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Warriors look to continue recent tradition of beating UAPB

If the University of Hawai’i basketball team thinks its road trip to Texas Tech was a rough one, the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff doesn’t want to hear anything about it.

The Golden Lions are one of the most traveled teams in the country, and this latest trip will bring them to the Stan Sheriff Center, just four days after playing in New York. Hawai’i will host UAPB on Wednesday night (December 2) at 7 p.m.

The Warriors are 4-1, following an 82-74 road loss at Texas Tech last weekend. The Golden Lions are 2-5, with all seven games coming on the road. Hawai’i also hosted UAPB in 2010, 2012 and 2014, winning all three games in convincing fashion.


This season, UAPB will play in Honolulu coming off a 62-60 victory over Southeastern Louisiana in the Barclays Center Classic at West Point, New York.

In addition to two games at the Barclays Center Classic at New York, the Golden Lions have also played games against opponents in five other states – at Seattle, at Oklahoma State, at Michigan State, at Cincinnati and at Nebraska.

Their only victories were against Southeastern Louisiana and Seattle. Their five losses have been by an average of 30.6 points per game, including a 49-point loss at Cincinnati and a 46-point loss at Michigan State.

UAPB’s top player is JoVaughn Love, a 6-foot-9 senior forward. He is averaging team-highs of 11.7 points and 5.7 rebounds per game. He had 15 points and five rebounds in UAPB’s 85-57 loss at Hawai’i last season.

Love is the only UAPB player averaging double-figure points this season. Other key players include 6-3 junior guard Ghiavonni Robinson (9.4 points, 2.3 rebounds per game), 6-5 freshman guard Charles Jackson (6.9 points per game) and 6-6 senior forward Thaddeus Handley Jr. (5.6 points, 4.3 rebounds per game).

The quality of opposition has certainly played a role, but the Golden Lions are shooting just 37.1 percent from the field overall, 30.1 percent from 3-point range, and 64.2 percent on free throws.

By comparison, Hawai’i is shooting 48.5 percent from the field, 33.3 percent from 3-point range, and 59.4 percent from the free-throw line.

Junior forward Aaron Valdes continues to lead the Warriors in scoring at 18.6 points per game. He is also averaging 5.0 rebounds per game and is shooting 56.1 percent from the field. It is also worth noting that he had 28 points and nine rebounds in the Warriors’ win over UAPB last season.

Junior forward/center Stefan Jankovic is averaging 13.0 points and 7.2 rebounds per game; senior point guard Roderick Bobbitt is averaging 11.6 points, 7.6 assists and 5.6 rebounds per game; sophomore guard Isaac Fleming is averaging 10.0 points per game, and is coming off a career-high 21 points at Texas Tech.

Wednesday, December 2, 7:00 p.m.
Where: Stan Sheriff Center
Tickets: Upper Level – $26; Lower Level – $18 for adults, $16 for senior citizens (65-older), $5 for students (ages 4-18). Parking is $6.
TV: Live on OCSports (channel 16 and 1016)
Streaming video: Live on www.bigwest.tv
Radio: Live on ESPN1420 AM
Audio Webcast: www.espn1420am.com
Live stats: www.hawaiiathletics.com


  1. nice if UH were playing St Mary’s instead.. better game, competition, and rivalry.. poor Arkansas Pine Bluff..well Eran can add towards that 20 game and 10 boxes of malasadas .. bonus.. ha ha, joke.

  2. Maybe St. Mary’s next year ! Soon! Nice call.

  3. I will call a easy win for UH tonight: 88-65

    I hope and pray nobody get hurt and everybody on the bench get a chance to play.

    A few more thoughts on the schedule are that playing these weak teams are bad enough but they also playing on weeknights. I can say for myself that I will not be going tonight or next week and I think attendance for next couple games will be low.

  4. Remember what happened in the Chaminade game? Better not get overconfident. They are a foe and we need to come out as if it’s for the championship. These are the kind of games that can give you trouble when you are thinking that the other team don’t stand a chance. Hope Ganot will address team about that.

  5. If you heard Ganot on the radio last night was kind of funny when Booby asked a question three different ways about why UH should blow these guys out and Ganot gave the same answer about how they are worried and this opponent is dangerous. Now that I think back to it Ganot actually sounded too much underconfident. I hope he don’t address team too much that way and they play down to that level.

