Recent men's basketball NLI signee Isaiah Walton's final season at Elyria High School (Elyria, Ohio) began in an odd way when a fire alarm was triggered shortly before tipoff. Even though the game was delayed by more than 30 minutes when everyone in attendance was forced to evacuate the gym, Walton still dominated his team's season-opener once action began and led his team to a 71-59 victory.
Was the alarm a method of mentally distracting Walton and his teammates, or a prophetic sign of things to come? Either way, of the game-high 24 points scored by the newest member of UC Davis men's basketball, nine were earned during Elyria's 10-0, fourth quarter scoring run to push his team's lead to 17 with just a few minutes remaining.
Games like this highlight why the men's basketball coaching staff is excited to have Walton join their program next fall. Discover what they already know by following Walton's progress throughout his final year at Elyria through the eyes of two local reporters; included below are recaps from the Chronicle-Telegram's Tim Gebhardt and the Morning Journal's Paul Barney regarding Walton influence in helping his team secure a victory in its inaugural game of the season.
- Eric Bankston, assistant athletics communications director, once thought about tripping a fire alarm to postpone a chemistry test he was not prepared to take during his junior year in high school. Thanks to the blessing known as extra credit (thanks Mr. Falk!), he ended up earning an 'A' that quarter even though his results on that exam were slightly less than average.