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UPDATED: Short-handed Warriors come up short at UC Riverside

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RIVERSIDE, Calif. — On an unusually Manoa-like warm, postcard-perfect sunny mid-January day, this Inland Empire of Southern California looked ripe to be conquered. And it still did for the University of Hawai’i almost midway through Saturday night’s Big West Conference men’s basketball game at UC Riverside.

But as the temperature slowly but steadily dipped outside, so did the Rainbow Warriors’ fortunes as the Highlanders managed to pull out a hard-fought 66-62 victory before a spirited crowd of 1,167 at UCR’s Student Recreation Center Arena and a national TV audience watching on ESPNU.

Jaylen Bland drained a tie-breaking 3-pointer with 1:36 remaining and then later sealed the victory with a free throw with 8.1 seconds left as the Highlanders evened their record at 9-9 overall and 2-2 in the Big West. The Rainbow Warriors fell to 13-6, 1-2.

Bland’s 3-pointer broke a 58-58 tie, and his two free throws with 22 seconds showing on the clock gave UCR a 65-62 lead. UH then raced upcourt, but Roderick Bobbitt had his layup attempt blocked out of bounds.

The ensuing inbounds pass went to freshman guard Isaac Fleming on the left wing, but his shot from about 24 feet glanced off the front rim and the Highlanders’ Taylor Johns tied up Hawai’i’s Stefan Jankovic on the rebound off the backside with 13 ticks on the clock. A held ball was called, and the possession arrow pointed UCR’s way. Bland was then fouled with 8.1 ticks remaining and sank the clinching free throw.

“It shouldn’t get to that,” said Jankovic, a 6-foot-11 sophomore forward who scored a team-high 17 points and grabbed five rebounds. “We had a big (13-point) lead in the first half … but it was all the little plays — hustle plays, turnovers, reaching fouls … it all could have been prevented.”

Fleming said his potential game-tying 3-point attempt felt good coming off his hands.

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“In all honesty, I thought it was going in,” said Fleming, who finished with 15 points, three rebounds, three assists and two steals. “But I’m gonna learn and grow from this.”

Bland missed the second of two free throws with 8.1 seconds remaining, but the Rainbow Warriors could only manage a long-range miss by Aaron Valdes, who finished with only two points on 1-for-12 shooting. Valdes, UH’s leading scorer this season, was coming off a 34-point outing on Jan. 10 vs. Cal State Northridge.

The Rainbow Warriors also played without starting senior guard and captain Garrett Nevels, who is recovering from Dec. 31 surgery on his right (shooting) hand, and starting forward Negus Webster-Chan, who stayed back in Honolulu after experiencing flu-like symptoms all week.

“It’s tough not having two starters (available), and then when your leading scorer goes 1 for 12, that’s tough to overcome,” Hawai’i coach Benjy Taylor said. “We’ve been unlucky. But I love this group — they still fought.”

In the absence of the two starters, Taylor went with a new starting lineup of Bobbitt and Valdes at guards, Mike Thomas and Jankovic at forwards, and Stefan Jovanovic at center.

Fleming played 31 minutes off the bench, and Quincy Smith contributed nine points in 23 reserve minutes. Only two other players saw limited action: Niko Filipovich (four minutes) and Dyrbe Enos (few seconds at the end of the game).

Rainbow Warrior point guard Bobbitt contributed 10 points, six rebounds, five assists and five steals. His putback with 15:30 remaining in the first half capped a 9-2 UH run to put the ‘Bows up, 10-6, and Quincy Smith banked in a 3-pointer from the left wing to later top off a 15-5 surge to extend the lead to 27-14 with 7:40 left.

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UH had nine steals in the game’s first 14 minutes, but only one in the final six of the first half.

“We didn’t have the same energy (late in the first half),” Bobbitt said. “We gave up too many easy baskets, and we didn’t guard the 3-point line.”

