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For the Rainbows, that's about as ugly as it can get

By Dave Reardon


Here's the good news for the University of Hawaii basketball team.

The Warriors get to play a team they will probably beat today.

And that's about it.

Sure, Brandon Jawato broke out with some excellent long-range shooting and UH has another weapon that might come in handy in future games. Coach Gib Arnold said he will consider starting him after Jawato led UH with 12 points.

Yes, 12 points. The math is pretty simple — you're probably on the wrong end by a lot when your leading scorer has a dozen.

Saturday against Miami in the Diamond Head Classic, the freshman guard had very little help from his more established teammates and the Hurricanes won 73-58, going away.

Forward Christian Standhardinger was one of the underachievers, scoring just seven points —10 below his team-leading average — and zero in the first half.

It didn't matter that Miami was shorthanded as it played without its star, center Reggie Johnson. Well, it kind of did in the first half, after which the Hurricanes led just 22-21 after 20 minutes of basketball that was as ugly for both teams as the bright green shoes some of the Miami players wore.

There were more Jays sitting behind the Hawaii bench (new athletic director Ben and his family) than J's made by the Warriors before the break.

"Both teams played pretty good defense in the first half," Standhardinger said. "They held the ball and slowed down the game, and that was a smart tactical move.

"Our strength is running."

But regardless of that, 29 percent from the floor wasn't going to cut it, unless Miami went 1-for-10 from 3-point land again after the break.

Perhaps most disturbing for UH fans was Miami's 6-0 start of the second half, with two buckets coming off putbacks. Jawato's bomb was the only interruption in a 12-3 Hurricanes run that gave the guests a control of the game they never relinquished.

You can't get out-hustled and expect to beat a talented team on a six-game winning streak.

"I don't know," Standhardinger said. "They got a couple of offensive rebounds and then No. 1 got hot."

That was Durand Scott, who UH's scouting had identified as a slasher, not a shooter. By the time someone got a hand in his face, he'd hit four from beyond the arc in the second half alone to make the lead insurmountable.

Then there was the other Miami guard, Shane Larkin. He fills up a basketball stat sheet like his dad, Hall-of-Famer Barry Larkin, did a baseball box score.

"Once they got on that rhythm …," Arnold said. "It's a good team, a real good team."

East Tennessee State is not, and fortunately for the Rainbows that is who they play today.

Reach Dave Reardon at dreardon@staradvertiser.com or 529-4783.

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buds4life wrote:
Speed kills and that is what the Canes have and the Bows don't.. What should have been a tell was Larkin's drive to the basket against our best perimeter defender and Jefferson being left in the dust on the Cane's very first basket. The truth is the the Bows would have been blown out earlier if they got into their "running game".
on December 23,2012 | 02:28AM
frontman wrote:
East Tennessee State today, and fortunately for the Rainbows that is who they play today. Makes a big difference playing a 2 - 7 team that is D2 quality, Go Bow's. Who screwed up??? Years past, these are the guys UH played in the first round to make it a little easier to stay in the championship side of the bracket for at least 2 games.
on December 23,2012 | 03:56PM
allie wrote:
Reardon is right: This is a good indicator of what Gibby's team is really worth. Miami is not a top 40 team but they are a real team and Gibby prefers to avoid those teams for the kalani High School set.
on December 23,2012 | 08:06AM
cunfuzd4 wrote:
Albert/Alfred/Alex/Alle aka HIGH SCHOOL DROPOUT POSING AS A UH-COED. How interesting that someone that CLAIMS to be "not interested in athletics" can get so excited over UH basketball. But I guess it should come as no surprise since you also claim to be highly interested in "academics" but show a complete absense of any aptitude for academic pursuits. There is a BLATANT disconnect between what you say and your actions (Waha). Comon allie come out of the closet and admit to all here that you are a rabid UH basketball fan and have a secret crush on Vander Joaquin. Also, why is this thing about Kalani High School such an obsession with you? Is this the school that you dropped out from? Was it because you just QUIT or was it that you are not intelligent enough to complete your studies?
on December 23,2012 | 10:21AM
hon2255 wrote:
Allie stop using Kalani as a comparison, Pick on Kaimuki , Kalani Football under the Lee Bros, vastly improved, Soccer programs are excellent, and Girls BB won a state d2 title a few yrs back . Warriors a must WIN for today, show up and play up Warriors, not a good showing last night at all in front of Don Jay ! Tavita is not the answer at point guard, dribbles too much, doesnt get the offense into the flow quick enough and ball handling is terrible.
on December 23,2012 | 11:26AM
masteruke wrote:
tavita was more or less a third teamer at utah. he had one year left of eligibilty yet Gib gives him a free ride. Dont understand the rationale there. My opinion; Gib sucks as a head coach, but he is good at making angry faces and excuses for the team
on December 23,2012 | 12:49PM
cunfuzd4 wrote:
Evidently Allie feels that he was slighted by Kalani thus his hatred for Kalani as well as UH.
on December 23,2012 | 01:02PM
64hoo wrote:
read and learn allie miami is a few votes away from being a top 25 team if they when today or tuesday they will make the top 25 so don't open your mouth to make a comment if you don't know what your talking about.
on December 23,2012 | 07:37PM
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