They started off shooting 0-for-10 from the field in front of a restful crowd in a high school gym.
The third game of the EA Sports Maui Invitational on the first day features the host school on ESPN U. Nobody thought Chaminade, a small school in Hawaii, would give Texas a close game.
Turns out they were right. The Silverswords throttled the Longhorns 86-73 on Monday night to move into the winner’s bracket and completely embarrass a depleted Texas team whose head coach wore a shocked face for 40 minutes.
“We are ecstatic,” Chaminade coach Eric Bovaird said. “We believed all along that we had a chance to play with these guys over here. We knew if we got down to a close ballgame that there was a good chance we were going to win.”
But it was never close. Chaminade dribbled out the game and got to enjoy the arena cheer for their home team. This Division II school literally isn’t in the league of Texas. They look forward to a tournament in November the same way schools like Kentucky and Duke look forward to March.
“I have so much faith in my team, I will put them up against anybody in the country on a given night,” Bovaird said. “These guys have worked so hard to get where they are right now. You have no idea, they have worked just as hard as any Division I athlete.”
You can’t disagree with Bovaird after Monday’s game.
Chaminade, the home team for every game they play in during the three-day tournament, will face Illinois in the semifinal round of the tournament. They’ve never made the finals.
Maui is so magical in November.
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