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.
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.”
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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SEASON TICKET SALES BEGIN MONDAY
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