth-year head coach Gib Arnold. Among the returnees are senior forward Christian Standhardinger, a first-team all-league selection, and Isaac Fotu, last year’s Big West Co-Freshman of the Year.

The Rainbow Wahine, meanwhile, host 14 home games this year, beginning its home slate against Washington State on Nov. 15 in the Bank of Hawaii Rainbow Wahine Classic.

The Rainbow Wahine are led by second-year head coach Laura Beeman, who turned the program around last year, guiding UH to its first postseason appearance in 10 years. Beeman returns a solid core of nine players who all saw action on the court last season, including all-league honorees Kamilah Jackson (BWC First team), Shawna-Lei Kuehu, (Sixth Woman of the Year), Sydney Haydel (Defensive Player of the Year) and Ashleigh Karaitiana (All-Freshman). Five newcomers join the squad.

UH Manoa students receive free admission to all regular-season men’s and women’s home games, with the exception of the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic. A valid UH Manoa student identification card is required.

Men’s and Women’s Combo Pack Ticket Prices
Lower-Level Adult: $445-$465
Upper-Level Adult: $230
Upper-Level Senior Citizen: $200 (65+)
Upper-Level Youth (ages 4 – high school): $109

Men’s Basketball Season-Ticket Prices
Lower-Level Adult: $415-$435
Upper-Level Adult: $200
Upper-Level Senior Citizen: $175 (65+)
Upper-Level Youth (ages 4 – high school): $89

Women’s Basketball Season-Ticket Prices
General-Admission Adult: $70
General-Admission Senior Citizen (ages 65+): $60
General-Admission Youth (ages 4 – high school): $30


  1. Mahalo Plenty Dayton! That is what we fans are talking about! Especially the homebound ones. Thanks for writeup and awesome Video.

    Hope injured guys heal up, and guys get Gib’s O and D sets down!

    Should be fun.

    Mahalo again WI and Dayton Morinaga!!


  2. Love it. Faster pace and guys can finish, Still have to play solid D and run half court stuff to win championships, have confidence , this group, is competitive ,and nothing less than winning that BWC tourney title. Have to love it. Good job Airon, the guards, wings, Centers, PF’s everybody, and especially Warrior Insider and Dayton!

    Go Rainbow Warriors!

  3. Awesome video! The returnees looked improved, and the new guys continued to look great. The ability to run-and-gun is apparent. Davis, Christian, and Isaac appear quick in transition. Keith Shamburger also makes a significant difference in the half-court game. I know it’s still early, but the offensive flow looks a lot smoother with him running the first-team.

  4. Key: Guards are faster, can dish, run, D up, rebound, shoot mid to 3 line ball. Team O and D has sped up to warp speed. Still , as was said , team needs solid half and pressure D. Stop penetration and 3 line shutdown opponents. UH could score close to 80pts per game. should be fun.

    I think with the structured, scrimmage, with officials, and this is NOT open gym or summer league, the veterans, look better that first half. When mixed up, Smith, Nevels, shine, they are true difference along with Sham makers this year. No disrespect to Hauns, Jace or Vander, UH is playing , it seems 10x faster, and finishing!

    hfan, AV and MT, have to get more physical, I guess the older returnees, and RS returnees, have that physical and in system advantage, will take a couple of weeks, and if Mike and Airon hit the weights and no scared em, they should help, just my opinion, if Mike T. and Airon can play strong, rebound, block shots, putbacks, and run the wings with guards will help team. If Christian and Fotu in foul trouble, I hope Gib would think of letting Airon and Mike, IF they play BIG and Strong, though shorter than other PF’s, should help that 4 spot. Still , a little over 5 weeks to go till start of season, should be fun!

    Go Rainbow Warriors!
    😀 Me like the fast , RunBows!

  5. DK: Pau, is the “throw ball into Vander” and takes 15 seconds for him to make his move. Bigs, now move and run, Davis, Christian, Fotu, Stefan, and Dressler, are smart Bigs, ball moves, and bigs move, and know where to go. HUGE difference without Vander, though Vander, would be great in pro, wherever he is, one on one, back to the basket , or quick face up jumper. He was a gifted, old school Big man.

