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A Dramatic Win

January 19th, 2010

Sunday night's win over San Jose was not for the fainthearted. After a back and forth contest for most of the game, the Bows seemingly had the game in hand until the normally sure handed Hiram Thompson turned the ball over twice in the last minute, literally handing the game to the Spartans who sent a 89  percent free throw shooter to the line with a one point lead and 8 seconds left. But he missed and Thompson drove the lengwof the court, got fouled and made both ends of a one and one to cement a one point UH victory.

San Jose came in here shooting 41 percent from beyond the arc. they left Sunday night having made 2 of 21 from three. Having said that, this is a solid Spartan team, and the outcome may well be different when the Bows travel there in a few weeks for the return game. Kudos to Brandon Adams who continues to play well. He was the hero Sunday night not only for his scoring and rebounding, but for his defense and HUSTLE

What's up withDwain Williams. It was announced he would not play Sunday because he was too distraught because of the death of his cousin. That in itself is a little hard to understand. But he wasn't even at the game, at least not on the Bench. That is beyond me since i understand he was in town. My guess. There is more to this. One of the papers printed he might be leaving town for the funeral. I wouldn't be surprised if his time on this team is coming to an end.

The two best teams in the WAC, at least record wise in the Conference, come into town this weekend. Hawaii is currently tied for 6th and will need every home win it can get based on how it has played so far this year on the road. Beating either New Mexico State or La Tech will be very difficult. The Aggies are 4-1 with close road wins at Boise and Idaho, so they can be beat. La Tech is 17-2  and undefeated in the WAC, but have to play at San Jose on Thurs before coming here for a Saturday game. I am still not a total believer in La Tech, and wont be surprised if they lose at San Jose, but if they win that one, watch out.

Jeff Portnoy is a member of the UH Board of Regents. The views expressed here are his and do not reflect those of the board.

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One Response to “A Dramatic Win”

  1. Glenn Miyashiro:

    I have not been keeping up with the Honolulu Advertiser Blogs, but I thought your blog seem interesting.

    I have not been keeping up with the University of Hawaii Men’s basketball team, since the days of Alika Smith and Anthony Carter. I would occasionally watch a game here and there, but not like the days of Alika Smith and Anthony Carter. From what I see, there is something very wrong with this year’s team. I can not put my finger on it; I don’t know if it’s a lack of talent, poor game planning, poor game management or the players just don’t care. Since you have been a part of the Men’s team for decades, I would like to get your take on the current situation of the Men’s team.


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