Jacks coming home to proud fans

By Holley Nees - bio | email

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - The Stephen F. Austin State University Men's Basketball Team may be in the Sunshine State, but the big screen brought Miami to Nacogdoches on Friday.

"Of course being at the game would be the ultimate, but most folks don't get down to Miami so it was our idea that if we could maybe re-create that game atmosphere here in our student center, then that would be something fun to do," said SFA Director of Student Life Michael Preston.

Inside the dark theater was a sea of purple with high hopes.

"Their bullying us around right now because they're a big team, but I think if we can get some confidence and some scoring, I think we'll do really well," SFA Alumnus Clint Singleton said.

The former Jack said he wants the big "W" for his alma mater.

Singleton said, "It would mean everything, you know get the school some recognition and just get everyone excited about basketball."

Twelve-year-old Trayce has been excited about the sport for a long time.

"I just think it's fun to see a team from around here go to the NCAA tournament," he said.

His mom brought him to watch the game.   She said he lives, eats, and breathes basketball.

"I want to play for the Jacks," Trayce said.

However, a loss was not stopping past, present, and future Jacks from cheering for the home team, but some were just there for moral support.

"I didn't watch a lot of it," one young girl said.

Many were there for more than just free cokes, popcorn, and the love of the game.

"We're disappointed that we lost, but we're always going to be proud of our Lumberjacks, they represented us well.  They went down there and I think...we kept it in control and they played well so, we're proud of them," said Ryan Horne.

The Jacks may be out, but they are coming home to a town full of proud fans.

A young fan wanted to tell the Jacks, "Good luck next year."

The Jacks are set to fly home late Friday night. It is safe to say they will receive a true heroes welcome.

Regardless of the outcome, it was a historic day in SFA history.