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Rainbow Warriors bound for east coast

STORIED US college outfit, University of Hawai’i Rainbow Warriors – featuring a trio of promising Aussies on the roster – will hit Australia’s eastern seaboard in August, with upto three matches against NBL opponents.

Brisbane Bullets, Melbourne United and Sydney Kings are pencilled in for matches against a Warriors crew including Owen Hulland (Adelaide), redshirt freshman Mate Colina (Melbourne), and senior-to-be Jack Purchase (Melbourne).

Purchase (below) is the son of Melbourne Tigers NBL legend Nigel.

A 206cm forward, he was named the Big West Conference’s Best Sixth Player as a Junior last season while leading the Warriors in 3-pointers (50) for the second straight year.

Variously listed at 211cm to 213cm, Hulland is a “stretch four” from Sturt Sabres while Colina is a 211cm centre.

This will be University of Hawai'i men's team’s historic first trip to Australia, a 10-day tour from August 8-18.

The Warriors are scheduled to face the Bullets or a QABL outfit at the Gold Coast on Saturday, August 11.

On Monday, August 13, they either will play the defending NBL champion United or an SEABL club in Melbourne.

Basketball Australia’s Centre of Excellence will host the Warriors in Canberra for a match on Wednesday, August 15 before the tour concludes with a game against the Kings on the Central Coast on Friday, August 17.

UH's first foreign tour since going to China in 2011, coach Eran Ganot was excited by what it would mean to his upcoming 2018-19 campaign.

“This tour is huge for us as we continue to build our program,” Ganot said.

“Most elite programs do foreign tours every four years, and we hope this trip begins a similar process for us.

“To be able to have 10 days of practice in addition to the opportunity to play against some of the best teams in a Australia is something we're all looking forward to.

“It's a great way to get our newcomers integrated and should give us plenty of momentum going into our 2018-19 season.”

Jun 6

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