The University of Virginia needed another miracle of a win to finally snatch the schools very first championship in NCAA men’s basketball. On Monday night, the Cavaliers beat Texas Tech in overtime 85-77.
Fil-Am rookie freshman point guard Kihei Clark again played a pivotal role in helping the Cavaliers win the coveted title.
Clark finished the game with three points and four assists more importantly played excellent defense against the star guards of Texas Tech.
But when they were down again in the final seconds the Cavaliers needed to pull off another. Clark attributes this to the team’s bond and resilience.
“United, pursued and that’s what we did when we play together, and play big-time minute, we just pulled it up together, not get rattled,” said Clark.
The Virginia community is still a buzz about Clark’s pass in the Elite Eight game that sent the game into overtime. Clark says he’s grateful to go down in history as one of the greatest to play for the school.
“To be known as one of the best to play for this school in history — and I’m grateful.”
With this championship, Kihei now joins Raymond Townsend as the only Filipino Americana to ever win in an NCAA championship. Townsend is beaming with pride as he says Kihei played an excellent game in the final.
“I was glad to get to watch in the past two weeks and I’m so happy to see him succeed,” said Raymond Townsend. “Very proud to see him play and be Filipino and represent.”
Now that he has a championship win, Townsend said since Kihei is only a freshman, he has an opportunity to be great.
“He could do something even greater be the first Filipino to win two rings, which, that might not that might be a seat that carries forever. So, I’m in, I’m very humbled and honored to be in the same at the same boat as a young talented Filipino guard so I’m grateful — and I know it’ll be forever memories.”
Kihei‘s performance showed Filipinos no matter how small he is he can stand large in the biggest stage of collegiate basketball.