HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A statement was made by the Rainbow Warrior basketball team Saturday night in their 80-60 win over UC Davis.
Coming off a heartbreaking loss to UC Irvine Wednesday night, Hawaii didn’t have much time to rebound from the loss. But when the Warriors needed a leader to emerge, head coach Eran Ganot turned to his sophomore point guard Drew Buggs.
“I think it’s impressive to ask me about a kid like that who’s a sophomore, who’s doing what he’s doing, at the most important position,” Ganot said after defeating the Aggies. “I think (I’m) proud, probably.”
Buggs notched a double-double with 12 points and 12 assists to go along with four rebounds and three steals. His 12 assists marked a new career-high.
“You’re at your best when your players have earned the right to take (the lead). Those are steps for Drew, to see him lead a huddle, to see him talk to guys in those lapses. Just really proud of him,” Ganot said. “He’s only doing this as a sophomore, but we’re going to keep pushing him because I think he’s got room to continue to grow. That’s the challenge and I think he’s up for it.”
Over the last 12 minutes of the game, Buggs took over control of the Warrior offense orchestrating pick-and-rolls with Zigmars Raimo to extend Hawaii’s lead.
“That was part of the game plan, to put them in ball screens and play off their tags,” Buggs said. “UC Davis, they like to play to shooters and stay home on shooters, so the roll guys are really open … Just credit to my teammates for having confidence in me and making shots when I pass them the ball. That’s my job, is to get people open shots.”