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Omar Samhan showed he could multi-task, playing effective basketball while carrying on running conversations with anyone – refs, spectators, opposing players, an ESPN camera man as he walked off the court at half with Gale Force leading by 25 – as Gael Force rolled to a 95-48 win in the second round of The Basketball Tournament.
A funny thing happened to Omar Samhan in Japan last winter. He had to shake Rob Sacre’s hand – and try to keep a straight face.
MINNEAPOLIS – Omar Samhan’s throwback drop-steps in the post and new-age candor with the media made him one of the breakout stars of the NCAA tournament in March. The outspoken center captivated fans with his skills on the court and drew belly laughs in the press room with sharp one-liners while leading little St. Mary’s to the round of 16 for the first time in more than 50 years.
Such a thing never would have occurred to the Kennel Clubbers who have hounded (and cussed) him for four years, but they should have considered an ovation – and it would have to be standing, since they never sit – for Omar Samhan. And he, in return, for them.
SAN DIEGO – There was the tip-in, the midrange jumper, the drive around a taller defender and the jump shot over a shorter defender. There was the 3-pointer from top of the key and the jump hook in the middle of the lane. There was free throws, layins, a putback jam, a two-handed dunk on an inbound pass and a rim-rattling alley-oop finish.