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Warriors begin preparations for Chaminade, final exams

The coaching staff for the University of Hawai’i is constantly looking toward the future – both short-term and long-term. It is why head coach Gib Arnold conducted an afternoon practice without his assistants on Tuesday afternoon.

For the short-term future, Arnold needs to prepare the Warriors for this Saturday’s game on Kaua’i against their NCAA Division II neighbor school, Chaminade. Meanwhile, the other coaches on the staff – Benjy Taylor, Brandyn Akana and Scott Fisher – were spread across the United States looking for recruits for the long-term future.

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“It was the first time, and there’s a reason,” Arnold said. “There’s a new rule that all four coaches can be out (recruiting) at the same time … all four of us were out, and I just came back. It’s not normal, maybe we’ll do it a couple times this year, but my captains were my assistant coaches and the point guards were my assistant coaches and it went pretty smooth. I’m going to tell my assistants it was the best practice of the year.”

Junior point guard Keith Shamburger said it was good preparation for game situations, when coaches are not available to provide instruction at any moment.

“We need to do stuff like that for game situations,” Shamburger said. “On the court, we’re not going to be able to have coaches with us all the time. As a point guard, I have to step up as a leader and let the team know what’s going on – be a coach on the floor.”

The Warriors still have three days of practice to prepare for the Silverswords, and Arnold said his assistant coaches are expected back on Wednesday and Thursday.

This is also the last week of classes for the Fall semester on the UH-Manoa campus, and final examinations will take place next week.

Game 9 Tipoff Notes
Hawai’i (6-2, 0-0 Big West) vs. Chaminade (4-3, 2-0 PacWest)
When: Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Where: Kauai High School Gymnasium – Lihue, Kaua’i
Television: None
Streaming Video: None
Radio: Live on ESPN 1420 AM with Bobby Curran. Neighbor islands can listen live on KNUI on Maui, KHLO in Hilo, KKON in Kona and KTOH on Kaua’i.
Audio Webcast: Live audio streaming on espn1420am.com
Live Stats: Live in-game stats are available at GoSwords.com
Ticket Information: Tickets are $5 in advance; $8 at the door. For more information call (808) 274-3169.
Promotions: The team will be conducting an autograph session at the conclusion of the game.


  1. Eagle- I am very impressed with what Gib has done year 4 so far. The young student athletes, it appears, they get along, are doing well in class, and in the community. They are working hard to get better, and are a Family , the One Ohana!

    Good Job Gib, keep up the good work. And to the families of the Valdes’, Smiths, Enos’, Spearmans, Rozitis’, Shamburgers, Standhardingers,Hackmans, Harpers,Fotus,Jovanovichs’, Nevels, Jawatos,Thomas’,Dresslers, Webster-Chans, and the Filopovichs’, much success, and a safe ending of 2013 and into 2014! You have some very fine young sons , that are a part of a good, and getting better, to hopefully Great UH MBB program over next 3 to 4 years, and beyond!

    Go Bows!

  2. From his Coachʻs Show Last Night,

    GIB also happy withThe Progress of his Young Players: AV/MT, even Jovanovic going up against Real Tough Daily Competition in Fotu, Rozitis and Standhardinger — Does Christian take breaks? [YOU Know: No…] “Heʻs fine with pushing and abusing/using his advantage daily in Practice; Davis and Christian are just Five Years older and more Experienced; Thatʻs part of why the freshmen look effective and comfortable against (the often easier) competition…”I need to get them more minutes to accelerate their growth…”

    Gib also expressed complete Trust in Sophomore Quincy Smith, “who can play effective at any stage of the game…”

    For me, i find ʻmop upʻ time as organized as any team weʻve hadʻ, especially for so early in the season… and maybe moreso with the multiple 30-point leads…

    Good Baseline And Improving Daily,
    as well as, Game By Game…


    Missouri Now Ranked #24 after Upsettimg previous #17/18 UCLA, Jordan Clarkson, National Player of the Week…

  3. Eagle: maybe you heard hoopstalk with Gib an comments by jeff and Jackson. .pretty much agreed that guards much improved from last year..good test..and we all know DHC big test to see where UH truly stands as a D1 team..my personal opinion. .if UH can continue to improve on D and rebound well as a team. .they can win tht DHC!! What do you fans think?

    Go Bows!!

  4. playhoopsa. with all due respect to Jeff and Jackson..I think team improving..no true big however as a Team these guys will find way to win..Gib has right idea ..get his guys to be known as a Defensive Team.they can compete DHC and BWC no question!
    Agree with jeff ..UH getting wins against D1 teams that they should beat and I believe by BWC time..Valdes,Thomas, Enos, Jovanovich and bench will tesm challenge for Big Wet crown..team really focused..
    Should be high scoring game against Chaminade in Lihue..

  5. Challenge for Big West title..not Big Wet..sorry!

  6. Should be a sold out Kauai High school gym on Saturday game against Chaminade. We just know, that the Silverswords, like last year in Kona, will be jacking a lot of threes. UH has to defend, make sure they don’t hit 17-18 of them, that keeps them in the game. UH with a great switching defensive scheme, and running after made or missed shots, as well as having the two PF’s in Fotu and Standhardinger, I would give UH the edge.
    This game for a lot of pride, Silverswords will not be afraid of UH, and UH cannot take Chaminade lightly. Kind of wish I lived on Garden Island, oh well, Live Stats, and BC on KKEA, will do. With hopefully hilites of video of game!

    Go Bows!
    I hope that Enos, Jawato, Thomas, Valdes, get to play minutes, as well as Hackman and Harper.
    Go Rainbow Warriors!
    Avoid an upset!

  7. And I wish that Stefan Jovanovich will get to play too. As Eagle, highlighted, like last year with Caleb banging away against Vander every day, Stefan, when he comes in, he can rebound, block shots and score, a few hoops, he is pretty skilled for young guy, just needs to grow, get stronger, and he will shore up that front line, with hopefully a 6’11” athletic shot blocker, next year, and Negus, being added, wow! As JW, said on htalk, Next year with Keith, Garrett N., Negus, Isaac and perhaps that athletic, mistake erasing big, out of Senegal, Angola, or France(a lot of immigrants from African french colonies)or a great 3 to play 6’11” JC soph incoming would be fine. UH next year, will be awesome.

    Still, it is a challenge to this year’s team, we all saying, watch out for next year, I believe, as UHF, wnb, say, if UH plays great D, and One team ohana, on a mission,if as Gib says, they are playing their best ball in March, look out..UH could dance , Big One!

    Go Bows!

  8. Gib is our savior of UH Athletic programs for the remainder of 2013 going into 2014 – football was dreadful , women’s volleyball – disappointing, now our hopes for the athletic department to bring in some kala$$$$ is the Gibster, long live the Gibster and Warrior Basketball ,why? cause it’s the best thing going!!!! Big West Champs !! Finally !! 2014 and onward to the Mountain West for Men’s BB and get out of this cruddy crappy Big West Gyms not Arenas , Gyms, onward to the Mountain West to bring back our old nemisis Utah st and Stew Morrill the man we like to BOOOO, UNLV, Fresno, San Jose St, come on Warriors , let’s go!

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