The Highlanders chipped away and eventually closed it to 31-28 on Nick Gruninger’s mid-range jumper 21 seconds before halftime, finishing with an 11-2 run. UCR then used an 8-2 surge in the first two minutes of the second half to take a 36-35 lead on Steven Thornton’s 3-point swish from the right wing. Hawai’i answered with a 5-0 run capped by Fleming’s 3-pointer to put the Rainbow Warriors ahead, 40-36, with 16:19 remaining in the game.

The Highlanders responded with an 11-5 spurt ending with Austin Quick’s three free throws to give UCR a brief 47-45 lead with 11:52 left, only to see UH tie it on Stefan Jovanovic’s slam dunk to tie it 30 seconds later at 47-47. Gruninger’s 3-pointer pushed the Highlanders back ahead at 50-47, but Fleming capped an 8-2 run with a three-point play to give the Rainbow Warriors a 55-52 lead with 7:37 remaining.

Quick later topped off a 6-1 surge with a steal and layup to put UCR back ahead at 58-56 with 3:19 left, but Hawai’i tied it a minute later on Jankovic’s runner in the lane.

Then with 1:36 remaining, Bland broke the 58-58 tie with his 3-pointer from the left wing. Jankovic closed it to 61-60 with two free throws 17 seconds later, but Thornton answered with two free throws to push the lead to 63-60 with 29.5 ticks showing. Bobbitt closed it to 63-62 with two free throws seven seconds later, but Bland made it 65-62 with a pair of foul shots with 22 seconds remaining.

UH starting forward Mike Thomas, who finished with four points and five rebounds, went down with a dislocated right thumb with 1:08 left and did not return.

“He’s still got nine fingers,” Taylor said. “We don’t like making excuses. We didn’t make excuses back in November (when head coach Gib Arnold and assistant Brandyn Akana were relieved of their duties, and starting forward Isaac Fotu was declared ineligible and then turned pro), and we’re not going to make excuses now.”

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Jankovic said: “At the end of the day, we should have pulled this one out. But it’s not the end of the world.”

Hawai’i shot just 35.0 percent from the field, and tied its season-low by making only three 3-pointers in 18 attempts.

Steven Thornton led the Highlanders with 22 points, while Bland added 15. Taylor Johns, UCR’s leading scorer and rebounder entering the game, finished with seven points and seven rebounds.

The Rainbow Warriors are scheduled to return home Sunday and will soon begin preparation for its next game, against first-place UC Davis at the Stan Sheriff Center on Thursday.

“We have a chance to make some noise,” Taylor said.

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Big West Conference
Saturday’s Results

Long Beach State 69, UC Santa Barbara 53
UC Davis 79, Cal State Fullerton 68
Cal State Northridge 55, Cal Poly 48
UC Riverside 66, Hawai’i 62

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28 Comments

  1. Tough lost. Wow, what an off night for Valdes. It’s games like this we need someone else to step in and play up.

  2. Dyrbe got in for some of the last 15 seconds. I saw him sitting with the players getting instructions from Benji.

    Chris Tang, a guard from China, didn’t get to play in the game for Riverside.

  3. BOWZ RUN OUT OF GAS ON THE ROAD!

    Fast start, check. Did anyone check the gas tank? Seems we were missing two spare tires.

    Last night’s game is a clear indication that if you rely strictly on a pressing defense, you better have the bodies to back it up. We have 7 more road games and at this point, it should be clear that anyone in the Big West can beat anyone on any given night.

    Right now we are just trying to get healthy bodies back on the court and continue to learn how to play with one another. We have a dynamic underclass of players who will need support.

    This should show the significance of what recruiting should be doing right now. What is the UH Admin doing about it…nothing!

    It has become clear to me that their focus is on the Medical Center and not Athletics…thus the change in Chancellorship.

    Well, we have a real make or break home stand this week with arguably the two best teams coming into the Stanley. We will have to fight for every win for seeding in that all important BWC tourney.

    Come on out, this is a terrific group of young players to watch. Get better Garrett and Negus…we need you.

    GO BOWZ

  4. PaloloWarrior and BACKBEAT, thanks too Islandman for info. about Dyrbe, I saw him too, for that last couple seconds, the emergency 3 point man.

