Why 'Bows Whyyyyy?

February 23rd, 2009
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It has definitely been a trying year for us Rainbow Men's Basketball fans this season. The team has shown flashes of brilliance and then lets us down with un-awe inspiring heart break. We've hit the lowest of lows and the highest of highs (ok, not really that high). Saturday night's 76-70 loss against non-conference UC Irvine - who was 9-17 coming into the game - was no different.

After what looked to be another disappointing loss, trailing by 20 points, the 'Bows made a charge in the second half and made things interesting, bringing it back to within 1 with less that 2 minutes remaining. Late in the game, Lasha Parghalava did the improbable and made a critical turnover... AGAIN, and, the Anteaters were able to preserve their lead, going on to win by 6, 76-70. *sigh*

Some bright spots were Kareem Nitoto's clutch shooting, and Bill Amis' and Roderick Flemings' never say die attitudes towards the end of the game.

Roderick Flemings clutch at the line down the stretch
Roderick Flemings clutch at the line down the stretch

My ideal starting 5:

C - Bill Amis - solid, good defense and rebounding, and can score.
PF - Brandon Adams - big body, hustles.
SF - Adhar Mayen - quick, underestimated shooter. I want to see him get more playing time. He deserves it.
SG - Roderick Flemings - no words necessary. He NEEDS to start. Aside from his offensive skills, he's probably the team's best/most aggressive rebounder right now.
PG - Kareem Nitoto - Was very anti-Nitoto last year, but this year, I'm a born again Nitoto fan. He has really developed his game and doesn't make very many mistakes anymore. Quick, good defense, good ball control and is starting to shoot the lights out!

Some of the others:

PF - Petras Balocka - when Adams needs a break, Balocka would be a decent replacement. His defense is suspect, and his attitude needs to be checked at the door, but he's a big body who can rebound and score inside.
C - Paul Campbell - I love his hustle and passion for the game, but he needs to work on cutting down his mental mistakes. He's good for replacement minutes at the 5 as he's a rebounding and blocking beast.
PG - Leroy Lutu - I'm becoming a fan of this guy. Very confident, smooth, and doesn't make very many mistakes. Doesn't act/play like a reserve player. Seems very comfortable out there. Would like to see what kind of offense he can produce.
PG - Hiram Thompson - Prior to the season, I was most excited about the prospect of this guy (other than Flemings). He's been making too many turnovers, trying to make fancy passes, that I've unfortunately soured on him this season.
SG - Lasha Parghalava - Probably one of their better three point threats, but his play in crunch time is one I'd rather not see/experience anymore. I'd play him early and not late.

Somewhat interested to see what Adam Jespersen, Conrad Fitzgerald (former team slam dunk champ) and Hawaii's own Beau Albrechtson (Kaimuki H.S.) would/could do with increased minutes.

Talk to me!
* What do you think of my starting 5?
* Disagree? Who's yours?
* What about my player notes? Right on or off base?
* What would you like to see happen next year?

P.S. For those who went to the game, did you enjoy the Oceanic bag giveaway? 8)

Have a good week y'all!

20 Responses to “Why 'Bows Whyyyyy?”

  1. tita leerz:

    First!


  2. tita leerz:

    moderation?! maybe i not first.
    ...me wondering out loud how come when i first the topic is about sports (like last week)...


  3. frankie:

    It's all about recruiting! I can't remember the last time UH recruited at least 2 studs in a class. =(


  4. hemajang:

    Your starting 5 is good-to-go. Garans you start Flemings and Amis but you have some options beyond that. Hiram Thompson can be a good point guard he has had problems with turnovers. We need some help, our talent and teamwork need one boost. Not sure how the scholarships are distributed but our freshmen class is weak and the future beyond next year doesn't look good. I haven't seen much of Albrechtson, Fitzgerald, Satterwhite, Jespersen or Xiang but Leroy Lutu might be good enough to contribute in the future and I think he is a walk-on. There was much talk about Ji Xiang but he got a long way to go...nice soft touch in warm-ups but looks intimidated in games.

    We should be better next year with no seniors (I think) but Nash need to bring in some decent talent ...preferably shooters. We are not a threat beyond mid-range.

    Went to the CS Irvine game but was too late for the Oceanic bag...did you save one for me? ...hey, I one loyal Oceanic RR, digital, dvr, etc. customer. btw, was that you and Mina tossing out those t-shirts? I was sitting in row 19 so no way your sister could reach me.


  5. kuya.d:

    My "low key" starting 5 -

    C - Jeff Mex - Gentle beast, intimidating looking, but a puppy inside.

    PF - Eric Bentkowski - Always wanted to play the boards so he could push the break.

    SF - Greg Tanaka - this soccer player had a motor that never stopped

    SG - Cori Olson - we loved to put in a female to stop the other team's best player, that always rattled the opposition.

    PG - Ed Sugz - run the point, aside from Mex, this team could blaze . . . Weren't you on this team with us?


