Hawai’i MBB Unable to Overcome Turnovers, Fouls in Road Loss to Unbeaten UNLV

Hawai’i MBB Unable to Overcome Turnovers, Fouls in Road Loss to Unbeaten UNLV

Hawai’i MBB Unable to Overcome Turnovers, Fouls in Road Loss to Unbeaten UNLV

By: Paul Brecht

NEVADA – The University of Hawai’i men’s basketball team dropped their first game on the mainland this season to the UNLV Rebels, 77-62, to fall to 5-3 on the season.

The ‘Bows found themselves with a slow offensive start in the team’s first action on the mainland this season and in front of a relatively rowdy home UNLV crowd.

The Runnin’ Rebels, who had won eight straight to open their season, started quickly and jumped out to an early 12-point lead by the first half’s 12-minute media timeout.

While UH would continue to chip away at the UNLV lead, getting as close as down just five with 7:13 remaining in the first half but couldn’t get closer.

The Rebels ended the half on a 20-8 run, capped by a Jordan McCabe buzzer-beater, to open up a 41-22 lead heading into the locker rooms.

Turnovers plagued the ‘Bows in the first half, as the visitors committed nine first-half turnovers leading to 12 points for the opposition. The UNLV bench also outscored Hawai’i reserves, 17-4, in first half action.

Both teams came out of the break trading punches, as Hawai’i cut the UNLV lead down to 16 by the first media timeout of the second half. Through a tight whistle, UH continued to pull closer to UNLV while the Rebels entered the 1&1 bonus with just over 12 minutes to play. 

The ‘Bows, though offensively not showing the best output, continued to bunker down on the defensive end against the Rebels. Coupled with the help of the three-point touch of 6’9” first-year forward Harry Rouhiladeff, Hawai’i brought the deficit to 54-46 with 9:02 to play.

Unfortunately, fouls and turnovers would come back to bite the ‘Bows. UNLV entered the double bonus with 8:16 left in the 2nd half and UH would commit nine more turnovers in the second stanza, totaling 18 throwaways on the evening for the road warriors.

The Rebels would push the lead back up to 20 points, 77-57, thanks to the hot shooting of Luis Rodriguez and the entire UNLV unit.

Hawai’i would give one last effort, closing the gap to 15 points to finish the night thanks to five quick Kamaka Hepa points in the final minute before falling, 77-62.

UNLV was led by Rodriguez’ 18 points, followed by Keshon Gilbert and Justin Webster each contributing 13 points as the Rebels stayed unbeaten.

The big man, Hepa, paced the Hawai’i Rainbow Warriors with 15 points, including three 3-pointers. Forward Beon Riley came off the bench and chipped in 12 points and a team-leading 8 rebounds for the ‘Bows.

After a strong showing from the UH bigs, the talented Hawai’i guard group will look to get back on track in the Rainbow Warriors’ next game on Sunday, December 11 when they return home to host Saint Francis.

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By: Paul Brecht

MANOA – D&D means something a bit different for the University of Hawai’i women’s basketball team.

Defense and depth are the two “D”s that stand out most for the Rainbow Wahine. In Tuesday’s exhibition game against HPU, 13 players saw double-digit minutes and 10 players scored. UH held visiting Hawai’i Pacific University to just 49 points in the team’s final tune-up before the regular season kicks off.

The Sharks, led by first-year head coach Katie Novak, started out the exhibition against Division I Hawai’i on fire from downtown. HPU knocked down four triples in the opening frame to take an early lead, 16-11.

The ‘Bows tossed on a press following the hot start from the Sharks and immediately began forcing turnovers, helping end the first quarter on an 8-2 run and taking a 19-18 lead.

The run would continue into the second quarter as the Rainbow Wahine defense locked down HPU en route to a 25-2 run stretching from the end of the first quarter to midway through the second.

The ‘Bows would continue using their depth and press throughout the second half, helping hold HPU at arm’s length for the remainder of the evening as UH cruised to a 73-49 victory to close the pre-season.

