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Warriors embark on first road trip of the season

The University of Hawai’i basketball team will take its first road trip of the season this weekend, and it’s going to be a doozy.

The Warriors are scheduled to depart Honolulu early Thursday morning, and arrive in Kansas City, Missouri, later that night. They will play a talented Missouri team on Saturday (2 p.m. Hawai’i time).

“A win – that would make it a successful trip,” head coach Gib Arnold said. “I like the road. It’s a time you can bond, especially early in the season like this. We gotta make sure we get our rest … we’re going to be traveling 10-11 hours.

November 11, 2013  at the Neil Blaisdell Center in Honolulu, Hawaii

“There’s a lot that goes into this. It’s just as much mental as physical, but we gotta make sure we get good rest so we have our legs come this Saturday.”

Hawaii is 2-1 following a 95-88 loss to New Mexico State on Tuesday morning.

“Our mentality is sticking together and just keep playing hard,” junior point guard Keith Shamburger said. “We’re a good team and we slipped up on one. This is going to show that we hate losing. This is a test for us … this is a big test for us to see if we can bounce back from a loss.”

Shamburger sat out last season as a redshirt due to NCAA transfer rules, and he did not travel with the team. He and several other teammates will experience for the first time the travel issues that are inevitable for all Hawaii teams.

“Just rest and get our legs and when we practice go hard in practice,” Shamburger said. “Try to stay in a normal routine to make sure that we’re ready for the game. Don’t just sleep in and stay in your room.”

Arnold said the adjustments to time zones, weather and road arenas are difficult to train for in Hawaii.

“It’s something you have to experience,” Arnold said. “You do the best you can, but it’s real hard. They expect 12,000 to 15,000 at the game and you can’t really duplicate that in practice.”

November 11, 2013  at the Neil Blaisdell Center in Honolulu, Hawaii

Missouri is 2-0, with two convincing home victories over Southeastern Louisiana (89-53) and Southern Illinois (72-59). The Tigers are in the “Others receiving votes” category of the Top 25 polls.

“I know they’re real good,” Arnold said of the Tigers. “Great guards – 6-5, 6-5, 6-5 across the top. All can shoot it, all can drive it. It’ll be the biggest group of quality guards we’ll play this year.”

The trio of guards are Jordan Clarkson (22.5 points, 3.5 assists per game), Jabari Brown (18.0 points, 7.0 rebounds per game) and Earnest Ross (11.5 points, 6.0 rebounds per game).

In contrast, the Warriors are led by a pair of forwards – 6-8 sophomore Isaac Fotu is averaging 16.7 points and 9.0 rebounds per game, and 6-8 senior Christian Standhardinger is averaging 15.3 points and 7.0 rebounds per game.

Guards Garrett Nevels (15.0) and Quincy Smith (10.3) are also averaging double-figure points.

The Warriors could get a needed boost on the road from senior guard Brandon Spearman. He missed the first three games with an ankle injury, but returned to limited action in Wednesday’s practice. He is scheduled to travel with the team, but will be a game-time decision based on his progress and the reaction of his ankle to the travel.

(Photos courtesy Charles Simmons / www.chasingthemomentphoto.com)


  1. UH MBB team. One Ohana. Welcome back Brandon Spearman. Just your presence on team, whether the bench or if able to , a few minutes in game will help your team! Take care, and hope your ankle gets better with time, we need you!
    Guys, just do your best, a couple of thousand, I would guess, will be watching live stream espn, to see you guys go to battle with Missouri!
    Don’t give up, and play to win!


  2. Big test for UH.

    Have to play great team Defense, rebound from all 5 spots. Shoot well, transition, low block to 3 pt line, Close out game from FT line. Missouri, is marking this game as guaranteed victory, this game, can be UH’s Trap Game victory, it would be an upset , a big one for a new mix Rainbow Warrior team, who come BWC play , will be very, very good. This team shares the ball, never say die, I love this team, they are winners. And they are going up to come back as winners.

    Go Bows! No Fear, Nothing to Lose, You are Winners already.
    Represent the 808, UH and the fans you have around the USA and the globe!

    Go Rainbow Warrriors!

  3. Go hard WARRIORS and bring home the W. Here we go. Uhfanzonly1, playhoopsa, here we go on the road. It will be sunday 1 pm here in Auckland on game day good timing after a Sunday Roast then watch the game with the Ohana.

