The Boise State-Fresno State men’s basketball game at Taco Bell Arena on Tuesday night didn’t just belong to the Broncos’ honored seniors.
It also belonged to an 8-year-old boy who did what a collection of Division I athletes couldn’t do.
During the first half, an errant Boise State shot led to the game ball getting lodged behind the glass backboard. Several of Fresno State’s tallest players attempted to get the ball down with assistance from a broom handle. Boise State players tried to dislodge it with another ball, but to no avail.
Instead, Hunter Hales of Eagle and his father, Paul, came to the rescue from their seats on the baseline. Paul lifted Hunter into the air, and behind the glass, where he worked high above the floor and played the role of hero.
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The crowd at Taco Bell Arena erupted into cheers and the game continued.
“We waited a while and then finally we were just like, ‘Let’s do it and I went up and did it,’’’ Hunter Hales said. “There was kind of some pressure, but it was cool.’’
Said Paul: “It’s crazy how it’s already blowing up (on social media). I asked (Hunter) right away and he said we should let them try. They were jumping up there with the broom handles and couldn’t get it. Then it was like, ‘Dude, let’s go get it’ and the big guy brought it home.’’
Video courtesy of RobertJPfeifer.com; Dave Southorn of the Idaho Statesman also contributed to this report.