"After that play, I think we all got the feeling we could actually win," said Haenisch.
"They were stunned," said Sword Forward Earnest Pettway.
"How could you tell?" asked one reporter.
"Because that play stunned me, too," Pettway replied.
Frank & Nick's is a tavern on the fringes of Waikiki where the Chaminade team goes for its postgame repast, win or lose. The game wasn't on local TV, but a Chaminade employee videotapes all home games for showing on four big screens at Frank & Nick's. The portion of the tape showing Dunham's alley-oop was replayed four times, and each time the clientele went bananas.
The man who guarded Sampson most of the way was 6'8" Center Tony Randolph, who comes from, of all places, Staunton, Va. Staunton happens to be 25 miles from Harrisonburg, Va., which is Sampson's hometown. While playing for Robert E. Lee High in Staunton, Randolph faced Sampson and Harrisonburg High five times. Lee won twice.
"I didn't do much against him as a sophomore," recalls Randolph, who transferred last spring to Chaminade from Panhandle State in Oklahoma on the advice of a brother who lives in Hawaii. "The first time he went up for an alley-oop his elbow caught me in the head and flipped me over onto the floor. I got a concussion." In their latest matchup, Randolph was able to bring Sampson outside by scoring 19 points, on 9-of-12 shooting, mostly from the perimeter.
Chaminade's success this season has been based as much on emotion as ability. "I think that's why we lost to Wayland Baptist," Haenisch said after beating Virginia. "We had so much emotion going into the Hawaii game, we forgot we're not the kind of team that can go out and win if we don't get up. But tonight shows you how good we can be when we do."
The Chaminade program has come far since it began, on the NCAA Division III level, only six years ago. Lopes took over in the Swords' second season, earning the princely sum of $2,000 annually. In 1978-79 he led Chaminade to an NCAA Division III regional championship. The next season the Swords stepped up to the NAIA. In 1980-81 and '81-82 they reached the District II finals.
Chaminade University was named after Guillaume Joseph Chaminade, who founded the Society of Mary (Marianists) at Bordeaux in 1817. The school was founded in 1957 by the Marianist order and christened Chaminade College of Honolulu. Two years before, it had opened as St. Louis Junior College, after the St. Louis High campus that it still shares. In the fall of 1977, the school expanded its curriculum—to include courses ranging from accounting and mathematics to chemistry and business—and Chaminade College became Chaminade University.