    Enjoyed the games over the last weekend, 2-1 not bad better than 0-3. The team this year will be exciting to watch. Can’t wait to be at SSC for the DHC.


  4. Does anyone know if there is any tv feed of this game, or internet view of game?

  5. We wanted to thank everyone in Hawaii especially Eagle and his wife for the wonderful Aloha/Ohana spirit. We had a great/nervous time watching the team play. We understand that Aaron filling in for Spearman were big shoes to fill. We are looking forward to this team’s growth in the games and years to come. Hope to see you all at the Diamond head classic with the entire TribeV Ohana. Thank you all again. Go Bows!

  6. now we’ll see how our guards matchup against bigger, stronger and possibly faster guards

  7. hawaiifan09:

    Jump ball, and let UH play. I still remember Riley Wallace team led by Michael Kuebler went into 24th ranked Utah St. at Logan, first round of the NIT, and UH kicked their okoles. UH MBB, team, as Nevels, and that guy can play D1 ball for any team, he can score, just leave it all out on the court. All 14 guys, cheering on, or in game, Team One Ohana!
    This will be best team, pre Post Season, athletically UH will, see, all UH’s smaller, quicker guards plus the PF’s, and C Rozitis, AV and MT, and maybe Spearman, just gotta play Team Ball, get the win, and fly home. Simple formula, the bigger they are, and Mizzou is not Kentucky or Duke, the harder they will fall. UH wins by 4.

    Go Rainbow Warriors!
    Right Eagle and TribeV, just , UH go out and kick some okole!, what got to lose? Nuttin!!

  8. ROB T: Found this on the UH web site.

    Television: Fox Sports Midwest
    Streaming Video: WatchESPN
    Radio: ESPN 1420 AM. Neighbor islands can listen live on KNUI on Maui, KHLO in Hilo, KKON in Kona, KTOH on Kaua’i, and KNWJ in Pago Pago, American Samoa.
    Audio Webcast: Live audio streaming on espn1420am.com
    Live Stats: Mizzou.StatBroadcast.com

  9. Does anyone know of a bar that will be able to get the telecast of the fox sports Midwest?

  10. TribeVx4 – Great START — With Aaron at The Critical Three-Spot, a Solid 2-1 Start and Much (Reasonable) Expectation that 3-0 Was within Reach with a Better Performance All-Around — This IS A Young Team, Aaron & Michael WILL Improve BY and Play WITH Leaps and Bounds, Few Limits…The TEAM Already IS Stronger despite the Near-Miss… Good Enough to Surprise The Mizzou? Like Slammin the Hammer @ The Fair we’ll see How High they Can Hit It — Great Test, Great Benchmark — RING That Bell! Like Gib says, “Don’t Count Us Out!”

    Thanks for Supporting and Sending Freshman(!) Starter & MOP Aaron to Hawai’i — Spearman means Aaron doesn’t have to do or die, thrown in the Fire … but can develop and grow With Michael, Quincy, Isaac and the Upperclassmen — The Whole Team And Program Growing Together…

    Steady Growth … Winning Program…A Team to Reckon With…One ‘Ohana…Ho’okahi No ‘Ohana

    Go ‘Bows, Fly Well, Sky Well, Get Your Rest, Keep Your Legs, D-Up, HIT Your Shots…Show The Show-Me State Hawai’i Ball, Hawai’i Pride…Hit & Turn a Big Corner….O.K. to Leave Missouri in their Misery…

    And You All Get to Come Home to Hawai’i…

  11. Hope that the guys legs, and bodies adjusted to Central Time Zone. Key, the rest, hydration and be in good condition. I don’t think any team, in NCAA has to endure such travel, but hey, Hawaii is in the mid Pacific, so fact of life!Missouri seems to have that 6’5″ guys and 6’2″ guard off the bench that do the bulk of scoring. Maybe, UH has to get Fotu and Standhardinger going. They have to have 20 point 12 rebound per man output. The guard line, if Spearman, can play, or not, is just going to have to play fundamental defense. Get stops, and of course as Gib says, Rebound. Those 7 things, that Gib says UH has to grade out good at for each game, they are close to 7 out of 7, rebounding, FT’s, shutdown Missouri’s shooting percentages, etc. UH has chance. This bunch, watching them in person at Stan Sheriff, they might not be massive in size, however, great in heart. Match that desire, effort, and follow game plan, who knows, UH might get a big win at KC! Hope for the best, and Hawaii, good exposure for future recruits who want to come and help UH get better!

