HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - For the second time in a week, the Rainbow Warrior basketball team will play against Long Beach State.
But while the ‘Bows comfortably defeated the 49ers 74-57 on January 31st at home, Hawaii is heading to The Pyramid on the west coast, where the Warriors are 1-10 all-time.
More so than just Hawaii’s losing record in Long Beach, the team is also coming off its worst loss of the season after UC Santa Barbara blew out the ‘Bows, 75-54.
“(We’re) trying not to think about it as much, but we remember our last game and how we lost. And we’re not happy about it all,” said sophomore Samuta Avea guard. “Going into a Long Beach game that we haven’t done well in the past at The Pyramid so we’re ready to change that.”
After the loss, the players and head coach Eran Ganot expressed their frustrations with lack of effort and physicality, two things that the Warriors pride themselves on game in, game out.
“I think our guys are pretty professional and sometimes you might not have things go your way ...sometimes it just doesn’t happen for you,” Ganot said. “We’ve talked about the Irvine loss, we felt good about the team’s direction we just struggled to finish that game but Santa Barbara was our worst loss of the year and we weren’t really clicking in all areas.”
Now a few days removed from the UC Santa Barbara game, Avea and his teammates want nothing more than to come out strong against the 49ers.
“It's definitely fired us up,” he said. “We had a really intense practice yesterday and it’s a really hungry group right now.”
Hawaii takes on Long Beach State Thursday, February 7th. Tip-off is set for 5 p.m. HT.