By Brian McInnis
Gib Arnold and Hawaii beat the buzzer on Morningside (Calif.) High guard Gerry Blakes. Blakes got his paperwork completed today, on the final day of the fall signing period.
Arnold was anxious to get him on board in the early period because Blakes, an under-the-radar player after missing much of his junior season with an injury, could explode on the national scene during his upcoming senior season.
UH has one scholarship remaining to fill for the 2011-12 season. Arnold said the team would go with "best player available" in the spring.
Today the team did extensive press-breaker preparation for Friday's opponent, Central Arkansas. Forty minutes of fullcourt pressure is expected from UCA, which is led by new coach Corliss Williamson.
Point guard Hiram Thompson still couldn't believe his technical foul assessment against Central Michigan in the finale of the Rainbow Classic, but was happy his teammates — particularly freshman point guard Bobby Miles — stepped up in his stead.
He had to be taken out of the game at a critical moment in the second half. The technical foul doubles as a personal foul, and it was Thompson's fourth.
Shooting guard Zane Johnson, who had to be separated from CMU guard Trey Zeigler, didn't receive a technical. Neither did Zeigler; his teammate Jalin Thomas was assessed a T.
The officials discussed the matter while viewing video replay for several minutes. First the call was on Thompson, then Johnson, then Thompson again.
"I was trying to be the mediator, trying to break things up, I don't know if on tape I look like Zane or something," Thompson said. "That's the only thing I can think of. Things like that happen."
"I don't know (how it happened)," Johnson said. "I don't think Hiram said anything to anybody on the other team this whole year."
Ultimately, Thompson, who fouled out in the final minute, was just glad the team held on for a 65-62 victory.