The Bows hit the road for their third road trip today as they take on Cal Poly on Thursday and Santa Barbara on Saturday. The first two trips led to three losses, two in Conference, although the Conference losses essenttially came down to last second turnovers and single possession losses.
The home trip that just ended had Hawaii beating a cold shooting Pacific team ( 3-26 from "3"0), and losing to a hot shooting Davis team that made 14 threes in the first half. Davis guard Corey Hawkins put on a clinic, scoring 40 points, including 12 straight free throws in the final three minutes. Hawaii was slow defensively in the first half, failing to get out to the corners to defend wide open threes and then allowing Davis to in- bound the ball to Hawkins after each Hawaii made basket down the stretch leading to those free throw attempts. The Bows fell behind by as many as 17, and despite a mini-run could get no closer than 7.
The musical chairs in the back court continues as Gib tries to find the right combination. Clair got a few minutes, Ozzie started, but Tavita , in my mind, is the best option, at least in the half court. Now if only he would shoot and could make free throws ( although we havent seen him at crunch time very much lately). The front court continues to be the strength of this team.
Cal Poly and Santa Barbara have two things in common. They are both 3-3 in the Conference and both play MUCH better at home. Cal Poly is 5-1 at home and 2-8 on the road, Santa Barbara is 5-2 at home and 2-8 on the road. Hawaii needs to steal a few road wins as it appears Long Beach has an early lead on the rest of the field, not only with a 2 game lead, but because three of its 6 league wins have come on the road. With its next four games away from home, Hawaii needs to win at least two to have a chance at a regular season championship.