UH-Hilo Men’s Hoops to Face Manoa in November
The University of Hawai`i at Hilo men’s basketball team will get to play its big brother in a game that counts.
A source tells Big Island Now that that UH-Hilo and the University of Hawai`i are finalizing plans to play on Tuesday, Nov. 19 at the Stan Sheriff Center on the Manoa campus. The meeting would be a regular season game for the Rainbow Warriors, but would not count against the Vulcans’ record.
When UH released its basketball schedule to the public in early July, the Vulcans were not listed on the schedule. UHH head coach GE Coleman said at the time, however, that he was working with Manoa on scheduling an exhibition game between the schools.
Late scheduling issues have forced Manoa to change its schedule around. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser first reported last week that that Hawai`i was no longer playing Washington State on Dec. 13. Instead, the Rainbow Warriors were working on an agreement to play in the Gulf Coast Showcase from Nov. 24-26.
In order to make the scheduling change, Hawai`i has to move its Nov. 26 game against another Division II foe, Hawai`i Pacific University. It is not known if the two teams will still meet this season.
Another Division II opponent, Chaminade, is also on Hawai`i’s schedule. The two teams will meet at the Neal Blaisdell Arena on Dec. 19.
Last season, Hawai`i defeated UH-Hilo 114-63 at the Stan Sheriff Center. The game counted for the Rainbow Warriors, but did not go against the Vulcans’ record.