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The Good, Bad & Ugly: 11.11.19

by Lance Tominaga

It was another eventful sports weekend, highlighted by LSU’s statement win over Alabama and Chevan Cordeiro’s big game against San Jose State. Here’s a brief wrap-up of what was good, what was bad and what was…well, pretty ugly.

THE GOOD: Let’s start with University of Hawaii redshirt freshman QB Chevan Cordeiro. His winning performance against San Jose State last Saturday went beyond the gaudy numbers (364 total yards, 5 TDs responsible for). Cordeiro made solid decisions and displayed great pocket awareness …. After going scoreless in the first half yesterday against South Dakota, Hawaii guard Eddie Stansberry exploded for 21 points in the second to lead the ’Bows to a near-victory over the Coyotes. That was reassuring for Rainbow Warrior fans; the team will need Stansberry to maintain his shooting touch if they’re going to have any success this season …. The 19th-ranked Rainbow Wahine volleyball team has now won nine straight matches and remains atop the Big West standings. The Rainbow Wahine have a bye this week.

THE BAD: Well, so much for Tua Tagovailoa’s Heisman hopes …. The UH football continues to struggle on the defensive side of the ball. In the last five outings, Rainbow Warrior opponents have averaged more than 45 points. Hawaii is currently dead last among Mountain West teams in scoring defense. At this point, the UH defense is like the Loch Ness Monster: One has to question whether it actually exists.

THE UGLY: I love Zigmars Raimo. I really do. His improvement from his freshman season to now has been nothing short of remarkable. But as his first-half performance last night against South Dakota demonstrated, Zig is the Elmer Fudd of Hawaii hoops: Diligent, determined and reliable – but he just can’t get the bunnies.

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