    UH is healthy and at home, so I will stick with win by at least 20+ points.

  6. Run and Gun.. have fun? Or Warrior> Bows .. slow down, run only when opportunity there? think going to have combined 70 fouls called , pretty evenly against both teams.. who hits for better FT and FG percentage, rebound even, and Prime Time.. APF that hungry, they ain’t scared of anyone…who knows.. for that 4200 that might be at SSC. go Bows..


    1 Charles Jackson G/F 6-5 210 Fr.
    Cleveland, Miss. Cleveland Eastside HS
    3 Thaddeus Handley, Jr. F 6-6 200 Sr. Pine Bluff, Ark. Mid South CC
    10 Jaquan Lynch G 6-3 180 Jr. Brooklyn, N.Y. Wabash Valley CC
    12 Marquis Cunningham C/F 6-8 200 Jr. Bronx, N.Y. Jones County CC
    13 Austin Cox G 6-4 175 So. Belleville, Ill Belleville East HS
    14 Marcus Wallace G 6-3 180 Fr. Jackson, Miss. Provine HS
    15 Trent Whiting F 6-7 205 Sr. Des Arc, Arkansas Des Arc HS
    21 Larry Johnson G 6-2 175 Sr. Greenwood, Miss Amanda Elzy HS
    22 JoVaughn Love G/F 6-9 220 Sr. Pine Bluff, Ark. Seminole State
    23 Ghiavonni Robinson G 6-3 190 Jr. Itta Bena, Mississippi Leflore HS
    25 Chauncy Parker C 6-8 225 Sr. West Memphis, Ark. Eastern Okla. State
    30 Deshon Bayless F/C 6-8 220 Jr. Laurel, Miss. Lawson State
    34 Devin Berry F 6-7 220 Jr. Columbus, Miss. Southwest CC
    40 J’Breun Sprinkle G 6-2 175 Fr. White Hall, Ark. White Hall HS
    52 David Tillman C 6-10 215 Jr. Houston, Texas Fort Bend Travis HS

  7. Whether UAPB Challenges And Makes it Close or UH Builds a Controlling Lead…

    I’m SURE EG wants Execution to Move Towards “Perfection”

    GOOD Shots — He Implied He Counts BAD Shots Same As Turnovers
    Good Passing (Texas was First Game We Lost Turnover Stat)
    Good Decisions
    Good Communiucation

    When the Good Teams Show Up
    UH ‘Better’ Have Weeded/ Tuned Out the Defects And Distractions…

    THAT IS An ‘Edge’ Over Last Year…

    I’m Looking For MORE of ‘Q’ and Fleming And Jankovic HIGH-FUNCTIONING
    WITHIN The Team’s SYSTEM….

    (Despite ANY Criticism, EG Points Out Q Leads The Team In Team-Points-Margin
    Similar to What Gib Used to Say…31-1 W-L Record)

    Looking for MORE Of Valdes & Thomas UPPING Their Games
    BECAUSE OF AND Within the System….

    i THINK (Since we’ve Been Talkin’ ‘Bout ‘Em)
    THAT the Men’s Team IS ALREADY BETTER-Coached than Na Wahine
    AND i Woulda Been Happy IF That Happened Over the Course of the WHOLE Season
    Because (Considering How GOOD Laura is as a Coach)

    THAT Is Saying A LOT…

    (To Consider Credit: I Think The Men’s Assistant Coaches Are MUCH More Accomplished)
    And Effective…
    EX: I Find it Amazing That Janks is Grabbing SEVEN Rebounds A Game…
    AND Rod 11-12 Points AND Seven to EIGHT Assists Per Game…

    Some Very GOOD Things ARE Happening On This Team…

    GO ‘BOWS!

    (C U @ The SSC…)
    I LIKE This Team… Despite ‘Marqui-Ness’ Of Opponents…
    SOON Enough… They WILL Have To STEP UP Even More….

  8. BTW … IF You didn’t Hear CTC Last Night…

    EG pointed Out BIG WEST Conference Is NOW ALL The Way UP to #12
    [Hey! Part Of It IS US!…]

    Used to Be Twenties or High Teens
    Last Year Up to #15….

  9. Just something random…

    Always wondered what happened to Bobby Miles.


    Apparently he took a few years off and still has 2 years of eligibility.

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