    ONE THING STANDS OUT: Since Nov 1 2014, when Benjy took over, and had to get MBB program in shape, have guys that wanted to be part of team, and no distractions on board, Team bought into his philosophy…
    BACKBEAT.. I was thinking the same thing.. the Zone press they have, and the traps, it does wear guys out, unless you have 9 guys rotating in and out for whole game…
    I think in Conference play, you have to be able to have Terrific Half Court Defense.. When other teams break UH’s pressure, and UH has to sit in their zone or man.. Teams, are able to penetrate, dish, or get wide open 3 pt looks, that shot by Bland, Thomas was falling backwards trying to guard it.. it was a great shot.. that put them ahead .

    Plus, if UH cannot score off of the turnovers, they have Bobbitt slow down tempo.. UH has to have very good half court offensive sets that they will score out of.. THEY DID HAVE THE LOOKS.. whole team were missing, layups, mid range shots. and some three pointers..

    True what Benjy says, young team, and margin for error is very small.. healthy NWC and Nevels, on the road, or at home.. they , UH would have probably won against Poly and Riverside.. and be sitting at 3-0..
    The post game comments.. I saw on TV Janks and Benjy jawing, however.. what janks said after game, shows he is Team guy.. he just wants to win..and knows he and Whole Team can play much better.. These guys… the healthy ones, .. They Are Fighters. any other UH team would have folded and lost by18 pts.. however.. UH had chance to win this first road, game.

    Still, that 4000-4800- hopefully 6000 will still come out and support UH MBB at SSC this week .. Davis and Irvine, the top tier teams currently and UH can knock both of them down, in fact, put Davis in the loss column, will tighten up the standings..

    I figure, JMO.. if UH can go 4-4 first half BWC.. with that tough 4 game in a row road swing coming up. they are still in good shape.. Most important, team healthy and playing best ball, ending of season, and peak in BWC tourney..

    This team They are Not Quitters..
    UH Admin and Medical school? I don’t see the connections.. however.. UH admin wants the best for athletics. support the coaches, and MBB’ criticial recruiting.. bet they have 2 or 3 guys waiting , wait and see, whether, letler who knows ?

    Go Bows We Backing the Bows.. what Benjy and Team have done.. Fantastic !!
    🙂

  5. True, if NWC and Nevels were healthy start of BWC time.. short memory, in DHC, that starting 5 , Bobbitt, Nevels, Valdes, NWC , Thomas….. with Jovanovich, Janks, Fleming and Smith off the bench were playing very well, even in half court sets..

    Man oh man, wish healthy return to Nevels and NWC.. however real test,, Benjy just have guys focus on Davis.. get that W.. then Irvine.. fully confident.. this team will battle for every win, and never give up.. great group and exciting team to watch, even in loss at Riverside ESPNU national broadcast.. maybe a recruit, or those waiting in wings.. say..hmmmm, I want to help UH team, they need rim protector, or athletic wings, They need a few more guys to add to be awesome next season..

    And BACKBEAT.. yes read the articles this SA paper ..the slowness of getting a new AD, what is up with that.. and the stablilizing of MBB program, ….Just too slow, to get things straight,.. and you are right, don’t know if Chancellor or President or people sitting on the BOR, or movers and Power that be EVER played NCAA DI sports.. I don’t think so.. If they did, with current landscape of NCAA DI happenings, and UH current state of athletics.. with UH MBB a bright spot.. they would have done things several months ago, to help. AUWE

    Still Backing the Bows !! Team, just go out and effort and win !!

  6. Had to go back and listen view the interviews with Bobbitt, Jankovich and Fleming….
    Man no excuses, they hit it right on the head, rebounding, making shots, effort, hunger, hustle, heart, janks saying and Rod, Isaac, the two starters out, No Excuse, they had enough guys on the court to win..
    Only 3rd conference game, not end of the world, BWC play.. still 13 more games to go.
    Fleming, mature interview..yes, you have guys with that passion, and maybe some because of being in cali play certain way ? I don’t know, I feel Quincy has played very well past 3 games..

