January 7th, 2013

Siva, Behanan Check Out Bellarmine

Staff Report

Siva, Behanan Check Out Bellarmine
U of L star Peyton Siva (right) with Bellarmine A.D. Scott Wiegandt and his children.

Cards stars support Bellarmine basketball

They slipped in just before tipoff and took their seats three rows behind the Bellarmine bench. If they were hoping nobody would notice, they haven’t learned much about basketball-crazy Louisville. The word spread rapidly: Peyton Siva and Chane Behanan were in the house.

Siva is the senior point guard for the Louisville Cardinals, ranked third nationally in NCAA Division I. Only a week earlier, he was leading Coach Rick Pitino’s team to a nationally televised victory over Kentucky in the KFC Yum! Center.

But last Saturday the Cards were idle, so Siva and Behanan, the team’s sophomore power forward, decided to take a “busman’s holiday” by attending the Knights’ afternoon contest against Springfield. Ill.

Besides playing an exhibition game against the Knights the last two seasons, Siva and Behanan know some of the Knights’ players from summer pickup games. As he took his seat three rows behind the Bellarmine bench, Siva pointed to a couple of friends on the Knights’ bench.

During the game, Siva alternately watched the action and checked out the messages on his Smartphone. He and Behanan were particularly energized by a brilliant spin move to the hoop by Chris Dowe, Bellarmine’s 6-foot-2 Division II All-American candidate.

Both basketball players also said they were excited about the news that Trinity High’s James Quick, the No. 1 football prospect in Kentucky, had picked Coach Charlie Strong’s newly-crowned Sugar Bowl champions over Ohio State.

At halftime, Siva signed several autographs for fans both young and old. Bellarmine Athletics Director Scott Wiegandt brought over three of his children to shake hands with the U of L star.

After defeating Providence in their Big East Conference opener on Jan. 2, the Cards next play Seton Hall on the road Thursday night.        


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