Saturday, March 19, 2016

Warriors get first ever NCAA tournament win

SPOKANE, WASH. >> Eran Ganot sat by himself, folded against a table in a corner of his team’s deserted locker room. His shirt was soaked from a celebratory dousing. His phone buzzed incessantly on the tabletop.

“This thing’s going crazy,” Hawaii’s first-year head coach said. “What just happened here?”

Only the biggest victory in Rainbow Warriors basketball history.


When time had expired and confirming glances at the TV screen attested to the authenticity of the University of Hawaii’s opening-round NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament victory, the old coach went airborne.

Propelled by the exultation of a breakthrough triumph 44 long years in coming, 74-year-old Riley Wallace leaped out of his chair at the California Hotel &Casino in Las Vegas, where he had joined a gathering of Hawaii fans.

“I jumped 3 inches, I was so happy,” Wallace said in a phone call. “OK, maybe 2. My (vertical) isn’t what it used to be.”



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