  6. M:

    Too much miss free throws in the first half. We had a taller line up but we couldn't get the ball inside in the first half. At least it wasn't a blow out and it was very exciting in the second half down the stretch.


  7. kuya.d:

    Did you catch the academy awards? Anne Hathaway can sing . . . *sigh* - a guy can dream, right?


  8. che:

    Ed, I like your picks. I might switch Balocka for Adams but I like both guys because they're high energy. I do agree with giving Mayen more time. He has been the most consistent outside shooter this year. Thompson has been a disappointment. I don't think he can play defense and does turn it over too much sometimes by trying to be too fancy. The problem I had with Nitto early on was his decision makint but he's done a good job during the second half of the season.

    One more home game. They have no seniors this year. No senior night?


  9. NeedaHobby:

    I missed the game. It wasn't on K5, right? My only problem with Nitoto, from what I saw early in the season, is that he doesn't have too many assists. I'm not sure if he's improved? I haven't seen too many games lately. I do agree with you, in that he is a great defender though.

    Interesting ... no seniors? They have time for improvement then.


  10. MakiSushi:

    Hey WWE, I like your starting five, you are right on the money!

    This team is frustrating to watch; they not always on the same page at the same time. I no give up, Go-Bows!!

    Nice job of evaluating the team Ed! Sorry, I missed the Oceanic promotion, haven't been to a game in person for evahs. My bad.


  11. rayboyjr:

    I don't follow the team that well to even guess at who my starting five would be. But I have to say that in the time that I've watched the team over the past 2 seasons under Coach Nash, this team has talent but underperforms. Mental mistakes, turnovers, you name it :( ... and I have to say it's because of coaching. The jury is still out on Coach Nash and I'm hoping he can pull it together, if not in time for this year, at least for next season.


  12. Scott:

    Kuya.d-Anne Hathaway was the only high point (or 2) in Brokeback Mountain a few years ago. Thank God for the pause button!


  13. World Wide Ed:

    * tita leerz:
    moderation?! maybe i not first.
    ...me wondering out loud how come when i first the topic is about sports (like last week)...

    How come your stuffs went in for moderation... Weird...

    * frankie:
    It's all about recruiting! I can't remember the last time UH recruited at least 2 studs in a class. =(

    Savovic and Takaki no count? :P

    * hemajang:
    Went to the CS Irvine game but was too late for the Oceanic bag...did you save one for me? ...hey, I one loyal Oceanic RR, digital, dvr, etc. customer. btw, was that you and Mina tossing out those t-shirts? I was sitting in row 19 so no way your sister could reach me.

    Haha! Yeah hemmaz, if you like one, I get. How should I get it to you, our loyal customer. :) And yeah, that was us out dea. She was excited to launch the shirts for some reason. Haha!

    * kuya.d:
    PG - Ed Sugz - run the point, aside from Mex, this team could blaze . . . Weren't you on this team with us?

    Ahahaha! Yeah I was on there as a snotty-nosed freshman. LOL! We shoulda took it all esp with you as the enforcer! ;)

    * M:
    Too much miss free throws in the first half. We had a taller line up but we couldn't get the ball inside in the first half. At least it wasn't a blow out and it was very exciting in the second half down the stretch.

    True true, M! I do miss the undefeated-at-home days though... :(

    * kuya.d:
    Did you catch the academy awards? Anne Hathaway can sing . . . *sigh* - a guy can dream, right?

    Was watching a lil' bit of it with the fam over, but not really my bag. I liked when they kept showing Bradgelina when Jennifer Aniston was up on stage. Haha!

    * che:
    One more home game. They have no seniors this year. No senior night?

    Haha, good question che. Guess we can just rush outta dea after they lose. Nah, nah! They going win! Keep hope aliiiive!

    * NeedaHobby:
    My only problem with Nitoto, from what I saw early in the season, is that he doesn't have too many assists. I'm not sure if he's improved? I haven't seen too many games lately. I do agree with you, in that he is a great defender though.

    Yeah, he used to charge in the key and just throw things up, but now, he's more composed. I'm coming around again to rooting for him.

    * MakiSushi:
    Nice job of evaluating the team Ed! Sorry, I missed the Oceanic promotion, haven't been to a game in person for evahs. My bad.

    No worries... one day yeah Maks!? :)

    * rayboyjr:
    I don't follow the team that well to even guess at who my starting five would be. But I have to say that in the time that I've watched the team over the past 2 seasons under Coach Nash, this team has talent but underperforms. Mental mistakes, turnovers, you name it ... and I have to say it's because of coaching. The jury is still out on Coach Nash and I'm hoping he can pull it together, if not in time for this year, at least for next season.

    Hard to point fingers at the coach, but ultimately, that's who gets the blame when a team is doing not so hot yeah rbj? Has always been that way, good or bad... :(

    * Scott:
    Kuya.d-Anne Hathaway was the only high point (or 2) in Brokeback Mountain a few years ago. Thank God for the pause button!