  12. To win on the road, against any team, BWC or a good Major school in Missouri, Defense, outstanding, and rebounding, helps. Even if UH doesn’t shoot really well, defense, and getting rebounds, on offense and defense can keep them in game. Can’t let Missouri, go out to huge lead, and Hawaii fighting back whole game.

    Gib, Brandyn, Fish, Benjy, have to have great scout , and use that crazy Zone with not only Davis, I would throw, Mike T, and Aaron V out there to bother perimeter guys at top, or maybe matchup zone, or maybe, if it works, and Missouri goes cold for a spell, stay in Zone until the Tigers, just start knocking down 75% or their shots, like NMSU was doing to Hawaii. Still like the fact that this group of guys, they are so , competitive, the whole team from 1-17, they want to win, and are going to go hard. Up to team Captains, Davis, Christian, Spearman, and perhaps even Nevels and Fotu, to lead team, get into their ears, the team, to go to battle. We all know, the Tigers, figure, UH is nothing to them, heck they are saying , UH from BWC , so what?, well Warriors can show them, the BWC teams, can play ball too.

    Let’s Go Bows!
    Tonganator, Aussie Mum, TribeVx4, watch your young guys go to battle, text them, and tell them go get the Mizzou Tigers. Either way, outcome, will be good for the Rainbow Warriors, the experience will help them come BWC play, and tourney time, no question. They need this type of competition!

    Uhfanzonly1. Go Bows!!

  13. from KC star periodical Nov 15 2013:
    ( Just so happens, Mizzou bigs, have to step up too! Hope not against Rainbow Warriors, however, UH just have to worry about themselves! hoopsa..)
    Missouri got three points and 13 rebounds from its three-man rotation in the post Tuesday during a 72-59 win against Southern Illinois.
    As troublesome as that lack of production might seem, especially in terms of scoring punch, it’s a trend that’s likely to continue for the Tigers.
    Sophomore Ryan Rosburg, who has started both games at the five spot, grabbed a career-high nine rebounds, but he only scored two points and attempted two shots in Tuesday’s victory.
    Against an undersized Salukis squad, Rosburg, freshman Torren Jones and junior Keanau Post didn’t attempt a single free throw and only combined for three shots from the field.
    Post, a 6-foot-11 transfer Southwestern Illinois Community College, was supposed to step into the role vacated by Alex Oriakhi, who averaged 11.2 points and 8.4 rebounds as a senior last season.
    Missouri’s competition will only get tougher, starting at 6 p.m. Saturday against Hawaii at the Sprint Center, but the Tigers seem to have precious few answers inside at the moment.
    That could be an issue against a Warriors team led by 6-foot-8 forwards Christian Standhardinger and Isaac Fotu, who average 32 points and 16 rebounds this season.
    Fuller said he’d like for Rosburg, Post and Jones to provide 20 points and 10 rebounds per game, but so far the trio is averaging seven points and 10.5 rebounds in two games, including last Friday’s victory against Southeastern Louisiana.

    Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/2013/11/15/4624243/lack-of-production-likely-to-continue.html#storylink=cpy

  14. I think Missouri guards will have it one up on our guards but we should be able to handle their bigs as we match up better than the game with New Mexico State. As for rebounding if we continue to go with the 3 guard offense we will struggle if Valdes or Thomas is not on the floor. How it is we have size at the 4 and 5 but it drops way low when Shamburger, Smith, and Nevels are playing. Maybe in Big West we can get away with it but not in other conferences; they will kill us on the boards. We’ve got to get Valdes and Thomas up to speed real soon or we will suffer (rebounding and defense) when we play the better, taller teams especially in Rainbow Classic.

  15. servante. …true….that 3 spot…shared by MT and AV. they have to step up rebounding. wise on O and D glass. or UH could go big with Davis,Isaac and Christian on front line with 2. guards.I think if Jovanovich would toughen up he could take up 5 fouls and get boards…good thing now time for Gib and staff and team to addressthe size and rebound situation..Christian ,Davis, Aaron and Thomas plus guards gotta rebound! !that is why focus of rest of Gib’s recruiting for this coming year bigs whocan rebound and defend..we shall see servante. ..this team eill be good..very good by end of year..extremely hard working team…get the W at KC they will be flying home without a plane!

    Go Bows!!

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