HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Tomorrow night's game against UC Riverside is a must-win for the Rainbow Warrior basketball team. Not just because the team would be 4-4 in Big West Conference play with a loss, but because the team is in desperate need of a moral boost.
"It's time to reflect, for sure. The vibe is kind of quiet as it is when you lose," said guard Brocke Stepteau. Especially when you lose a couple in a row. I think guys are ready to get back in the gym and turn it around. It's not the end for us."
While the end of the season is still far away on the schedule, another Hawaii loss tomorrow night against UC Riverside at home would be the fourth loss in a row for head coach Eran Ganot's squad.
"I think we got to continue to get better in terms of handling adversity in the situations when it hits you in the mouth in a game," Ganot said.
Ganot added that his team is much better when they have a chance to reflect on a loss or when they hit a bump in the road. Understanding why they're losing is essential to snapping this losing streak.
And in their recent losses to Cal State Fullerton, UC Santa Barbara and Cal Poly, the reasons for losing are quite simple.
"Our defense didn't help us out, and our offense wasn't good," Stepteau said simply. "Most of it was just us not having each other's back, and that's just something that we got to work on. We didn't have each other's backs which led to open shots for them and they were at home, so they were comfortable and knocked them down."
The Warriors will look to get back to their winning ways Wednesday night at the Stan Sheriff Center against UC Riverside. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. HT.