While Saint Mary’s College is a few miles away from the home of the Warriors, teammates of Matthew Dellavedova are cheering on his Cleveland Cavailers in the NBA Finals.
The Warriors trimmed a 20-point deficit down to one with about 2 1/2 minutes left, but Matthew Dellavedova converted a three-point play, James made a 3-pointer and Tristan Thompson added a free throw for an 88-80 advantage with 1:31 to play.
This NBA Finals series has been billed as LeBron James Vs. Stephen Curry, but the league’s most popular players might not be the ones who decide which team will hoist the Larry O’Brien trophy later this month. Warriors fans know about Harrison Barnes, Leandro Barbosa, Festus Ezeli and the other Warriors capable of stepping up an carrying the team when Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green are off. But who, other than King James, can the Cavs count on to hit the clutch shot? Here are five names you need to know.
The star player for Saint Mary’s College of California has become a cult hero in Cleveland, where his play has endeared “Delly” to teammates and fans who relate to his approach and undrafted underdog story.
Saint Mary’s has already spent plenty of time traveling. The Moraga school opened the tournament in Dayton, Ohio, on Tuesday, then made a quick trip north to Auburn Hills.
Matthew Dellavedova scored 22 points on Tuesday night, and Saint Mary’s got a good start on its second straight NCAA tournament appearance, beating Middle Tennessee 67-54 in the First Four.
Gonzaga bolstered its case for a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament by routing Saint Mary’s 65-51 in the West Coast Conference final Monday night.
Matthew Dellavedova scored 25 points, including five 3-pointers, to lead Saint Mary’s to its 13th win in 14 games, 87-48 over Pepperdine on Wednesday night.
Matthew Dellavedova was a thorn in BYU’s side for the second time this season, scoring 20 points as Saint Mary’s defeated the Cougars 64-57 Thursday night.
Matthew Dellavedova scored 19 of his 22 points in the first half and Stephen Holt added 17 for the Gaels.