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"We're going to have about three months before the season starts, and its an opportunity for us to make a big jump if we handle it right, and I expect us to," Rainbow Warrior basketball head coach Eran Ganot said. 

The University of Hawai'i Rainbow Warrior basketball team wrapped up its final exhibition game of its 2018 Australian tour with a loss against the NBL's Sydney Kings, 82-65 Friday at Abbotsleigh college.

UH trailed by three points with eight minutes left, but the Kings managed to pull away with a 12-0 run. UH finished its Australian tour with a 1-3 overall record. 'Bows head coach Eran Ganot said that it was good to experience different types of playing styles from the different schools UH played against.

"We've played some experienced front-court players today that could both shoot at least in their starting group," Ganot said. "They went from shooting bigs, who could pose to slashing, driving, rebounding and shot-blocking bigs.

Besides the Sydney Kings, UH versed the Brisbane Bullets, Melbourne Tigers and Centre of Excellence. UH's only win from the tour was during the game versus Centre of Excellence on Aug. 15.

Despite dropping its final exhibition game, Ganot was pleased with the tour and being able to play against a mix of professional, semi-pro and amateur basketball teams. He emphasized that even though the front court is young, the team has potential.

"Like I said from day one, just how much goes into it, the amount of sacrifices and investment people make to allow us to do this is really special," Ganot said. "Really appreciative by myself, our staff, our whole program. It created some lasting memories for these guys."

UH will return to Honolulu this weekend in preparation for fall camp in late September. The regular season opens on Nov. 9 versus Portland at Stan Sheriff Center.

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(Left to right) Senior forward Jack Purchase and Sydney Kings' forward Dane Pineau. Pineau's father Brad was a center for UH in the mid-1970s under then-coach Larry Little.

Quotes courtesy of UH Athletics