    However, DK, you are right the guards, wings, PF’s, and
    Centers, can run and finish at the rim, mid range and 3 line. once again I never knew Fotu 3 ball shot , nice form, imagine, if Fotu and Christian, are hitting about 6 or 7 per game between them, along with the perimeter guys, finishing on breaks , floaters, layins and 3 ball, sheesh, a lot of firepower,

    Less we get too excite, however DK, why not, isn’t this the type of team we have been waiting 4 years from Gib! I think that Gib and Staff are on the right track.the returnees, are in good shape, and running. The new guys are settling, in, I love the fire of Stefan, Niko,Dyrbe, Mike Harper, AV, MT, Jawato, ALL if they continue to compete, and help team in any way , 3min, or 13 or 33 min, or just work scout team and cheer, team can win a lot of ball games!

    Love the outlook, still waaay early, however even, Fotu, Davis, Q, and Gib like what they see., love that Q and Nevels and whole team always say they can get better, that is a sign of champions!

    Go Rainbow Warriors. or Go Run Bows!

  6. Plus: did you notice Josh Fox talking to Brandyn Akana and Benjy Taylor in the background during a break in action. Pretty sure was Josh. Hope he had a good trip. Whatever offer, the guy has some guns, and if he can rehab his legs to that hi flyer, having him for 3 years would be awesome. another Polynesian Pounder!!
    Go Rainbows!

  7. Quincy looks pretty good, you gotta like his playground style, hahaha, the head fakes and what nots. He’s pretty deceiving if you ask me. I like the guy.

  8. Sham may be a little stiff because of his reported back ache, but from what was filmed Quincy is a pretty good play maker himself. He doesn’t look very quick, but somehow dishes the ball for an assist when in traffic, he’s got eyes on the side and back of his head. I really like Quincy, he looks so Cool on the floor

  9. Nice observations, guys.

    Josh Fox does look like he is hitting the gym hard; and Quincy Smith does look impressive. He attacks the rim hard, makes good passes, and is crafty with the ball.

  10. Well, i can see why from This Scrimmage you could envision More Threes from Christian who last year TOOK one or two threes per game and MADE one every other game OR Fotu who Took Three All Year (but made NONE game time)…we’ll see IF it translates to game time This Season — GIB asked for it and it looks like they’re ready…

    IF Dayton did NOT speed up the video — Just say, “NO” — then where did the returnees get the Added Speed?

    Impressive, Guys…

    AND …
    IF the DEFENSE IS REALLY Improved as it might appear with the Improved Intensity And Athleticism …
    AND The Team Can (Does) Score More as that would also Appear…
    THAT Combination Would Translate into ‘A Few More’ WINS…

  11. Eagle: two words…quick guards!!

    Last year great guys tried, however could not d up , penetrate dish or finish, or shoot midrange to 3 line. All levels of BB , good guards help you win home and on road. Added bonus Davis taking leadership role seriously. Good guards and good Bigs who can score and D up, makings of very good team!! Gib has time to get them ready for RBC first game!! SSC will be rocking, enjoy!!


  12. Mahalo Dayton! The overall team quickness, better ball-handling, better shooting is evident in this first intra-squad scrimmage. Both Standhardinger and Fotu can now be described as “stretch 4s,” though Isaac’s inside moves probably are more valuable to the TEAM (get the opposing bigs in foul trouble). Looking forward to the TEAM’S improvement in upcoming videos and the first game of the season!

  13. Team looks much quicker and more versatile. Love it.

    Isaac Fotu needs to keep healthy throughout the season. He is our only post player with a legitimate back to the basket post game.

  14. Next things to see via video and how guys progressing(no question , speed , hops, conditioning and athleticism there, as well as bigs, can rebound O and D, plus the guards)

    1) Watch in officiated scrimmage, Green or Black team, running several plays with ball movement, set screens, high low, and how crisp are the cuts, the passes accurate, and if first option not there, the PG’s and SG’s know to go to option 2 and 3, if not reset. Take care of ball, and finish, score.

