Return trip proves memorable, fruitful for CMU pair
For two Central Michigan Chippewas, this seemed familiar.
Sure, head coach Keno Davis had to jog his memory. After all, it was more than three decades since he'd been here-- not as a player or coach-- but a member of his dad's traveling party. Tom Davis was a highly respected coach for many years. Some of his best teams were with Iowa in the '80s.
Now, Keno is following pop's path but blazing his own trail. And, there was a certain feeling that the circle had been completed with his team's victory in the final of the final GCI Great Alaska Shootout Saturday night at Alaska Airlines Center.
"Having come to this tournament when I was in the eighth grade with my father when they won it in '86, it was already kind of a thought... maybe I can bring back my own team," he said on the court as his guys celebrated their 75-72 championship win over CSU Bakersfield. "And, to be able to not only come here but to win the tournament is a special feeling."
He wasn't the only one feeling that way. His star guard, junior Shawn Roundtree, found some redemption. Two years ago, he was here but with Missouri State. He went 1-2. This time was different.
"It's great." said the tournament MVP. "I came here my freshman year with a previous team and didn't win anything. To be back this is a second chance for me personally."
Safe to say, both will always remember Alaska.
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