Dec. 12, 2011
At around 4:05 p.m. Eastern Saturday afternoon, I don't think there was anyone in the Rambler locker room that wasn't physically, mentally, or emotionally drained but that didn't stop the celebration. If you happened to miss our game at Toledo, (shame on you) no problem, I will break it down for you. With 35.3 seconds left on the clock, Toledo sank two free throws to tie the game at 55-55 and after a long possession for the last shot we had given up the ball underneath our basket with 1.2 seconds left on the clock.
Everyone knew Toledo was going to throw up a prayer down the other end and hope for a shot to win. At the end of the bench me, Coop (Adam Cooper) and London Dokubo decided not to link arms like we had been during the last minute of the game but we made sure to sit in the same seats as we had for the whole game. I can't explain how nervous I was, except for the fact I had sweated through both of the shirts I was wearing (Don't judge me).
As the Toledo players launched the ball into the air, it was like slow motion as I watched it glide through the air and BAM!, right into the jumbo tron it went. Our bench erupted with excitement. The Toledo player made a costly mistake and from that point I knew we were going to win the game. I must have blacked out in our huddle from excessive day-dreaming of Ben Averkamp hitting the game-winner because the next thing I know Ben was pump-faking and draining a jumper to win the game!
The game on Saturday reminded me of how much I love being a part of this team and how lucky I am to be a part of the whole college basketball atmosphere. With an already depleted roster we went on the road without two key players in Joe Crisman and Walt Gibler. We needed guys to step up during a tough time, and that's just what they did. Those guys know who they are, and so this blog is a testament to the heart they showed during the game on Saturday.
On the other hand, it has been and will be a long two weeks here at Loyola as everyone is preparing for finals. But, we are only eight days from freedom my friends, so good luck to all the students with their finals!
Most importantly though, I want to say a big THANK YOU to all the Loyola students that showed up at the last home game against DePaul. You made it one of the best atmospheres I've ever been a part of in my four years of college basketball!
I hope to see everyone again at our next home game this Saturday against Chicago State, so take a study break and come enjoy yourself and cheer us on to victory!