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DaBeast Froductions: Road rewind

The University of Hawai’i basketball team is scheduled to depart on another road trip on Tuesday afternoon, and in case anyone has forgotten, the Warriors will take a four-game road winning streak with them.

The Warriors will face Long Beach State on Thursday (5:30 p.m. Hawai’i time) in a battle for third place at Long Beach, Calif. It is scheduled to be televised on Fox Sports Prime Ticket (Oceanic channel 228).

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As a reminder of the recent road success, two editions of “DaBeast Froductions” are presented above. The masterminds behind the videos – senior center Davis Rozitis and sophomore forward Isaac Fotu – provided some behind-the-scenes video clips from the last road trip at UC Riverside and Cal State Fullerton.

The first video is from the Fullerton portion of the trip, and includes an exclusive look inside the victorious locker room following the exciting 83-80 win. Rozitis has a particularly entertaining interview with Garrett Nevels, who hit the go-ahead 3-pointer in that game.

Rozitis: “Garrett, just a quick question. What was going through your mind when the guys hit you on the reverse on the 3-point line and when you released it?”

Nevels: “He too far off. That’s it – cash, money.”

The second video is from the Riverside portion of the trip, and features a relaxed bunch of Warriors the day before a win over UC Riverside. It is also easy to see why Brandon Jawato is often chosen as the featured dancer for the team’s pre-game huddles.

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UC Santa Barbara center Alan Williams was named the Big West Conference Player of the Week for a record-tying fifth time this season on Monday.

Williams, a 6-foot-7, 275-pound junior, had a total of 41 points and 33 in two victories by the Gauchos last week. Only two other players in Big West Conference history have been named Player of the Week five times in a season – Michael Olowokandi of Pacific during the 1997-98 season and Aaron Nixon of Long Beach State during the 2006-07 season.

Williams leads the Big West in both scoring (22.5) and rebounding (12.0) by large margins. His rebounding total leads the nation.


  1. Love this stuff! Let’s keep the road streak going guys. Cash money!!!

  2. Hey Uhfanzonly1 and Playhoopsa.

    What do you think of Isaac calling his spin move “The Tongan Tornado” ? Might sound OK introducing.. Isaac “The Tongan Tornado” Fro-Tu.. 🙂 bit of fun.

    Anyway, big games on the road. Bring back the the Ws..


  3. jawato looks to be having fun not playing

  4. Tonganator: Your son Isaac Fotu, whomever worked with him NZ youth basketball camps, and national team, incredible, his spin moves, and counter moves, using the left OR right hand now, plus his mid range jump shot, hard for any one, or even two to stop. We thank you and your Fotu Mum and Ohana, for sharing Isaac with us. He keeps spinning and rebounding, get stronger, extend range, and take guys off the dribblle, He will be playing High Level Pro Ball for years to come! AND Isaac as well as Christian, for 6’8″ PF are VERY good FT shooters. will help team win games in Post Season!

    T(ongan) and T(ornado), TNT.Dynamite. Plus, he represents Kiwis and Britain!

    Sounds Good “Tongan Tornado!”….it is!
    Thanks Mahalo Tonganator, you really support your son, we are so proud, one of the best ever to play PF for UH MBB!
    Go The Mighty Warriors, and pops UHF says Tongan Tornado, is like Cyclone, hit em hard, fast, and devastating. Isaac, love Poke Bowl, and we love him!

  5. keep up the video production on the Road Warriors , good insight to our team on and off the court. Good luck to the Warriors thursday night! Revenge !! Stop Caffey !!!

  6. jjay…yes….Caffey key, when he runs show, LBSU tough. Still think UH very confident, if all 5 starters hit their averages and more, plus Valdes, Rozitis, Enos, Smith, and rest of bench, contribute, giving rest to starters, or points, steals, rebounds, etc. UH can definitely win in Long Beach. Those 3 games, crazy, UH was leading, or very close at end, either could not get D stops, or shooting was not good.
    Team really focused on road, all they do is talk , eat, sleep, workout , do study hall, and concentrate on games. In Cali, once again as was stated, if UH was, UH-LA west, they had home gym in Cali for BWC season, UH would be undefeated. Team loves Cali, and hope they get HUGE win at 49ers gym. They get the Thursday nite win, UH comes home at 20-8, BWC 9-5, huge momentum to get UCSB following thursday, then the roughest, (lousy BWC schedulers, make sure UH has hard time with turnaround, unheard of , road game on Thursday, then Sat . home game against Fullerton. To tell the detractors, Shhhhhh, be Quiet, UH ,go out and get Win. The core 6000 at SSC and at least at much follow online and OC channel, got your backs,. go get the last 3 wins, and have BWC tourney great run!
    This Team , best, most exciting in 10 years, and Gib will hopefully be around for 10 years, of NCAA and NIT bids, and as Negus and Jankovich, say, Why NOT, a National Championship!

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