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Touring UH Improves Hoops Record to 3-1

August 17, 2011, 8:58 AM HST
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By Fred Guzman

For Gib Arnold, the Hawaii basketball team’s current tour of Asia – with most of the travel and activity taking place in China – is providing the coach a sneak peek of his team for the coming season.

The Bows were able to hold formal pratices in anticipation of the 17-day trip.  UH improved its record to 3-1 against Chinese pro teams by rallying from an 18-point halftime deficit to edge Shenyang 72-71 yesterday.

A pair of newcomers to the program – forward Hauns Brereton and point guard Shaquille Stokes – have been two of UH’s most productive players on this trip and they delivered again on Tuestday.  Each scored 21 points to fuel Hawaii’s comebck.

Trailing 48-30 at the half, UH went on a 20-5 run to start the third quarter. They went ahead for good on a Joston Thomas three-point play near the start of the fourth period, but needed to weather several late storms to post the victory.

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Two days earlier, Stokes made soom key plays down the stretch after having sscored 29 poins and making four three-points in an 89-70 romp past Shenyang.  Sophomore forward Trevor Wiseman added 13 points and Thomas chipped in 10.

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One game remains for Hawaii, an exhibition against the Panasonic Trians of the Japan Basketball League in Osaka on Saturday.  Then, it’s back home for a week before the start of classes.  In other words:  No rest for the weary.

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