Cham­i­nade to face UH War­riors at Sher­iff Cen­ter af­ter long ab­sence

MidWeek Islander (East Oahu) - - FRONT PAGE - By JACK DANILEWICZ

The bas­ket­ball buzz on the Cham­i­nade cam­pus was heavy last month when a Dec. 9 date game with Uni­ver­sity of Hawaii was con­firmed.

UH ap­proached CUH about the game, ac­cord­ing to Cham­i­nade coach Matt Ma­har, and K5 will tele­vise it to a statewide au­di­ence.

“We’re for­tu­nate Coach Nash gave us this op­por­tu­nity,” Ma­har said. “I think he wants to reach out to the other Hawaii schools and give them a chance, and it’s good for bas­ket­ball. We played a good ex­hi­bi­tion against them last year, and it worked out for both. What played to our fa­vor was that they al­ready had BYUH and Hilo sched­uled for ex­hi­bi­tions, and you can only have two. They learned they could add one more and, rather than pay an­other school a lot of money to come here, they just said let’s get CUH. They called me in Au­gust to see if we were in­ter­ested. We need games like every­one else, and the next thing you know, a con­tract ar­rived.”

The meet­ing be­tween Cham­i­nade and Hawaii will be their first “sched­uled” reg­u­lar-sea­son game since Dec. 15 of the 1982-83 sea­son. The Sil­ver­swords, then an N.A.I.A. pro­gram, pre­vailed 56-47 that night at Blais­dell Arena, only a week be­fore Merv Lopes’ team de­feated Ralph Samp­son and Vir­ginia, the top-ranked Divi­sion I team, in what has been called the great­est up­set in the his­tory of col­lege bas­ket­ball. The two met in 2003 at the Maui In­vi­ta­tional, with the War­riors winning 68-54, but that one came up by way of the tour­ney’s bracket. Their only other sched­uled game was in the 1980-81 sea­son, a 64-58 Hawaii win, when Cham­i­nade was in its first year of N.A.I.A. Fol­low­ing their 1982 game, the WAC dis­cour­aged mem­ber schools from play­ing teams of lower af­fil­i­a­tions.

Kala­heo High head coach Chico Fur­tado was a CUH guard from 1976-1980 and re­calls long­ing for a chance to play against the state’s only Divi­sion I col­lege pro­gram. He missed his chance by a year, as the Sil­ver­swords moved from Divi­sion III to N.A.I.A fol­low­ing his grad­u­a­tion, and the Swords were added to the Hawaii sched­ule by then­coach Larry Lit­tle.

“We def­i­nitely wanted a chance to play them,” said Fur­tado, a Cham­i­nade as­sis­tant on the late Pete Smith’s staff in 1989-90. “We used to go down to Klum Gym in the sum­mer and play against them. In sum­mer league we played with and against a lot of them. They had toomuch to lose then (by play­ing Cham­i­nade). They don’t have

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