Rainbow Warrior Basketball Team Focuses on Winning in WAC Tournament

NEW MEXICO (KHNL) -- The Rainbow Warrior basketball team tips off the postseason Thursday in New Mexico at the Western Athletic Conference tournament.

The team's been in New Mexico since last Friday after being blown out by 35 points care of the Aggies.

And even though head coach Bob Nash feels optimistic about Hawaii's chances in the conference tourney, on paper it certainly looks like an uphill battle for the Bows.

The timing couldn't be worse.

The Rainbow Warriors in the midst of a season high six game losing streak entering Thursday's conference tournament.

"There's nothing we can really do about that, so we just put that behind us and concentrate what's in front of us, we know if we can win three games we can still keep our dream alive of going to the NCAA tournament," said Nash.

The 5th seeded Bows go up against 4th seeded Boise State in their first round matchup and UH is confident they can compete with the Broncos.

"We know we can play with this team, we just need to do it now for 40 minutes on the road in a neutral site, so if we stay focused, stay on task, we have a very good chance of being successful come Thursday night," Nash said.

Nash also says the Bows need to play as a team.

"When we break out of that mode and go into being more individualistic when we play, is when we get in trouble."

The Bows have advanced past the first round of the tournament only once in the past four tries, and if they want to bring home the crown, they'll need to rely on good old number two to keep the team together.

"The one guy that I think that holds the key for us in being successful is Matt Gibson. When he's in sync with the rest of the team in terms of running the offense and putting everyone where they need to be, then we have a very good chance of being successful," said Nash.

The Bows play the Broncos at 8 a.m. local time, you can see the game live on our sister station K5 the Home Team.

It will also be replayed at 7:00 that night.