'Bows Prepare for Senior Night

KHNL (MANOA)-- After a disheartening loss to Idaho last night, the Rainbow Warrior basketball team looks to bounce back tomorrow, and it won't be easy. Hawaii takes on the conference's top team in Boise State, the last time the 'Bows played the Broncos, UH got bucked 95-80. However, perhaps the most important part of the game is the seven seniors who will step on the court for the last time in front of the hometown fans.

"I'm getting misty right now thinking about it, but it's gonna be fun, and it's gonna be our last one so we want to make it our best," said Bobby Nash.

For having pretty much grown up inside the Stan Sheriff Center, it'll probably be a little strange for Nash, along with six of his Rainbow Warrior teammates, to walk onto the court for the final time in a UH uniform.

"This came by fast, both my two years and especially this last season, but the time has come and that's fine, and I definitely want to go out with a win and it'd be a huge win against Boise," said Riley Luettgerodt.

Saturday's game is so big for the players, it tops the wish list of senior guard Jared Dillinger.

"Beat Boise by 20, go into the WAC tournament, sweep three, then go to the big dance," rattled off Dillinger.

First year head coach Bob Nash will lose 80 perecent of this year's starting lineup to graduation soon, but according to the big guy, basketball players isn't all he's losing.

"I'm gonna miss all seven of those guys next year because we gotta replace them, we lose a lot of experience, but more importantly we lose a lot of great people," said Nash.

One of those guys, of course, is the coach's son. And the younger Nash is keeping everything in perspective.

"Hawaii's been so good to me and my family and I know the rest of the guys feel the same way, and it's just a closing of a very good era and a beginning of a new one."