It took the University of Hawai‘i men’s basketball team just four games to put up its first Ka Leo Player of the week, with senior forward Eddie Stansberry taking the honor.
Stansberry opened the season at a slower clip than he was used to, putting up just 5 points through the first three periods of the Outrigger Resorts Rainbow Classic. However, in the second half against South Dakota, he showed flashes of what was to come, catching fire from three to finish with 21 second half points. His strong performance spilled over into the new week. In the final game of the Outrigger Resorts Rainbow Classic, Stansberry finally started and finished a game strong with a 26 point performance against Pacific.
Stansberry’s scorching three-point stroke didn’t end with the Classic. Against Portland State on Friday night, he knocked down the first six triples he attempted, en route to a career-high 28 points. Stansberry best performance of the season led the way for a ‘Bows lineup that shot for a season best 51% from the field, including 55% from behind the three-point line.
Aaaaaaand 1️⃣! 3 point play Eddie Stansberry pic.twitter.com/VYTJoBql5W— HAWAII BASKETBALL (@HawaiiMBB) November 16, 2019
The team will look to Stansberry for his scoring output as Hawai‘i takes on its toughest challenge of the young season with a road showdown with the Illinois Fighting Illini in Champaign, Illinois.
Cole McDonald (Football)
A week after being benched in favor redshirt freshman Chevan Cordeiro, McDonald proved that he was still ready and waiting to retake the field. Head coach Nick Rolovich maintained after the game and throughout the week that the team had two starting-caliber quarterbacks on its roster. McDonald proved him right, stepping off the sideline to lead the ‘Bows to a crucial 21-7 win over UNLV. He made his presence felt on the ground, crashing into the end zone twice for the only two offensive scores for Hawai‘i. He also picked up 211 yards through the air, good enough to put him over the 3,000-yard mark for the second straight season. He joins Timmy Chang and Colt Brennan as the only ‘Bows quarterbacks to throw for 3,000 yards in two or more seasons.
Cortez Davis & Paul Scott (Football)
The oft-criticized defensive unit was instrumental in the win, controlling the game while the offensive unit struggled. Junior defensive back Cortez Davis picked up his first career UH interception, returning the ball 43 yards for a second quarter touchdown that gave Hawai‘i its first lead of the game. Davis wasn’t the only ‘Bows defender to pop his interception cherry. Redshirt sophomore linebacker Paul Scott made his first career pick with a clutch fourth quarter goal line interception to keep the lead at two scores. Hawai‘i went on to win 21-7 over the Rebels.
Zigmars Raimo (Men’s Basketball)
The senior from Latvia made a strong case for player of the game against Pacific. The forward tied a season high with 10 points, his second double digit performance of the young season. But he made his mark in areas that couldn’t be easily measured by stats. After some early foul trouble, the ‘Bows were forced to employ a small-ball lineup. Raimo picked up the slack, manning the 5. Despite playing out of position for most of the game, he dominated the board, racking up 14 rebounds to give him a double-double. He also picked up 7 assists, falling just three shy of his first career triple-double.