HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Rainbow Warrior basketball team is back home in the Rainbow dome this week for a two-game set. That's coming off an 0-2 road swing to start conference play.
On the back half of that swing, the 'Bows lost at Nevada, 86-69. In that game, Rainbow newcomer Vander Joaquim had his best performance in a Hawaii uniform.
The 6-foot-10 sophomore from Angola, went double-double, with 22 and 13.
So far, he's made a name for himself on the defensive end, but as the season rolls on, he says he's getting more comfortable on the offensive end, especially when it comes to scoring in the paint.
"Yeah, I'm kind of feeling it in my game," Joaquim said. "I'm just getting better every day. I've been working on my jump hook all summer, and I worked on that in preseason too with the coaches. I'm very comfortable down there, scoring the ball."
Joaquim's coaches and teammates also like the fact that he's being more assertive. They say having a presence in the paint opens up the outside for Hawaii's shooters.
According to Joaquim, when teams cheat out to stop the 3, he tries to makes them pay when they opt-not to double team him.
"The last game, the ball just came to me," Joaquim said. "I was just in the post 1-on-1, they didn't double me. I don't know, they weren't thinking, I don't know what it is."
"You know if they guard him 1-on-1, he can play," said teammate Zane Johnson, "but if they come down and double team him, someone's going to be open and they are going to have to start scrambling and rotating defensively. That should open up shots for me and Bo (Barnes) and Hiram (Thompson)."
Coming up Thursday night, it's a Rainbow Hoops double dip.
At 5, the Rainbow Wahine open their WAC season against the Lady Aggies of New Mexico State.
Then at 7:30, the Rainbow men hit the Stan Sheriff court to run with the Idaho Vandals.
Keep in mind, if you attend the women's game and want to stay for the men's game, you will need to purchase a ticket for that second game.
We'll have both games for you live on K5 The Home Team.
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