By Brian McInnis
Today's intra-squad scrimmage in the Stan Sheriff Center was a major opportunity for players to distinguish themselves and show the progress they've made to the coaching staff.
In two 20-minute halves, the Rainbow Warriors were scrutinized by referees for the first time this preseason. The Black squad benefited from a halftime trade for senior forward Bill Amis, who put in 28 points, including the game-winning tip-in at the buzzer for a 74-73 win over the White squad.
Look for more details on the exciting scrimmage in tomorrow's edition of the Star-Advertiser.
>> Freshman forward Trevor Wiseman was back in action after hurting his neck and missing practice the day before.
>> Sophomore forward Joston Thomas remained out from a rolled ankle suffered in yesterday's practice.
The UH women's hoops team also held a scrimmage with referees today.
Turnovers (35 in 40 minutes) were a concern for coach Dana Takahara-Dias against a group of male UH students known as "Da Braddahs." Ball control against fullcourt pressure — actually, make that ball control, period — was a problem, but the Wahine closed the second of two 20-minute sessions strong with a 9-4 run.
"We're excited to get in for a regulation game," Takahara-Dias said. "Obviously we have many things to work out, but I like our effort. I like the pride that we show. But there's so many things we have to work on, so we have to get going."
The first Wahine group was point guard Keisha Kanekoa, shooting guard Shawna Kuehu and a three-forward lineup of Breanna Arbuckle, Allie Patterson and Julita Bungaite.
Newcomer forward Carlotta Mingo impressed Takahara-Dias in the second group with her hustle and rebounding.
Senior shooting guard Megan Tinnin, a likely starter, was on leave this weekend for a family-related trip, while junior center Katie Wilson continues to rehab a shoulder injury that will keep her out for significant time.