    Fleming, that heart.. team is not in NBA…where they coast, play long season then play all out during playoffs.. team has to play hard all the time
    Janks.. refs did not steal the lead, or take points off of the board.. UH had to learn to hold lead and should have won.
    Rod..Rebounding, blocking out, fundamentals..
    This Team.. They don’t give excuses..
    Coach…knows.. he has a Very, Very good mindset team
    Nice to know, according to Janks that nwc, HE MUST have that nasty flu going around, knocks you out for one or two weeks.. is getting better every day, as well as Garrett,

    Love Fleming’s last comment, get everyone back on board, and most importantly be on top in March..learn, from this, mature, he being young guy, and get better..
    That is another impressive thing.. they way These 12.. they speak, from the heart.. and they show it.. They have heart.. just have to get better, practice to practice, day by day, as team and individually, Rebounding drills, a whole practice….

    Forget this loss, Just Concentrate on Davis.. Huge Game.. Go Bows !!
    Backing the Bows Warriors go to War !!

  7. And hard to win at home or on the road getting out shot 46% to 36% from the field.. UH has to make their shots, from layups to mid, to 3 ball.. Janks shows he has offensive firepower, Valdes will be back, has to be consistent at home and on the road.. all 13 remaining BWC games.. NWC.. no wonder, he looked so tired, exhausted, last couple of games.. guy had the virus.. nasty one..He come back healthy for Davis game, and even, G Money was pointing towards return, or at least dress for Davis game with special brace.. those two guys, helps a lot.. However , a blessing. Smith, Fleming, Janks, Jovanovich, getting a lot of PT.. even Niko was in there in first half, and little of second, pestering Riverside with his defense.. will ONLY HELP UH team down the stretch.

    Go Bows !!
    We aint’ giving up on you.
    Benjy.. keep guys motivated, hungry, and learning.. work on fundamentals,.. making shots.. sure with the ball.. and back to winning.. Davis and Irvine.. wow.. at SSC with 6000 hopefully or more rocking the Stanley.. UH MBB fans.. it does not get better than that.. And What happened to Jamie Smith? Hope he is back with MBB by Davis Game, Jimmy the Brit..

    🙂

  8. It’s just one play, but wondering aloud: 22 seconds left, down by one. How would it have played out if Riverside’s Thorton was called for a 5-second violation (not sure if he called timeout in time) or stepping inbounds (which replays showed he did). UH would have had possession under its own basket trailing 63-62.

    Oh, well … hopefully, Thomas’ thumb injury isn’t severe, and Negus and Nevels return this week. Two tough games.

  9. UH kept Johns and Bland somewhat in check, but Thornton came up big, a lot from his free throws, 12 of 13. And A. Quick was 4 for 4 on FG’s .

  10. The time is now , Warriors ,come on guys , you need to win these two home games.

  11. jjay, clyde, islandman, Backbeat, palolowarrior,, so far this year… Year of Redemption.. Guys battle through incredible odds, and adversity… I mean, if Benjy and 2014-15 team somehow, finish with 20 win season, and make it to NCAA tournament.. and Any Team in BWC 1-9 , as we can see can win that tournament in March… This story will be written up all over the nation..

    These guys are big hearted, passionate, smart, and despite, injury, defections, illness. and not total backing from UH admin.. they are standing at 1-2,.. should have been 3-0 BWC, still early, very early, Fans don’t give up on team…and 13 wins so far.. many said, after Gib let go.. UH would be fortunate to win 9 games TOTAL for year.. well they are proving many wrong.

    Without a doubt. .. team will come out firing, and prepared to win against Davis and Irvine.. till the last man standing.. they have to get their shots to fall, rebounding, just fundamental basketball and their energy.. they will be alright.,

  12. RunBows; — yes, any team , 1 through 9, can win the BW tourney. Unfortunately, only eight can get into tournament. Hard to believe, UC Davis did not make lt last year .