    2)Inbounds plays, few seconds to get ball inbounds, how inbounder, and guys coming to the ball, or creating, movement and space, get open to receive, and possible leakouts, guys go in for flush or 3 ball in transition, or most importantly get across half court, protect ball, and start offense. INBOUNDING ball so very important, cost

    UH MBB team several games in past years, know one thing with, a good inbounder, and Keith, Q, and Nevels, who are pretty strong with the ball, good heads up passers, and quick, could probably, get ball in safer, don’t always have to dribble up full length of court, however, know what to do, ALWAYs, no need to call timeouts, or clock violations.

    3)Guys boxing out at the FT line, UH MBB team over the past few years have lost several games, for simply not finding their man, and letting guys step in and get the O rebound, or not seeing that Ball bouncing way outside back to the shooters, and wham, the opponents, get ball, a 3 pointer, plus a foul. Devestating.

    4)Just bringing the ball safely up court without getting trapped, picked or turning over, basic fundamental BB. Takes a whole team, however, good inbounders, and guards or wings that can handle, and be in proper space, UH can go on attack, get ball in quickly into frontcourt, and get offense attempt at goal. Goal this year.,

    UH has to put up many more shots on goal than the opponents, UH pretty good O rebounders, the Bigs, Wings, and The guards, Team shoots, more, the guys, track ball, get it back and reset or go back up, AND ONE! Keith Shamburger, not the tallest, however, a very good Rebounder at his height, If Nevels will battle not shy away, he is a good rebounder as is Spearman and Smith, a great advantage, when 5 guys on the court can get the O and D rebounds, and start break.

    5)Lastly, how team D is for guarding the 3, the blitzing of the screen, tracking the shooters, Davis might be at the top, he is so agile, with Fotu, and Standhardinger at the bottom to the corners, they have to get out on shooters. Guard penetration and finish or dish, stop those guys, with Q, Brandon Spearman, Nevels, Jawato, Harper, Enos, Filipovich, and Shamburger, a host of perimeter, guys, who can get after it, with D positioning, will really help, other team will not get that lane to the rack, and if UH can shutdown,

    keep in the low thirties to high twenties the 3 ball percentage and FG percentage to high thirties, as well as outrebound, assist, steals, blocked shots, 50/50 ball, 12 or fewer turnovers per game, and more shots on goal, while shooting over 50% as a team from Field, and about 40% as a team on 3 ball, UH can win , as Eagle says, a few more, ..heck Eagle, if they play D, shoot well, take care of the ball, from inbounding to running sets, to blocking out, UH could win maybe 10 more games then last year, I hope so!

    Should be good. Gib has 5 weeks to implement, O sets, get them together on D, take care of ball, rebound, box out, and close out games from FT line. By the 5th team scrimmage, team will look better than the first one we saw!

    Go Run Bows!

  15. gobows: Good observation, Fotu can be devestating down low, with his many moves, and ablitiy to finish, can , as above comment made, draw fouls on other Bigs. That is why, I believe, Gib will probably keep active, 3 Centers, Davis, a hybrid, very agile, if he gets his jump hook, or shoot with either hand down solid, Davis, if he stays strong and focused, can score more this year, He is a good shot blocker too.

    Same with Davis Jr., looks like a slim version of Rozitis! Stefan, can get up and down, agile, good rebounder, shot blocker, and can shoot baby hooks with either hand, Good big, to have, since, UH kind of thin a the Post position, and not the flashiest, however the guy, hope his back is okay, Caleb, whom I always liked, smart young Center, baby hook leftie, short 10-12 baseline jumper, as well as 15-17 foot mid range,

    FT line jumper, makes good passes, cuts to rim in sync with the PG’s and just has the massive Body to bang with the NMSU and Mizzou bigs, Think that Gib needs all 3 to play strong down low, besides Fotu,, however, I think they will be okay, the 3 centers, have the hook shot, layups, and block shots, and rebound, that is what you want, plus they have 9 fouls to give , so they can play agressive of D.

    Go Run Bows!

