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UH men’s basketball team to face Hilo in exhibition

HONOLULU — The new-look University of Hawai‘i Rainbow Warrior men’s basketball team will make its season debut with an exhibition game versus UH-Hilo at 5:05 p.m. tomorrow at the Stan Sheriff Center.

The men’s basketball squad, led by second-year head coach Bob Nash, returns five letterwinners this year and just one starter, junior forward Bill Amis.

For the first time in recent history, the Rainbow Warriors lack a single senior on the roster. More than half the squad is made up of underclassmen. This year’s roster includes seven juniors, two sophomores, four redshirt freshmen, and two true freshmen.

Meanwhile, six new players join the Rainbow Warriors, including junior college transfers Brandon Adams, Petras Balocka and Lasha Parghalava; first-team junior college All-American Roderick Flemings; and freshman Adam Jespersen.

The men’s basketball team will play 20 regular-season home games, its most in 30 years.

The Rainbow Warriors will play a second exhibition game on Friday, Nov. 7 versus Chaminade, before opening the regular season versus San Francisco on Nov. 14 in the Verizon Wireless Tip-Off Classic.

Both the men’s and women’s teams will be available for autographs following the game.

∫ Tip-Off Notes

When: Sunday, Nov. 2; 5:05 p.m.

Where: Stan Sheriff Center (10,300)

Honolulu, Hawai’i

Television: None

Radio: None

Live Stats: Live stats available on HawaiiAthletics.com

Coaches: UH head coach Bob Nash is in his second season (11-19). UH-Hilo head coach Jeff Law enters his 11th season (150-114) with the Vulcans.

Ticket Prices: All seats general admission. $10 (Adult), $5 (Senior Citizen), $5 (students, 4-18). UH Students (system-wide) Free. Parking $3.

Promotion: The UH men’s and women’s basketball teams will be available for autographs and photographs with fans, following the game. Free team posters and schedule cards will be distributed during the post-game festivities, when fans will have the chance to win free tickets to upcoming games and other special prizes.

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