The Rainbow Wahine were led by first-year guard Jovi Lefotu (`Iolani High School), who had 20 points in her introduction to college basketball. Sophomore guard Daejah Phillips chipped in 13 points to go along with three steals.

The HPU Sharks were led by graduate center Abby Spurgin, who contributed a 15-point, 10-rebound performance in her Sharks debut. Sophomore wing Jordyn Jensen had 13 points, along with an 8-8 performance from the free throw line.

The Rainbow Wahine will hit the road to open the regular season next Monday at 3:30 PM HST, taking on Oregon State.

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Spirit of Aloha on Display as Hawai’i Celebrates Rainbow Wahine Athletics 50th Anniversary

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By: Paul Brecht

MANOA – It was the first home Mountain West matchup of the season for the University of Hawai’i at Manoa football team and the school’s celebration of 50 years of Rainbow Wahine athletics, meaning the Rainbow Warriors’ pre-game ‘Bows Fest was a little extra packed.

Offered before each Hawai’i home football game, fans are invited to come into Clarence T. C. Ching Complex up to two hours before kickoff to try local food and drink vendors, play some football-related games and socialize with fellow UH fans.

21 vendors attend ‘Bows Fest consistently, with food options spanning from the popular Eggs N’ Things to Oh’s Kitchen serving barbeque on a stick with Kettle Corn Hawai’i or Bad Banana’s frozen chocolate-covered bananas for a few of the dessert options.

For those who find themselves parched pre-game, ‘Bows Fest offers a variety of beers like Bud Light, Michelob Ultra and the local Kona Brewing Company’s Big Wave Golden Ale in both 16 oz. and 24 oz. drafts for fans, with prices ranging from $8 to $12.

For fans looking for non-alcoholic options, Perefoti Island Fixx is just one of many options offered during the pre-game festivities with a collection of fruit-based drinks with real fruit in the drink. Island Banana Juice and Haleiwa Cane Juice offer a selection of drinks for fans to enjoy along with the normally offered sodas and water.

The Aloha Spirit was in Manoa for Saturday’s conference home opener, as the fans rolled in for the planned “White Out” for the game. As kickoff creeped closer, fans began to pile in with their white shirts and the field was surrounded in the home white.  

     

Before the teams entered the field for pre-game introductions, the Hawai’i marching band brought the energy in Manoa up as fans anxiously awaited the Rainbow Warriors entrance.

Thanks in part to a high-scoring game, there was an electric atmosphere at the Clarence T. C. Ching Complex for much of the night. A true family feeling within the fanbase, the energy was positive throughout the game as the ‘Bows did not trail during the contest.

The event staff for UH also did a nice job with fan involvement, playing music that was a good mix between current hits and older classics for the fanbase during downtime of the game and having activities for fans to take part in during quarter breaks, including things such as Follow the Football, T-Shirt Catch and 30-yard Throw and Catch for prizes from game day sponsors.

During halftime, the UH marching band performed alongside the dance team and members of bands and dancers from various high schools on O’ahu to a rousing applause from the home crowd in attendance. The women’s sporting programs also were recognized at halftime in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Rainbow Wahine, much to the delight of the onlookers in attendance.

The Rainbow Warriors continued to pull further away from Nevada in the second half, as the home defense put on a dominant display stopping the run and the offense added another 10 points in the fourth quarter as fans cheered on through the final whistle.

With the marching band playing tunes while fans left, the vibes on the campus of the University of Hawai’i at Manoa were as high as any point this season. Often, football teams talk about playing complimentary football where the offense, defense and special teams units all play well to help each other.

The gameday experience at UH, from ‘Bows Fest to game break activities to post game celebrations, was complimentary of each other. An overall delight of a Saturday, as the Spirit of Aloha shined on the fans in attendance for another Rainbow Warriors game day.

