Hawai’i Warriors Get Off to a 3-1 Start in Big West Play

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Despite some poor shooting performances on the offensive end, Eran Ganot and the Hawai’i Warriors sit at 3-1 in Big West play, thanks in large part to their defense. (Source: Hawai’i Luxury Magazine) (Header: Hawai’i Athletics)

HONOLULU — After opening with a record of 3-1 in Big West play, which will continue on Saturday against Chima Moneke and the UC Davis Aggies, the Hawai’i Warriors are sitting pretty in a tie for second in the conference standings.

Hawai’i has averaged an even 70 points per game over their four-game stretch, but have been playing some sub-par basketball despite the results on the scoreboard and their spot in the standings.

In their 57-45 win over the Cal Poly Mustangs, their second win over the stretch, the Warriors shot just 40.5% from the field, as well as shooting a dismal 33.3% from beyond the arc.

The Warriors not only lost the rebounding battle by 13 against the Long Beach State 49ers, but they also allowed the 49ers to shoot 63.3% from the field. Hawai’i committed a staggering 24 personal fouls, which resulted in players not playing their usual minutes and opened the doors for some new faces out on the floor.

The “Islanders” beat the Cal State Northridge Matadors, 65-46, but were held to less than 50% from the field and a lowly 25% from three point range for yet another sub-par shooting performance. They also committed 21 personal fouls.

Over the past four games, Hawai’i has only shot better than 70% from the charity stripe once, and they have committed an average of 13.3 turnovers per game.

Some positives that come from the team’s 3-1 conference stretch begins with their ability to pass the rock. They have finished with more assists in every game than their opponents, eclipsing their foes by a healthy +37 margin.

Their defense has improved as well, as Hawai’i has forced opposing teams to shoot 42.3% from the field, as well as just 21.9% from three point range.

Holding any opponent to below 22% shooting from three point range should be something to be proud of, and head coach Eran Ganot has his squad playing hard on the defensive end to make it happen.

With another conference game coming up against a tough UC Davis squad, who is tied with Hawai’i in the Big West at 3-1, everything is on the line for this Warriors squad as their journey through conference play continues.

– T. Zust