    LOL!


  14. Paco:

    I haven't seen them too much lately, but from what I remember the offense seemed a little stagnant with Nitoto running the point. I like Thompson at 1 and move Flemings down to 3. I can't quite figure out the rotation Nash has since PT seems to vary greatly from game to game. Wasn't a big fan of Mayan last year but he seems to have picked up his game this year. I like Balocka and Campbell both off the bench and the energy they can bring. Agree parghalava is a 3-pt threat but plays out of control at times and just seems like a disaster at others. Looks like next year might be the payoff year if they can find a better PG and improve their long range shooting.


  15. Kel Sr.:

    Aloha Ed,

    Can we get another starting five from other colleges and universities?


  16. kuya.d:

    Ed, didn't your friend grant play on the team with us too? We had some potential on that team. I just remember playing like two minutes a half, and just trying to get erryone else in the game. Those were the days!


  17. kuya.d:

    BTW Ed, with boys high school state b-ball tourney this week, keep an eye out for the Kea'au Cougars. Soph swingman Richard Handy is the real deal.


  18. World Wide Ed:

    * Paco:
    Looks like next year might be the payoff year if they can find a better PG and improve their long range shooting.

    Good analysis Pacs! Ho, you stay good at Hawaii imagery AND Hawaii sports yeah? :P

    * Kel Sr.:
    Can we get another starting five from other colleges and universities?

    Hahaha! I wish Kel Sr.!

    * kuya.d:
    Ed, didn't your friend grant play on the team with us too? We had some potential on that team. I just remember playing like two minutes a half, and just trying to get erryone else in the game. Those were the days!

    Sho was fun yeah? One day again my friend!

    * kuya.d:
    BTW Ed, with boys high school state b-ball tourney this week, keep an eye out for the Kea'au Cougars. Soph swingman Richard Handy is the real deal.

    Will do dews!


  19. umami:

    It's been a frustrating season for UH men's basketball fans. Especially the last 2 games. This post might be kind of long.

    Here's my starting 5:

    [b]C - Paul Campbell[/b] - Good rebounder, blocker and putback baskets. Not a good shooter. Gets into foul trouble too easily.
    [b]PF - Bill Amis[/b] - can shoot, solid all-around game, works hard and hustles for the ball. Lately has been turning the ball over too much with bad passes.
    [b]SF - Roderick Flemings[/b] - needs to be in the game, makes players around him better, explosive, great all-around player. Strong rebounder, putback shots, decent mid-range jumper, but not a good 3-point shooter. Also needs to concentrate more on his free throws.
    [b]SG - Kareem Nitoto[/b] - great defender, not a great shooter, streaky. Since his move back to SG he has been playing better. Moves better without the ball and is able to see the court better at SG. Suspect dribbling and not able to run the offense as effectively as Thompson at the PG position. Actually looks for a shot as SG as opposed to never even considering one as PG.
    [b]PG - Hiram Thompson[/b] - Good court vision. True PG, can shoot if necessary. Runs our offense well, creating opportunities for others. Gets too fancy with his passes leading to turnovers.

    Off the bench:

    [b]Brandon Adams[/b] - is athletic, hustles, but seems to do less in his time in the game than Campbell. Decent shooter.
    [b]Petras Balocka[/b] - big body, nimble for size, decent hands, ok shooter. Defense is atrocious, seems lazy at times. Has to be able to control his temper and play under control.
    [b]Adhar Mayen[/b] - good shooter, long arms. Not too good at dribbling, good lift off the bench, as can score points. Needs to look to shoot more when open.
    [b]Lasha Parghalava[/b] - streaky shooter. turns over the ball too much, sometimes can play defense, but most times will not. Cost us too many turnovers. I would put him in if we needed points fast, but is a liability off the bench when we have the lead.
    [b]Leroy Lutu[/b] - seems to play with some poise. can shoot, but is young and still seems to not be used to the college level of play. defensively doesn't keep spacing well and let's his man get by him too often. would like to see him in the game more often to give him minutes and experience. should be a good player down the line for UH.

    The rest of the players in the limited time that they have played, do not look like they are ready to contribute. Hopefully next year they will have improved. The guards are still young, I mean really, Nitoto is a true sophomore, Thompson is a true sophomore playing ball for the first time in 2 years, and Lutu is a true freshman. They will make mistakes and continue to mature. Since there are no seniors the team should be intact next year and more comfortable playing with each other. However, since there are no seniors, we are unable to recruit anyone as there are no scholarships to give out. Unless someone can somehow step up and become a consistent 3-point threat however, I don't see how UH can compete for a WAC title. They should finish in the middle of the pack in the WAC next year.


  20. World Wide Ed:

    Good breakdown umami. You pretty much speak what I think too. Great minds think alike? :P