It wouldn't be fair to say Stefhon Hannah was flat-out excited for the Santa Cruz Warriors' seven-game road trip to open the 2012-13 season.
After all, playing in Texas for two preseason games before traveling to Reno, Bakersfield, Los Angeles and finally Boise, Idaho, in less than a month isn't supposed to be easy.
But it does have its advantages.
"Because it's only us," said Hannah, a 6-foot-1 guard who's second on the Warriors in scoring at 16.3 points per game. "It's a good thing for you to be able to go out there with 10 guys and the coaches and the staff and come together, just to win."
They will play for the first time at home Sunday at Kaiser Permanente Arena against the Bakersfield Jam. Tip-off is 5 p.m.
Playing in front of a sold-out home crowd will provide a different feel for the Warriors, who practiced at the arena for the first time Thursday.
Santa Cruz, the Golden State Warriors' NBA D-League team that played in Bismarck, N.D., last season, completed its first road test with a 5-2 record -- tops in the West Division.
"But we have a lot of work to do. I'm telling you, a lot of work to do," coach Nate Bjorkgren said.
Travis Leslie, who played 10 games
Renaldo Major, a Fresno State grad who played in one game for Golden State during the 2006-07 season, is leading the Jam (8-4) at 13.7 points per game.
The San Francisco Bulls blew a 3-1 lead after two periods and fell at Ontario 4-3 in a shootout. Jordan Morrison had two goals and Justin Bowers had one for the Bulls. San Francisco was without Marek Viedensky, who left Friday's 3-1 home loss to the Reign in the third period after taking a stick to the back of the leg.
Boyd Lachance, Cal's associate head coach for men's water polo, was named head coach at Jesuit High-Sacramento, effective Feb. 1. Lachance lives in Sacramento with his wife and three children.
Staff writer David Pollak contributed to this report.