By Jason Tang - bio | email
HONOLULU (KHNL) - They are the defending boys division one State basketball champions, yet, the '09 campaign has been a rocky start for the Punahou Buffanblu. Not because they lack in talent though. It's because they have an abundance of it.
"It's been a real challenge to see who's going to be here week to week, day to to day," said head coach Dan Hale
Missing athletes have become something of the norm for Coach Hale and his Punahou basketball team. With the success of his players in other sports, the entire team has yet to participate together in practice this year.
"I just did a head count and we're down four guys, and there's more football recruiting and that going on, but there is an end to it at some point," said Hale.
Four games into their season the Buffanblu are 2-2, and the team admits they're struggling to find an identity.
"It's just been tough, we don't know who we have, whether we're big or small, we might be fast one game and not so another, so yeah, every game is kind of an obstacle for us," said senior forward Kainoa Gaddis.
Their next obstacle is on Tuesday, when Punahou tips off against Mid-Pacific Institute. a team that beat them 66-48 one year ago on Monday.
"Last year it was more of an embarrassment than a loss. We want to make sure on Tuesday that does not happen again, and we want to come out prepared and focused and not to take them lightly," said Gaddis.
Taking teams lightly a mistake they hope other teams will do against them. Despite their .500 record, the Buffanblu are confident they have what it takes to repeat.
"We lost two starters from last year, but we got good guys, and we're one of the most athletic teams, so we feel that we can win it," said junior point guard Matt Feldman.
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