The East Washington men’s basketball continued in Honolulu, Hawaii at the Outrigger Rainbow Classic. On Sunday night (November 13), Eastern played host school Hawaii, but lost the game 71-51. The Eagles are now down 0-3 on the season while Hawaii improved to 2-0.
“One of the bright spots in this game is improving our rebound. Now we have to figure out how to move the ball, take shots and play together,” said the head coach David Riley said. “The guys need to figure out where their teammates are best and we’re not there yet. Hawaii are a good team and they took away our three-point shots. We need to build on our bright spots while minimizing what we’re not doing well. “
Hawaii scored 20 points from 16 Eastern turnovers. The Eagles forced eight turnovers and scored just five points on those chances.
Angelo Allegri and Cedric Feigling Each scored 10 points in the game, with Coward adding seven rebounds. Deon Stroud scored nine points in 4-of-9 shooting (44.5%) for the game.
Hawaii took the initiative in the first half with a 9-0 lead in the first three minutes. A pair of free throws out Angelo Allegri finished the run and gave Eastern its first points. The Rainbow Warriors continued to score good goals and extended their lead to 11 in the first half with 21:10. A pair of three hands off Ty Harper and Cedric Feigling would put the Eagles back in the game. Casey Jones would hit the ball home to reduce the lead to an 18-21 possession game. Hawaii countered with two made threes and extended their lead again.
At halftime, Eastern would trail 33-23 after shooting 7 of 22 (31.8%) off the floor in the first half. Hawaii shot 11 of 28 (39.3%) to maintain the lead.
Early in the second half, the Rainbow Warriors maintained their advantage and kept Eastern at bay. The Eagles threw the ball around to try to put Hawaii ahead. The shots came for Eastern, but Hawaii continued to score to keep the lead in double digits. The Rainbow Warriors held their lead until the end of the game, winning 71-51.
Eastern would shoot 38.8 percent in the game and 2-of-11 (18.2%) from three-point range. Hawaii would carry a 44.6 percent mark off the floor, which is 9 out of 23 (39.1%) out of three.
Eastern’s bench beat Hawaii’s 25-15. Cedric Feigling made the biggest contribution for the Eagles, shooting 3 of 6 (50%) from the floor and 3 of 4 (75%) from the free throw line. Coward set a new career high with 10 points.
In the game, Eastern had a 37-to-27 advantage in rebounds. The Eagles also had 10 offensive rebounds to Hawaii’s six. However, the Rainbow Warriors scored 10 points on second chance opportunities while Eastern scored eight.
The Eagles have had three players with six rebounds since Ethan Price, Deon Stroud and Casey Jones all were productive in pain.
Eight different Eagles scored at least three points in the game.
The Rainbow Warriors had four players in double figures, led by Kamaka Hepa’s game-high 17 points.
Eastern Washington will wrap up its time in the Outrigger Rainbow Classic tomorrow with its final game against Mississippi Valley State at 6:30 p.m. Pacific Time.