JoVon McClanahan did not have the good scoring efficiency Sunday that he had within the earlier two video games of the Hawaiian Airways Diamond Head Vintage, however the College of Hawaii guard delivered when it mattered.
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McClanahan took Samuta Avea’s inbounds move and dribbled the basketball up the court docket on the Stan Sheriff Middle 5 occasions earlier than creating a 3-point shot with 0.9 seconds last, main the Rainbow Warrior basketball group previous SMU 58-57 for this system’s first Diamond Head Vintage. name because the match was once created in 2009.
“I am so beaten at the moment, I am simply looking to come to phrases with it,” mentioned McClanahan, who was once named the match’s Maximum Precious Participant. “It was once a loopy play, a loopy recreation, a loopy match… I am satisfied to have proven that we are not simply right here to wait the Diamond Head Vintage. We had been right here to win it and I am satisfied we confirmed that we will be able to pull it off and be examined in combat.”
At the shot, McClanahan was once fouled by way of SMU’s Jalen Smith, growing a possibility for a 4-point play. McClanahan ignored the unfastened throw and gave SMU 0.6 seconds to release their very own shot, however SMU guard Zhuric Phelps’s pull over the buzzer was once unsuccessful.
UH assistant trainer Brad Davidson, who coordinates the Rainbow Warriors’ offense, mentioned the design of the play was once for McClanahan to dribble the ball up the court docket and provides Noel Coleman a possibility to shoot. If Coleman could not get open in time, it was once McClanahan’s shot.
“There have been 5 seconds left, so that you generally get 3 dribbles and a move… I informed (McClanahan), ‘if you happen to move in in your 1/3 dribble, you wouldn’t have a move. It is all yours,’” Davidson mentioned. “He was once like, ‘I’ll play this.’ He known as it.
“I informed (affiliate head trainer John 1st viscount montgomery of alamein), ‘I’ll play them at the moment,’” McClanahan mentioned.
McClanahan scored simply 5 issues in Sunday’s recreation after scoring 17 issues in opposition to Pepperdine on Thursday and 16 in opposition to Washington State on Friday. However the 5-foot-10 guard proved important for UH, highlighted by way of a last-minute shot clock violation in opposition to SMU that was once compelled most commonly by way of McClanahan.
“It is a man who is simply as just right a competitor as I’m,” UH trainer Eran Ganot mentioned of McClanahan. “He is a bulldog, he is smartly revered and he merits the whole thing that comes his manner.”
SMU had more than one possibilities to near out the sport as UH dedicated more than one turnovers within the ultimate minute, however Phelps and Samuell Williamson ignored the entrance ends in their 1 and 1 unfastened throw makes an attempt to go away the door open for UH.
“There was once simply one thing about the ones performs that did not trouble us in any respect,” McClanahan mentioned. “I in my view felt some power within the area that one thing large was once going to occur.”
UH trailed by way of up to 12 issues in the second one part and trailed by way of 9 issues after an abysmal first part wherein they shot 6-of-24 from the ground. The duration introduced by way of SMU avid gamers on protection performed an element within the deficient taking pictures efficiency, with two of UH’s starters in Coleman and ahead Bernardo da Silva sitting at the bench for far of the duration with foul hassle. .
McClanahan was once additionally in foul hassle at one level, main rookie guard Kody Williams to play 12 mins within the first part, the place he recorded two steals. UH additionally were given a robust bench recreation from middle Mor Seck and guard Beon Riley, who mixed for 22 bench issues for the Rainbow Warriors.
The momentum perceived to shift for UH when Mor Seck dunked and made a unfastened throw to transform a 3-point play, with an 8-0 run capped by way of a Hepa 3 that put UH forward 16-14. Hepa’s 3 was once the final basket hit of the part for UH, and SMU made seven of its final 8 pictures of the part to take a 31-22 lead going into halftime.
Phelps led SMU in scoring with 20 issues and was once named to the All-Event group together with UH’s Coleman. SMU guard Zach Nutall added 15 extra for the Mustangs.
Hawai’i opens the Large West convention recreation on Thursday in opposition to UC Davis on the Stan Sheriff Middle at 7 pm HST.
Utah State 82, Washington State 73
Within the match’s third-place recreation, six Utah State avid gamers scored 10 or extra issues within the Aggies’ win over Washington State. Steven Ashworth, who scored 12 issues for Utah State (11-2), was once named to the All-Event group.
Mouhamed Gueye led Washington State with 22 issues and TJ Bamba added 19.
Iona 76, Pepper 66
Nelly Junior Joseph scored a team-high 20 issues for Iona (9-4) within the fifth-place recreation and was once named to the All-Event group for his efficiency throughout the match.
Maxwell Lewis scored a game-high 23 issues for Pepperdine (7-7).
Seattle U 85, George Washington 67
Cameron Tyson scored a game-high 20 issues for Seattle U (9-4) in 7th position within the match on Sunday. The Redhawks outscored George Washington (6-7) 41-24 within the first part and led by way of as many as 23 issues.
Brendan Adams scored a team-high 19 issues for George Washington.