UWF basketball kicks off season with Argo Madness
By Tony Mixon
Of all the excitement UWF basketball fans got in Monday’s Argo Madness, the source of the most thrills was a person who will never take a shot in game.
Band member Garshce Roble was the highlight of the night after he connected on a crowd-captivating 3-pointer he made to cap a comeback win in a relay race with a cheerleader.
Roble had a lot of catching up to do because his team was losing by a good margin, but found a way to come back and tie it by making his shot at the same time as his opponent.
“My shorts were falling off and I’m like okay there is no way I can get up close to make the shot before she can,” Roble said. “I don’t even know how far I was away from the hoop.”
The contestants had to put on a series of basketball gear that included a UWF jersey, shorts and shoes and had to race down court and make shots on both ends.
Roble rushed down court with his shorts hanging down to his ankles and hit a 3-pointer right in front of the UWF men’s bench at the same time as his opponent’s lay-up.
The crowd erupted as if he had just made the game-winning shot for the GSC championship. Roble’s night wouldn’t end there as he won a $100 gift card to Publix during the drawing.
UWF men’s coach Jeff Burkhamer was impressed by the incredible finish of the relay race as well.
“It was a great contest because it was back to back with the cheerleader makes the shot and the band member makes the shot at the same time,” Burkhamer said.
This was the first Midnight Madness event UWF basketball staged, and while those in attendance were lively, Burkhamer wished there was a bigger crowd.
“I think it’s a challenge to get people to come out on school nights,” Burkhamer said. “It’d be great to have a bigger crowd, but I think the folks over here had a great time.”
Preseason All-GSC member Rashaan Benson enjoyed Midnight Madness that kicked off his final year at UWF.
“It seems like it has been a blur from my Freshman year, so I’m just excited to get this season started,” Benson said.
The impression of the band member didn’t stop with coach Burkhamer, but even Rashaan was excited for him
“He had going, he had himself a good night,” Benson said. “He won him a prize, he hit the shot, and he got us kind of live tonight.”
The Argos basketball team has a lot of expectations going into this season as both teams come into this year nationally ranked No. 12.
Both Men’s and Women’s teams open the season up on Nov. 9 and play their home opener Nov. 20 in a double header against Spring Hill.