  13. That is why so important.. UH MBB team,… this year will be Real Battle.. I think Fullerton is in last place at 0-3, Hawaii has to stay ahead of them.
    islandman, You ever recall, Nevels, Reyes, Jawato, NWC, Quincy, Mike Thomas, all having injuries, … guys that would have or currently having ailments that kept them out of, or limited in performance in games.. I have never seen or hear of a UH MBB team that took that many hits..to frontline guys.. amazing.. This Team so far.. they have always, battled back after a loss.. I think OT time loss to Poly, UH came back and got CSUN.. after Riverside loss, they will come back at Davis, with hopefully a healthy NWC..
    BWC.. top to bottom.. they can beat any team, at home or on the road..

    islandman.. From Benjy to Dyrbe, and whole team, … they know, their goal, still finish with as many conference wins as possible, and peak in BWC tournament.. and go dancing.
    With healthy Jawato, NWC and healed, or at least braced up Nevels.. I think a 4 or 5 finish and 8-8 or 9-7 record is possible.. Team will fight till they cannot anymore.. so impressive.
    I always try to be optimistic..

    Hey, keep the Faith.. I would not doubt, if UH plays two of their best games against Davis and Irvine, for the wins.. that 4000 to 5000+ that will be there SSC with hopefully finally Jamie Smith, will make it sound like 15000 in attendance, and statewide, and global stream wide audience.. UH will find a way.. more so, if they can win, and have positive side of winning record for MBB this year, which I believe they will , 19-20 within reach.. MBB team, through the storm.. one of the best I have ever witnessed playing.. and that is a Great Thing

    Go Bows Keep on Fighting.. Not to be number eight, at least top 4 .. anyone can.. and why not UH MBB team.. young team, living, and learning and healing up for March run !!

    🙂

  14. now i wonder if the luck is running out….is benjy still that good of a coach?

  15. Hawkins was held to 11 points in their first BW game this season vs. CSUN, on Jan. 7 (with 7 assists though). There is hope to hold him down some .

  16. If anyone remembers the road games from last year, the first game was always the killer. We got funny kine schedule again this year. They play one game then return home. Why? Everyone knows that the second game always better. Then after two homes game they go on an epic voyage for 4 games beginning on Jan. 29 and ending on Feb. 7. Even if they come home with that 5 day layoff it’s the psychology of having to go right back on the road to battle Cal Poly and Santa Barbara. That’s how it was last year too. I’d like to know who does the scheduling. Hope it’s not some lady from the upper campus that does not even watch basketball.

    But I’m not worried about this year’s team. They did not win yesterday but they were in it down to the wire. Last years team fared worse in first games. The team just needs to find a way to pull out those close games. Plus they expended too much energy in the first half and could not effectively press in the second half. Your legs might be feeling good at the start but the road grind starts to set in later. I think future road games they should pour it on in the second half.

    Don’t believe we have been at full strength yet. NWC has had a string of injuries and illnesses. He’s due for a big game when healthy. And if this team is the Ying, Garret Nevels is the Yang. Looking forward to his return. Aaron Valdes is either hot or cold. But he still brings a lot to the table even if his scoring goes down. Like a young Coby Byrant, Valdes will become more consistent as he matures. I can see the day coming soon when Jankovic will be double teamed. One on one he will be unstoppable. This team is still young and improving by leaps and bounds. Learn from your mistakes now and be ready at tournament.

  17. servante …. well stated…like a veteran and UH fan and person… this team young.. the injuries, defections, and turmoil, ailments.. unreal.. yet team has 13 overall wins.. only 3 games in.. if had NWC and Nevels.. no question they would be 3-0….It is such a balanced league, and UH did not lose by 20 on a better Riverside team, with some guys who do not knock down FT’s and 3’s, of course in their gym on national TV, they were making them.

    I think BENJY TAYLOR and the guys, maybe assistants.. THEY READ OUR POSTS.. especially here and UH MBB twitter hash tag site, ..
    BENJY.. when guys all healed and ready.. remember you did not want to burn out guys , keep fresh till end of season.. can lock into good solid Match up Zone, or responsible, fundamental and help side, Half Court Defenses.. get stops.. Rebounding off of D and O glass. plus not letting other teams, get the O rebounds after FT misses.. those are killers..

