another frustrating loss
last night, the rainbows lost another game that was within its grasp. La Tech showed that it is not unbeatable, particularly when their all WAC pointguard Kyle Gibson has a poor shooting night, thanks, in some part, to solid defense by Rod Flemings. But even with only a handful of turnovers, poor outside shooting doomed the home team. Jeremy Lay shooting percentage is under 30 percent, yet he continues to fire up threes instead of attempting to take it hard to the hole, where at least he has a chance to go the line where he shoots 80 percent. And what can you say about Hiram Thompson. He is playing hurt, and wearing down, and there is no relief in site. Frankly, if the team had had Dwain Williams this week, the Rainbows might well have three wins, instead of two losses.
One bright spot continues to be the play of Brandon Adams. On both ends of the court, he is now the most improved and, in my opinion, the best player on the court right now. Flemings played well in spots, but Campbell, Balocka, and Mayen are struggling.
Now the 4 of the next 5 games are on the road. Next up is San Jose, who came off of the last second loss at Hawaii to beat both La Tech and New Mexico State. Besides Utah State, who now appear to me to be the best team in the WAC, the Spartans are playing great basketball. On the other end of the spectrum, Idaho and Boise look like the teams, along with Hawaii, that will battle to avoid not going to the tournament.
Hawaii is not going to win 18 games as Coach Nash predicted. They probably wont have a winning record. But let me make myself clear. This is a team that, for the most part, plays hard and competes as best it can with the limited talent it has after injuries and " absences". They never quit, and even with many of the team's goals now out of reach, i still expect them to play everygame down to the final whistle.