Saturday, March 17, 2007

Walt Frazier Didn't Play D-I Either

Meanwhile, in the Division III men's basketball semifinals:

When Virginia Wesleyan needed a play to stay alive in its bid for a second straight NCAA Division III championship, it was "TonTon time'' again.

TonTon time? This should be good.

TonTon Balenga [right, in mask] hit two tie-breaking foul shots with 1:10 to play Friday night, lifting the Marlins to a 67-65 victory over Washington University and putting the defending national champions into Saturday's title game against Amherst.

Coach! Coach! Over here, coach! Coach, how would you describe TonTon?

"I know TonTon's a warrior,'' Virginia Wesleyan coach Dave Macedo said of Balenga, whose shot with 2 seconds left last year gave the Marlins their national title.

TonTon! TonTon! TonTon, are you a "warrior?''

"Oh, TonTon is an African name that means 'uncle' in French," a grinning Balenga explained.

Thanks a lot, TonTon. Good luck in the finals. And good luck in the 2008 NOTY Tournament.