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Warriors pull away from UH-Hilo, 86-67


Aaron Valdes scored a game-high 33 points — including 22 in the first half — and grabbed seven rebounds and Isaac Fleming added 17 points, seven assists and six boards tonight to help Hawai’i pull away from UH-Hilo, 86-67, in non-conference men’s basketball action.

A mellow gathering of 2,145 at the Stan Sheriff Center watched Stefan Jovanovic add 10 points as the Rainbow Warriors improved to 6-1. The Vulcans remain winless at 0-6.

Hilo took an early 5-4 lead on Patrick Ball’s layup two minutes into the game, but Mike Thomas answered with two free throws to give UH the lead for good. The Vulcans stayed close, closing to 18-17 on Ball’s 3-pointer with 12:06 remaining in the first half, before the Rainbow Warriors opened it up to 33-20 as Valdes capped an 8-0 run with a layup six minutes later.

Valdes later drained a 3-pointer from the left corner to push the lead to 38-24 with 2:54 left, but Ball swished a buzzer-beater from about 30 feet away at the halftime horn to close it to 44-33.

Hilo narrowed the margin to 47-38 on Vandyon Lockett’s 3-pointer three minutes into the second half, but that was as close as the Vulcans would get, as UH used an 18-3 run ignited by Valdes’ layup and capped by Fleming’s reverse to stretch the lead to 65-41 with 11:10 remaining in the game.

Hilo would not get closer than 15 points the rest of the way.

More details, including video highlights and interviews, will be posted later.

(Game photo courtesy Brandon Flores / www.brandonfloresphotography.com)


  1. these DII schools , I guess alright, however.. would have rather UH played UNLV and San Diego St on the road.. real test for DHC..
    still think, weak, wimp SOS schedule..
    easy for UH to win 25 games, . CIT or CBI locked in.

    NIT or NCAA, I don’t know.. wait for ncaa thing pau..

  2. This video was a bit better because you can replay it, see the parts you missed or whatever. Mahalo.

  3. ‘LOST’ FOTU Via FIBA Games…

    LOST NEGUS VIA Last Year’s Road Warrior Games
    (And/Or Lack of Staff Attention-Help/ RE-Recruitment`)
    Think Negus Versus FLEMING…
    THAT.IS Analogous to BT Versus EG…
    Maybe [LIFE IS?] NOT ‘FAIR’
    BUT THAT IS Their Score Card & Track Record
    The Rest is Reasons and Circumstances OR Excuses and Shortcomings
    WHO HOLDS The CONTEXT? SHAPES And Molds THAT (UHMBB) Environment?
    SAME Lassner-Bley-Vroman Over-Lords…

    WHO Would YOU Wanna Put on the Ropes Next?
    They ALSO Gotta Ramp Up their Academic Skills,
    HARDER Than Free Throws
    OR Leave The Trevor’s Home to Attend Classes And Study…

    I think they NEED More Big Bodies AND Shooters
    To Challenge the SDSUs and UNLVs On the Road…
    They ARE Way Better Than the Texas Techs,,,

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