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Hawaii’s Twilight Ohana back in the works

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Thanks to a little creativity, Twilight Ohana is back in the works.

Hawaii men’s basketball coach Gib Arnold said the promotional hoops event will be held in the Stan Sheriff Center following the UH women’s volleyball match vs. San Jose State on Oct. 15. However, UH’s official position is that any festivities that night are still in the exploratory stages, according to associate athletic director Carl Clapp.

"We’re gonna make it happen. We just gotta work through a few things," Arnold said. "We’re looking at probably a 9:30 start after their (7 p.m.) game, which I think is great. We can all come to the volleyball game and then stay after. We’ll put something together. Nothing’s finalized, so that’s just kind of what we’re looking to do. We definitely want to do it in conjunction with Dave (Shoji) and his program."

A scheduling problem arose when the Western Athletic Conference volleyball slate was released and UH was dealt a home game that day — the same day as the official start of men’s and women’s basketball practices across the country.

With that likely solved, Arnold said UH is brainstorming activities for fans who stick around while the volleyball court is changed out for the hoops hardwood, which he estimated at about 45 minutes. Then the UH men’s and women’s teams would take the court.

"Hopefully the facilities (crews) are able to swing it," UH women’s coach Dana Takahara-Dias said. "We would be thrilled to participate in it along with the men."

Many D-I programs hold midnight-madness-type events for their first basketball practice to drum up support and excitement for the season. UH hasn’t held its version of it since 2007, in Bob Nash‘s first year as head coach.

A dour tone was set that year when forward Ji Xiang injured his knee during Twilight Ohana and missed the full season. Nash decided on regular practices instead for each of the last two seasons.

Past activities have included a scrimmage, a dunk contest, costume competitions and a 3-point shootout. Arnold didn’t want to disclose the activities he has planned, and added that "it’ll be light."

"Let’s just have some fun with the team, the guys, the students and the fans," he said. "We’re not going to have a 6-hour scrimmage or anything."

Flemings in Canary Isles

Roderick Flemings is still enjoying the island life.

The former Rainbow Warriors swingman has signed to play in Spain’s second-tier league for CB Canarias in the Canary Islands for the 2010-11 season.

The club is based in the city of La Laguna on the island of Tenerife, to the northwest of Africa. Flemings’ new club reached the semifinals of the 18-team LEB Oro league last season.

Flemings, who averaged 16.6 points per game over the past two years at UH, recently had a tryout with the Dallas Mavericks but didn’t stick to an NBA summer league roster. He chose to play in Europe over the NBA D-League.

His former UH teammate Petras Balocka signed with BC Lietuvos Rytas in Lithuania earlier this summer.

Albrechtson leaves team

Walk-on Beau Albrechtson has chosen to leave the UH basketball team.

Albrechtson, an all-state forward out of Kaimuki who helped the Bulldogs to the 2007 state championship, was a wing scout-teamer for three years under Bob Nash. Some of his most important contributions were on recruiting visits when he helped the team woo prospective players by introducing them to signature Hawaii pastimes such as paddling and surfing.

"Beau came into my office last week and said he was going to really concentrate on his schoolwork," Arnold said. "You gotta do what you gotta do, so he’s going to be a full-time student."

The two other walk-ons from last season, Leroy Lutu Jr. and Rykin Enos, both joined the UH football team.


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