Fans celebrate ‘Bows victory with mad rush to bookstore

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From living rooms to restaurants, and yes, even offices, basketball fans across the state huddled around their televisions as the ‘Bows made history.

Big City Diner was packed early Friday. “I knew this is a great team, but to beat a team like Cal, that’s amazing,” said fan John Wells.

Over at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, both students and faculty say it was a great start to their Aloha Friday.

“At the end, we were definitely going crazy, especially the last couple of minutes, we knew we had it in the bag,” said junior Matthew Norman.

“I think Hawaii sometimes doesn’t get the national spotlight because we’re an island all the way in the Pacific Ocean,” said junior Brodie Nakama. “Anytime our sports team can put on national spotlight, it creates a name for us, gets everyone excited.”

Employees at the campus bookstore were incredibly busy.

“It was like, completely dead during the game. Then after when the game was done, there was a rush of people in the store. We were like, we need more staff on the sales floor!” said Tricia Ejima, assistant director of campus services.

Die-hard fan Claire Fernandez says Friday was her fourth trip to the bookstore this week.

“I’ve been buying a lot of the championship shirts. Good thing I bought the other day, they sell so fast!” she said. “It’s a good feeling that UH is being recognized. I’m really happy for the coach. With all the problems they been through, this is really a good thing happening to them.”

Good news for fans: Basketball tees are 25 percent off in celebration of the big win.

“Everyone, you know, loves a sale, why not?” Ejima said with a laugh.

The Warriors now face the University of Maryland Terrapins next.

“They’re going to play on Sunday. I had to get my shirt,” said fan Harry Palmer.

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