The University of Hawai’i fell to the NBL’s Sydney Kings, 82-65, Friday at Abottsleigh College in the fourth and final exhibition game of its 2018 Australian tour.
UH trailed by just three points with less than eight minutes remaining, but the Kings pulled away with a decisive 12-0 run. The Rainbow Warriors finished their historic tour with a 1-3 overall mark while playing a mix of professional, semi-pro, and amateur teams.
Junior college transfer
led UH with 15 points. Senior forward
added 14 points, while fellow senior
chipped in 11.
Kyle Adnam (19 points) and Brian Bowen (18 points) combined for 37 points to pace the Kings, who shot 52 percent for the game.
The Rainbow Warrior led for a total of just 45 seconds throughout the game, but hung tough for the better part of three quarters. After trailing 38-29 at the half, UH came out energized out of the locker room. UH cut the deficit to just two midway through the third quarter and it was a 55-52 contest in the early part of the fourth.
However, the Kings scord 12 unanswered points to build its first double-digit lead of the game and maintained that lead with a barrage of three-pointers in the final minutes.
UH now returns home to Honolulu where it will begin fall camp in late September before opening the regular season on Nov. 9 against Portland in the Outrigger Hotels Rainbow Classic.