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Parents of former Gonzaga standout Nigel Williams-Goss cheer on Bulldogs in loss to Saint Mary’s

UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 18, 2018, 11:04 p.m.

Nigel Williams-Goss talks shooting technique with his dad Virgil during basketball camp in August 2017 at The Hub in Liberty Lake. (Kathy Plonka / The Spokesman-Review)
Nigel Williams-Goss talks shooting technique with his dad Virgil during basketball camp in August 2017 at The Hub in Liberty Lake. (Kathy Plonka / The Spokesman-Review)

Nigel Williams-Goss might have hung up his Gonzaga jersey last season and moved halfway around the world, but he hasn’t forgotten about the Bulldogs.

Apparently, neither has his family.

The parents of the former Zag, who currently plays for Partizan in Serbia, attended Thursday’s game at the McCarthey Athletic Center, where Gonzaga fell 74-71 to Saint Mary’s.

Valerie and Virgil, who live in Las Vegas, were spotted inside The Kennel before the game.

On Wednesday, Williams-Goss warned the “Zag Family” on Twitter that his parents would be in town to witness the West Coast Conference rivals fight for a spot alone at the top of the standings.

“Parents in Spokane for the game tomorrow. I know they will be well (taken) care of!” Williams-Goss wrote on Twitter.

The last time Gonzaga faced Saint Mary’s was in Las Vegas during the WCC title game last March. Williams-Goss was the star of that showing, posting a game-high 22 points on 6-of-11 shooting and hitting all 10 of his shots at the line.

In his three games against the Gaels, Williams-Goss tallied 55 points and missed only one free throw.

The Zags were missing Williams-Goss on Thursday. They shot 48 percent from the field (29 of 61) and hit only six of their 22 shots from 3-point range.


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