    Unless Benjy.. you have 10 guys that can press for 40 minutes, playing 10 guys, no drop off, and converting the turnovers into baskets.. maybe should back off, and press, trap, only in spurts, first half, stay close, or build a lead.. Then I AGREE with servante … turn up the Heat in second half, when the guys legs are still there.. Once again Fans.. Even beat Writer, Brian M., Dave R. op writer, they, even the Leahys are fans of this team, super exciting..

    And Hawaiifan09… I would not go critical too much.. Benjy, is like a guy who was inserted into your position in your family, job or school, had to start from scratch, did he do good job first 16 games.. Yes. Mid Major Hugh Durham coach of the year.. Benjy gets his guys all healthy, and they go and win that BWC tournament, I would cast my vote for him BWC coach of the year.. and UH admin and search committee would still be looking for AD to appoint a permanent HC.. well let’s see how Benjy does going into BWC wars. and winning games in BWC.. finish 20-22 wins overall.. he would be front runner.. he and Fantastic Fourteen, guys through Adversity of the absolutely worse type.. they are coming out winners..

    Not the end of BWC basketball world.. only 3 games.. if after 10 games, UH is at 6-4…I say, Right On. brother Benjy, Benjy Ball, and Team are great OHana !!

    Go Rainbow Warriors !
    Eagle, servante, RunBows(hoops, UHF..) we supported through thick and thin and coaching change and athlete comings and going.. this team.. only going to get better.. when March comes around.. chant: Poly, Poly, Poly, UH want that cracker , crack at the NCAA’s.. humor too.. Go Bows !!

    fun team.. all that can go.. please.. 6000 plus on Thurs for Davis and Sat. Mamadou time .. pack the house.. and cheer on team
    I still watch the replays, with execption of NWC, Janks, short BYU game.. even that game, for 30 minutes, UH was pressing and turning over BYU team till the ran out of gas.. exciting team

    Maybe Benjy balance the defensive attack and drop back into a SOLID help Man, Match up Zone, and solid man, with traps in the corner.. cannot gamble too much, and reach, that is how guys get into foul trouble.

    MAHALO BENJY YOU DOING GREAT JOB.. KEEP IT GOING.. YOU LOVE YOUR TEAM
    THE FANS OF UH MBB.. we DO LOVE THEM TOO !!

    Janks, is a legit, offensive threat, he did get 5 rebounds.. was in foul trouble.. if not.. He would have had probably 22 pts and 10 boards.. couple of blocked shots, remember only his eighth game since RShirting..He will be good, NWC gets his shot back and Nevels and Jawato healthy.

    Calvary on the way Benjy.. just get them healthy.. and The Attitude of team.,.. KEEP THEM SOLID TOGETHER>. great young men !!

  18. Disappointing loss. Not having Nevels and NWC hurts. Their rebounding and points are really missed. But they still started off strong and should have put their foot on Riverside’s throat in the first half and not let them back in the game. A missed shot here, a rebound there, and making 1-and-1s would have made a big difference at the end, not to mention a foot on the baseline call.

    Love the fight in this team, though, and if they can hang together and can get everyone healthy, I like their chances to finish strong. Not optimistic, but hoping for a good sized crowd on Thursday for Davis. I’ll only be marginally useful at work on Friday, but a win would be huge so gotta represent.

