As a side note to the San Diego State game last Saturday, former Gaucho post players Jon Pastorek and Sam Phippen were seen roaming the sidelines.
Former clutch outside shooter James Powell was also there during and after the game. As a true Gaucho, he took the loss for his former teammates hard too, but he still managed to greet well-wishers with his always upbeat and friendly smile and handshake. Seeing him there brought back memories of his clutch 3-point jumpers.
JP is now an assistant coach at Centennial High School in Corona, CA. Michael Caffey, one of the highest ranked freshmen on Big West rival Long Beach State's squad, hails from Centennial. James had the pleasure of coaching Caffey for his senior year at Centennial. Hopefully, some of that pipeline runs through to UCSB in the future, now that James is there.
It's always great to see former Gaucho players in the stands. It means the Gaucho family is alive and thriving.
Here is a video of JP's game-winning shot against UNLV in 2007--watch the ensuing bedlam.
UNLV is coming to the Thunderdome on Wednesday at 7 pm. They are undefeated, with a record of 8 - 0, after beating the former Number 1 ranked University of North Carolina Tarheels Saturday.
As a bonus, former UCSB head coach Jerry Pimm will be introduced as a Legend of the Dome at halftime. Rumor has it that former UNLV coaching legend Jerry Tarkanian will also be at the ceremony, a reunion of old and friendly rivals.
The SDSU game was extremely competitive and the most exciting game in the Thunderdome so far. The match up against UNLV will be just as entertaining. Don't miss it. Go Gauchos!