  16. Great comments! Personally, would like to see the team practice defending high pressure D and cutting down their turn overs. So far, looks like they are practicing all the right stuff to minimize turnovers such as NOT picking up their dribble early, NOT committing themselves in the air w/o support and to move w/o the ball into spaces then show to the ball to receive pass. Let’s see their execution when under pressure. This will show how quick, skilled and athletic we’ll be. Believe this year has to be the year we cut down on turnovers and use the same on other teams.

  17. tako- you are correct. One thing, that turnover margin, keep assists higher than TO’s, controlled fast breaks. Play full court pressure, half court traps, individual and team help D, team can compete anywhere, here and on the Mainland.

    One thing good, and Davis Rozitis alluded to, if have the two teams scrimmaging, balanced out, and both pressuring trapping, on ball, off ball, will help team when season starts. Great thing to have athletes with quicks , anticipation and hops like Quincy, Nevels, Shamburger, Spearman, Jawato, Enos, Niko Filipovich, …hustle 3 ball shooters like Micahel Harper, and Jack Hackman, And the young 3/4 spot wings, Aaron and Mike Thomas. Plus, very very, good that Christian and Fotu can, rebound, get loose ball, and start break,however now, not coast to coast, they can get it to the PG’s and their fast break will is much more effective.

    Less we get too excited. We remember only 5 practices, so at least 25 more, before first game. Team on a mission, they want to be faster, in control, look at last year team, and not repeat mistakes, then UH MBB will be that first or second team battling for BWC tourney title. Gib must be smiling, he finally has some athletes,albeit some are young or new to UH system, however, you can teach D now, since, the guys, seem to be able to score in so many ways.

    tako: should be exciting year, as long as the guys continue to play smart,hard, and stay One Ohana, stay together, win together. They will have fun and win, and we fans, will see an exciting product. Much , much faster than last 3 years. Just hope BWC has not upgraded their guards and bigs too much, however, UH should be able to compete, especially with the veterans, Fotu, Shamburger, Spearman, Rozitis, and Standhardinger, Jawato, Harper, who have D1 experience!


  18. Great job TEAM for everything your do. So far the success we can physically account for is physique itself! A capable body is necessary to carryout your demanding task ahead of you – as a team the progress you made, you are comparable to the best in the nation if, not “The Best in the Nation”!

    Hawaii salute you and, expecting that your targeted successes will come naturally.

  19. Thanks Dayton for keeping us informed down here in KIWI land through this site and throughout the globe. Keep the good work and thanks goes out to Valerie Schmidt for making this possible. Looking forward for the next installment from the team trainings.


  20. I’m happy to see Christian and Isaac knocking down threes. If they can develop sufficient consistency from beyond the arc, they’ll be awfully tough to defend.

  21. nevels has been the most consistent since summer league….seems he brought his own swagger with him and is holding his own out here(makes me wonder too bad we couldn’t get corey allen as well…maybe nevels is better?)….looks to be the one that wants the ball in the last seconds of the game…not a pass first guard but sham can do that….fotu will be a beast by junior year…the other bigs are our question mark…wings are still not as strong as we want…best depth in years probably since the Wallace days

  22. hawaiifan09: Appreciate your observations hfan09! Nevels does have that swag, he is one not shy to take big shot, and most times he makes them. Good combination with Quincy too. Nice to have 4 guards, Q, Nevels, Sham and Spear, who can handle, D up, have quicks , dish the dime, and score. You are right, the type of athletes, not huge guys, however, so much more athletic, then Gib’s first 3 years.

    Should be fun, with Fotu, Standhardinger, probably leading scorers and rebounders, a real mismatch, if they can hit consistent 3 pointers a few a game, along with vastly improved guard play, and Sham, Nevels, not afraid to take shots in the land, mid range, and 3 ball when it counts, the difference from last year, where, clock nearly runs out, before a PG for UH would jack a 28 footer, sometimes go in. whew!

    hawaiifan09, I think as long as team plays solid defense, keeps down turnovers. shoots very well from field and especially FT throughout the game, rebound, box out, just solid fundamental ball, they should be able to compete with any BWC team. Gib has to coach them well, pretty sure, he is happy with the increased athleticism, as is Fotu and Rozitis. You are correct, I can see now, Aaron and Mike T. are still young guys, learning system, and really letting Fotu, Standhardinger do their thing, hopefully, Gib or Scott Fisher who coaches bigs/SF’s, will talk to them, and say: go for it, you guys play well, make that 3 spot at least respectable, we can have great year, solid from 1 to 5 spot. Hope UH has great year, good schedule, and winnable BWC!