‘Bows Rush Attack Eclipses 200 Yards, Take Down Wolf Pack

‘Bows Rush Attack Eclipses 200 Yards, Take Down Wolf Pack

‘Bows Rush Attack Eclipses 200 Yards, Take Down Wolf Pack

By: Paul Brecht

MANOA – The University of Hawai’i football team welcomed conference rival Nevada to the friendly confines of the Clarence T. C. Ching Athletics Complex Saturday evening, using senior running back Dedrick Parson’s three touchdown day and a dominant day from the defense to take down the Wolf Pack, 31-16, and move to 2-5 (1-1 Mountain West) on the season.

After Nevada (2-5, 0-3 Mountain West) won the opening toss and deferred, the Rainbow Warriors marched down the field on the opening drive with a balanced attack, both through the air and on the ground. The ‘Bows capped their first possession with a one-yard touchdown run from Parson to take an early 7-0 advantage.

Nevada wouldn’t flinch despite giving up an opening drive touchdown, as quarterback Nate Cox and the Wolf Pack converted two third downs on their own drive and then punched in a touchdown on fourth and goal to tie the game at 7-7.

Following a blown up bubble screen and a near-interception, Hawai’i quarterback Brayden Schager showed off his athleticism to escape the Nevada rush and find Nick Cenacle for an 18-yard gain to pick up a first down. The Rainbow Warriors would take to the air two plays later as Schager found Zion Bowens wide open downfield for a 48-yard score to retake a 14-7 lead.

It was a lead that the ‘Bows wouldn’t relinquish for the rest of the night.

On the ensuing possession, Hawai’i forced what appeared to be a three-and-out but a late personal foul flag extended the drive for Nevada to the end of the first quarter.

The Wolf Pack would open the second quarter with a punt back to the ‘Bows. A one-handed interception from Nevada’s Eli’jah Winston to set up the visitors with their best opening field position of the night but the Rainbow Warriors defense would hold strong, forcing a field goal and maintaining the lead, 14-10.

Hawai’i would start their next drive off with back-to-back 25+ yard plays, as RB Tylan Hines ripped off a 30-yard run and WR Jalen Walthall had a 28-yard catch-and-run to set the ‘Bows up on the Nevada 36. Following a personal foul penalty on Nevada, Parson powered his way into the endzone for his second rushing touchdown of the night and extending the lead to 21-10 with 9:11 left to play in the first half.

A Wolf Pack field goal on the next possession to make it 21-13 would be the final score of the half, as the ‘Bows would be forced to punt and Nevada missed a 45-yard field goal as time expired in the first half.

Another Nevada field goal with 3:19 left in the third quarter would pull the Wolf Pack to within five, but it would be the last time the Hawai’i defense allowed points.

The Rainbow Warriors answered back with a long, methodical drive spanning over the end of the third quarter and the first five minutes of the fourth quarter. Following a fourth down conversion, the ‘Bows used the legs of Dedrick Parson once again as the senior back tied his career-high with his third rushing touchdown of the day to give Hawai’i a 28-16 lead.

UH’s Matthew Shipley chipped in a 27-yard field goal with 1:37 left to cap off the scoring as the Rainbow Warriors defeated the Nevada Wolf Pack, 31-16, to even their Mountain West record at 1-1.

It was UH first-year head coach Timmy Chang’s first conference victory and first win over an FBS opponent, as the former record-setting quarterback helped his alma mater take down his former employer. Chang spent the past five seasons as the wide receivers and tight ends coach at Nevada.

UH quarterback Brayden Schager finished the night completing 13 of 25 passes for 173 yards with a touchdown and interception. His favorite target of the night, Zion Bowens, finished with four catches for 79 yards and a touchdown catch. Dedrick Parson led a rushing attack that went over 200 yards on the day with 136 rushing yards of his own on 24 carries to go along with three touchdowns. Tylan Hines chipped in 70 yards rushing on 12 carries for the ‘Bows.

Penei Pavihi led Hawai’i with eight total tackles, including six solo tackles. Hugh Nelson and Peter Manuma chipped in eight and seven tackles apiece to help a dominant run defense against Nevada. John Tuitupou added a fourth quarter strip sack for the ‘Bows defense.

The Rainbow Warriors will hit the road next week to take on another conference foe in Colorado State, with kick-off scheduled for 10 A.M. HST.

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