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February 15th, 2011

UH just about guaranteed its spot at the WAC Tournament with its exciting overtime win over Nevada last night. In giving its fans a Valentine gift to remember, the Bows hung tough against a team that had roughed them up in Reno on New Year's Eve.

If you are casting a ballot for WAC player of the week, look no farther than Vander Joaquim. Vander had 24 points and 9 rebounds, with many his baskets coming on short range jump shots. He  , along with Bill Amis, completely stymied the Nevada front-line.  Bill, by the way, had another double-double, and Miah took the game over down the stretch and made two huge runners in the lane to seal the deal.

With the win, Hawaii now has the second best season record in the WAC and stands in 6 th place in the conference. Quite an improvement for a team that hadn't won 14 games in 4 years and hasn't been to the tournament since 2008.

One down result from last night. Although i have not yet heard the official word, Coach Arnold on the post game told us that it appears that Hiram broke his arm late in the first half. If so, it will mean of a storied career for Hiram. In a career filled with injuries, he was a true warrior playing thru most of them as the only true point guard for two seasons. Although Miah has taken over most of those responsibilities lately, fans need to recognize how much Hiram has meant to this program.

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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  1. rainbowbballer:

    Jeff
    Yep, Vander for WAC player of the week. Just incredible, All night Vander caught the ball in the post, threw it back out and reestablished his postion and got the ball back. I think, the most incredible thing was that, "NO turn-overs"?? I hope Hiram is able to rehab for the post season run...WAC conference champions, is that too much of a dream. Johnson and Barnes, get on the roll and YES, Josten Thomas, the team needs you, Short jumper is your ticket. Go Rainbows!!
    Jeff, your show is Thursday, 6pm right!!


  2. jeffp:

    update. Hiram's arm is not broken, but could be serious ligament damage. Should know more later today. The show is Weds at 6 on 1420 espn.


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