critical win

February 1st, 2013
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UH's come from behind win last night was crtitical for their chances of finishing in the top half of the league. After being down by as much as 11 points with under ten minutes to play, Uh rallied to eak out a four point victory ( i might add i predicted a 4 point win weds night on Hoopstalk, but i never thought we would have to come from 11 down to win). UH outscored Riverside 19-5 in points off of turnovers and 16-4 in second chance points. UH outscored Riverside by 6 at the line overcoming Riverside's 10 threes ( a recurring problem for the Bows). But the Bows had a season low 8 turnovers. Once again, Standhardinger led the way with 23 points and 10 rebounds, but he got help from Spearman who had 15 points. Of some concern was Vander's mediocre effort as he had 10 points but only 2 rebounds. Tavita continued his ball handling improvement with 8 assists to only 2 turnovers.

The game tomorrow at Fullerton takes on some added intrigue as Fullerton lost by 10 at home to Northridge who didnt even have their best player. As i have been writing for weeks, Fullerton has been a major disappointment and seems to be unable to find itself. Thery will be favored and i think they will probably win, but give UH a real chance of an upset to win its third straight road game and place itself in the top three. I still think no one will catch Long Beach.

Thanks to all of you who commented on the debate question both on line and on the phone. It has generated lots of discussion. Its been an interesting season so far, and hawaii has 4 home and 4 away games left. With 11 wins against Div 1 teams, the team has a legitimate shot at 16-17 wins. The conferences poor RPI ( 19th), and the poor RPI and SOS of most of the Big West teams, including Hawaii, guarantees only one NCAA spot, and i doubt whther any of the lesser tournamnets will take any of the remaining teams, so UH right now is playing for seeding in the Big West Tournament with the chance to win the big prize.

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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6 Responses to “critical win”

  1. visitor:

    Another very average game for Vander. Seems like when it gets to crunch time, he's better out of the lineup. Watching him this season and last, makes one wonder what all the fuss is about him? He sure doesn't look special. Others on the team seem to be stepping up.

    Go Bows!


  2. lowtone123:

    It would seem that UH has a chance to take a reeling Fullerton squad and come home with some confidence and a chance to take down Long Beach on their home floor. BTW, in regard to Vander, he has played farther away from the basket this season which has limited his being double or triple teamed in the post but have also given him fewer opportunities to score. Also his lack of rebounds have resulted in teams out rebounding UH when it seems, on paper, would seem to have a big advantage there.


  3. rainbowbballer:

    Jeff,
    Concern over Vander play is Overconcern, Vander's output is okay, as long as we win, he still is the clutch player at the end of the game. Correct low post position and his foul shooting is a big plus. Main thing is Vander throwing the ball out if doubled or tripled team and he is high on the box, no turn over and good passing is a great asset of his. This team must win the BWC tournament and go to the dance otherwise stop talking about jumping ship to the MWC, and of story. Hey just thought of it What is Coach Arnold's opinion of moving NOW, to the MWC, would be a great story. It a win by nine points at Fullerton,
    Go Bows.


  4. tsboy:

    spellcheck. its eke, not eak.
    Vander needs to step up. if he doesn't score a lot of points, at least get a lot of rebounds. defense and rebounds will win a lot of games.


  5. K-Bay:

    BIG WINS! Three ROAD WINS & Counting...

    Wahine akso Knock Off CO-#2 On The Road,,,

    Havenʻt Seen So Much of this since the Days of Riley & Goo...


  6. Curtis:

    Doctor Basketball, A succesful road trip. UH trails Long Beach by 2.5 games. The 7 times 7 crew is on their way here. Thursday night be there or be squared. Aloha.