    Go Run Bows!

  23. i hope and i’ve heard coaches state they “Expect” sophomore Fotu to be a Beast This Year —
    A Coach: “IF Isaac is not averaging 15-18 ppg this (next) season, then we, as coaches, will have failed…”

    Agree that Nevels, a junior in experience, is our early leading candidate for UH Newcomer of the Year;

    BUT Also could be Shamburger, also a junior, who should be able to continue his 13-15 ppg and 5-7 assists per game SJSU Track Record…

    and i still think rapid improvement tracks are ‘possible’ for Aaron Valdes (may be Most Improved this past year)
    AND/OR Michael Thomas — Already Called Out by Coach Gib as Fastest Learner/Fastest Improving THIS Pre-Season….

  24. Eagle: Agree with you about Mike and Aaron. Gib thinks highly of both. A true freshman that came with much fanfare, schools tried to get him late however he LOI’ed early November. Aaron V. can’t say enough about his great dad and ohana TribeV. to come here and help team, plus schooling at UH, wow, thankyou to Valdes Ohana. Aaron, will take time, as will Mike, they just have to get comfortable, remember, Eagle, including yesterday, Monday Oct 7th, marked just 6 practices, UH MBB still has 24 more before first game with Tenn St. in RBC. I like the learning curve, am sure that Scott Fisher or whomever works with SF’s wings, Mike and Aaron will help them. Especially they are of value on D and rebounding, the lobs, the transition 3’s , layins and dunks will come. I think this team is OHANA, they like each other, very competitive, and FAST!

    Look for Aaron and Mike to contribute this year, Gib is going to need maybe a 14 man at least active roster, maybe even a 15 man, because, of the bugaboo of injuries, hope not! and other unforseeable things come Feb, March. I love this team, most athletic, guys can score, from anywhere, and if they have that Nation leaders team D as Gib had for year One , defense coache spearheaded by I think Benjy, or Brandyn, lookout, that is what wins BWC championships!

    Eagle, enjoy, your deserve it. should be exciting year, still waaay too early to know how team will, do, however come DHC, time, if team has great record, say 11-2 going into BWC with several good wins, and perhaps RBC and DHC, maybe upset Mizzou and N.Arizona on the road, look out here comes UH MBB , back front and center rocking the Stanley!


  25. Yes with Significantly improved guard play and depth: Spearman, Shamburger, Nevels and Quincy (Plus Jawato, Hackman, Harper, et.al….) i have some hope they can and will be Competitive Both Home and Away —
    V.SMART to take TWO Tough Road Trips PRE-Conference to Build-Up Road Readiness for BW and Post-Season…
    (So Far that strategy hasn’t paid off for Wahine Soccer in BW, but definitely helped WVB consistency)

    i think AV AND MT are probably Better Shooters than Josh Fox (WAS as a Freshman, going 9/6) so just “In-System” i would Expect a Combined ‘Minimum 10/6’ from the 3-Position BUT Expect the Coaches are looking for More, Like 15/8…

  26. Just when I ignorantly attempting to suggest that TEAM should intensified the D-pressure to avoid the adverse effect of token defense..

    Am facing the bad news that our 2 promising, talented young starting-C-contenders suffering sickness/injury. Cruelly accusing me that not taking into the consideration that these guys had already approaching max-physical-toleration!

    Shall we be intelligently acknowledge each individual’s limit (avert burnt-out)?
    Conserve our energy wisely till the need for step-up’s when the Win is on the line (4long-term)?

  27. Gotta find a way to share these videos to the masses. Share this video with as many people and that will boost ticket sales. Gib now has the horses to really take the program to the next level. There will not be a quickness disadvantage anymore. If UH goes small and plays Fotu at the 5 and Standhardinger at the 4, they could have 5 guys that can pop the open three.

    What’s so awesome is that this is only the beginning of what I think could be an all time run for Hawaii BB.

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