HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Rainbow Warriors look to be in mid-season form.
In front of an electric crowd at the Stan Sheriff Center, the Warriors got ahead in the second half and never looked back, dominating the 49ers down the stretch in a 74-57 win to improve their home record to 11-3 on the season.
It was a big night for senior point guard Brocke Stepteau who despite recent struggles, bounced back to have a big game, pouring in 16 points with five assists and zero turnovers.
Stepteau believed that his big night was due to trusting in his teammates and limiting turnovers.
“When we don’t turn the ball over we’re hard to guard," Stepteau said. “There’s so many guys that can get into the lane and can shoot, my teammates just told me keep playing and I can get back into rhythm so I’m happy I was able to do that."
The guard play for the 'Bows was at a high level as both Stepteau and sophomore Drew Buggs contributed offensively in assists and points.
The balance in guard play kept the Long Beach defense off balance all night.
The victory was especially special for Buggs who grew up playing basketball in the Long Beach area and relished getting the win over his hometown.
“Every game is going to be a battle,” Buggs said. “But every-time I go out and get a win against the hometown it’s always sweet."
Head coach Eran Ganot is pleased with the team’s response following an emotional defeat to Big West Conference leader UC Irvine last week.
Ganot believes that the team is motivated and is beginning to hit their stride at the perfect time.
“We are in a good rhythm,” said Ganot. “We’re mixing lineups based off the way that teams are defending but we have a great flow.”
The Warriors have now won back to back games by double digits, the next test for the 'Bows comes Saturday night against UC Santa Barbara at 8:00 p.m.