  19. Painful loss last Saturday, too painful to even comment on. But in reading reactions and comments, I wanted to put some things into perspective:

    -UH was missing 27% of it’s average PPG (Nevels and NWC). To be honest, it’s bad enough when Nevels was out, but the 2 of them are also 2 of the best 3 point shooters on the team. It was very evident that UH had a hard time finding its go-to guy when they badly were in need of points

    -UH scored 31 points in both halves. So scoring wise, they were consistent, but defensively they just couldn’t get it done in the second half. I don’t agree w/some of the fouls the ref’s were calling on UH but that’s to be expected on the road

    -Valdes, a 50%+ shooter shot 1 for 12 and missed multiple front-ends of 1-and-1’s. Had he even made one more FG or even one of those 1 and 1’s, UH probably wins. I know a lot of his misses he was looking for calls, but he has to realize he’s not going to get the same calls on the road that he often gets at home

    -Thornton, a 70% FT shooter goes 12-13 in FT’s, including hitting front-ends of 1-and1’s. This was huge and if he even misses one of those, UH probably wins

    -HORRID OFFICIATING. It seems like the officiating was pretty one sided and the majority of the calls near the end of the game seemed to go in UCR’s favor. And while it was probably unfair for UH, they should not have let it come to that point to where it came down the ref’s calls.

    Looking forward…

    UH has two very important games coming up this week against the league’s top teams and can really make a statement if they go 2 – 0. At this point, I don’t believe they can pull off the sweep without both Nevels and NWC. Either way, I look forward to and support them in every way and wish them the best. Let’s GO BOWS!

  20. You pronounce Jankovic : something like Yunkovic; not Yangkovic. Bobby C said the ESPN announcers found this out from Janks. So Janks must in turn be pronounced Yunks ?

    Is Mamodou going to play on Saturday ? He’s been out with an injury . Bobby had said to go to watch him play – he can dunk without jumping.

  21. or Yongkovic .

  22. ONE THING I WANT TO ADD

    The TECHNICAL called on Jankovic for the dunk…at half-time on ESPNU, I saw highlights of 2 other teams with even WORSE dunks (including one where the player ALSO slapped the backboard), yet NO CALL. UCR proceeds to make 1 of 2 ft’s and the potential game changer. Ref’s were biased from start to end so UH REALLY needs to watch out for that and keep it in mind

  23. Jankovic : ” Yonkovich “

  24. Negus back to practice. McInnis said, on Bobby C show, if Nevels were to play, he has to change the cast he’s currently wearing.

  25. Autry using the padded shields on the Stefan’s inside during practice to toughen them up to finish inside per Brian M.

    Nevels practicing some. Hope he’s careful running up / down the SSC stairs.

  26. UH playing the top team in league Davis, with corey hawkins who dropped 40 points on them 2 years ago at ssc..time to get big win
    hey..that 4000…? That will be there (hopefully 5600 with maniacs)
    Make noise…guys are ready something to prove
    that G…he is warrior ,,,even if he play defense, rebound and lead team huge lift..would like to see nwc and fellow canadian janks light it up!!
    When 12 guys able to play…now uh mbb is one of best teams in league..they ready to go to war !!
    Loss is over..move on fans
    two great teams coming into town
    uh mbb needs thes 2 wins !!
    Go Bows!!
    🙂

  27. When You Get The TEAMS ABOVE You in the League Standings on Your Home Court…

    You Better Be Ready to Take Advantage…

    UC-Davis and UC-Irvine @ Home This Week and

    CSUN and LBSU on the Road Next Week

    are Four of the Five Teams Above Hawai’i

    ‘Bows Better Beat ‘Em THIS Week
    ‘cos they are Certain (Predicted) Underdogs Next Week…

    So… No Room for Excuses…Only Results (We Want)
    Injuries, Illness, Focus and Readiness…
    Whoever IS Available HAS TO Play At Their Highest Levels
    And Find the Ways to Win The Next TWO and More of the Next Four…
    Losing Two of Three for Starters IS NO Immediate Cause for Panic
    BUT The BWC Winning has to Start NOW…
    There is No Advantage to Elevating Out of The Loser’s Bracket like Cal Poly Last Year

    GO ‘BOWS!
    Elevate Strong and Stronger
    Your Best to Date is NOT Enough
    Dig Deeper, Find More Focus
    HIT More Free Throws and Field Goals
    UP The Defense, Reduce the Unnecessary Fouls
    Get More Steals AND REBOUNDS
    Get In The Game and Make The Difference
    With and For Your Teammates
    Make (Not Watch) Plays
    FINISH STRONG TO WIN!

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