Jack Finley and his family sat in silence in front of their living room television at their home in Kelowna, British Columbia as the sixth pick was about to be announced during Thursday’s Western Hockey League Bantam Draft.
The Spokane Chiefs relied on a great deal of rookies this season. And with a young team, the results were often inconsistent. Eli Zummack, Ty Smith and Matt Leduc all played significant minutes as 16-year-olds. Several 17-year-old players were rookies last season, too.
Redshirt junior guard Nigel Williams-Goss and freshman center Zach Collins, along with North Carolina’s Kennedy Meeks, Justin Jackson and Joel Berry II, were named to the NCAA men’s basketball championship all-Tournament team after the conclusion of the Bulldogs’ 71-65 loss to North Carolina.
Przemek Karnowski was motionless during the postgame press conference after the national championship game. He rested his left fist on his cheek and stared blankly at the name tag in front of him on the podium. Finally he was awakened by a question.
Josh Perkins was Gonzaga’s X-factor in the first half, scoring 13 points on 3 of 5 shooting and knocking down 3 of 4 shots from 3-point range. The second half was not as friendly. UNC clamped down on the redshirt sophomore guard and Perkins failed to score a point.
Zags or no Zags, Amber Westlin and Josh Burch were going to the Final Four.The North Seattle residents booked their tickets to the Final Four right as they went on sale. But they had an inkling their investment would pay off.
Amidst a starry night sky and rows of trees, members of the Gonzaga men’s basketball team lined in a row and stretched out on their backs on a dock alongside Lake Pend Oreille River and collectively started dreaming.