HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Rainbow Warriors basketball team departed from the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport on Wednesday, set to face UC Davis in their two-game regular season finale this weekend.
After a week two COVID-19 cancellation, the ‘Bows have played a total of 16 games in the span of eight-straight weeks, with most games coming down to the final seconds and even overtime, a feat head coach Eran Ganot says is something special that Hawaii has over any other team.
“It’s something you chip away at, you have experienced guys and younger guys learn from that experience, this year we’re kind of going through it at the same time.” Coach Ganot told reporters. “I think it’s been great for us to have to play so many close games, as much stress as it could cause, at the end of the day, shoot, it’s what you live for, so it’s making comebacks and playing with a lead, you’ve got handle success handle failure and this teams been pretty resilient in fighting back.”
Looking ahead, the weekend’s series has a lot on the line for UH in terms of seeding for the Big West Tournament, currently UC Davis is the third seed in the conference, an exciting opportunity for captain Justin Webster and his teammates to knock off a top contender.
“It’s something as a team we look forward to, coach Ganot always saysthat the more we win, the more meaningful these games become.” Webster said. “So we look forward to these games and we look forward to this challenge, I can’t wait for us to go out there and put it all on the line.”
Despite the rule change of every Big West team eligible for the tournament, Webster says that this is a must-win series, ahead of the big dance.
“These two games are very huge for us and very big.” Webster said. “It’s two must-win games, I don’t want to split these two games, I want to win these two games as far as seeding goes, so we have to go in with the mindset of kill and be ready to play, when we get on that flight on Wednesday theres going to be one thing on my mind, it’s going to be putting this team away and prepare for that tournament, so we’ll be ready.”
The ‘Bows and Aggies do battle on Friday and Saturday — both games tip off at 2:00 p.m. Hawaii time, streaming on Big West TV.