By Brian McInnis
If anyone was hoping for a concentrated dose of projected Hawaii walk-ons Tyler Harville or Zach Buscher on Saturday, they had to walk out of the Manoa Valley District Park gym with some disappointment.
Both players scored just two points off the bench (Harville for Grantco Pacific in a 108-103 win over Wealth Strategy Partners and Buscher for Chosen Few in an 89-71 win over Clark Hatch Fitness) , and they never really impacted their games on a night most notable for its chippy play.
Two former UH players dominated their games with 37-point nights, those being Bill Amis of Chosen Few and Christian Standhardinger of Grantco. Standhardinger is averaging 40 points in three games.
The diminutive Harville was clearly anxious to make something happen when he checked in for Alan Silva's Grantco team, firing up three quick, errant 3s in the first half before getting pulled. He did connect on an aggressive driving layup through the middle of the paint. He finished 0-for-4 from deep, but he had a couple nice passes for assists.
The wiry Buscher was fouled on a 3-point attempt and made two out of three at the line. He gives up a lot of bulk to opponents. That's something that will likely be a work in progress for him his whole freshman year. In the meantime, he'll have to make the most of limited opportunities on an experienced Chosen squad.
By the next night of games on Thursday, Isaac Fleming, Brocke Stepteau and Michael Thomas should be in action. That should be it as far as the remaining UH players who will see action in summer league; Roderick Bobbitt will be here but is still rehabbing his broken arm and Sammis Reyes is still trying to figure out a way to get cleared by the NCAA and make it out to the islands.
Sounds like Wealth Strategy's Julian Sensley will be out the rest of summer league. He had his knee scoped recently and on Saturday didn't sound like he was in a rush to get back in action while he roamed the gym on crutches.
That's unfortunate, as Sensley has been a summer league staple and was going to be key in Wealth Strategy's title defense.