Admon Gilder’s parents learned a valuable lesson last weekend after Texas A&M’s historic rally to beat Northern Iowa: Never, ever leave early.
The freshman guard’s parents, Admon Gilder Sr., and Paula Gilder, didn’t see their son’s game-tying basket to rally from a 12-point deficit with 44 seconds left to force overtime in the NCAA tournament Round of 32 classic. They didn’t see the Aggies outlast the Panthers, 92-88, in double overtime.
Like many fans, the Gilders assumed the Aggies’ season was over and made an early exit out of Chesapeake Arena in Oklahoma City.
So how did Gilder’s parents learn about their son’s role in this epic comeback? A friendly fan at a gas station notified them of the miraculous events.
“They left the game with probably about a minute to go,” Gilder Jr., said, according to Yahoo Sports’ Jeff Eisenberg. “They were at the gas station on the way back and someone came out and told them that I’d just hit the game-tying shot.”
Both parents decided it was best to hit the road and get a head start on the three-hour drive back to Dallas as they both had work the next morning, according to Eisenberg. They were too far along on their return trip to turn around, and were forced to track the rest of the game on their phones.
Gilder Jr., joked that his parents owe him for missing out on the incredible finish, but added that he likely would have done the same thing.
“I probably would have left too,” Gilder Jr., said according to Eisenberg. “They said they were sorry they weren’t there to see it. Anybody could have done the same thing. I’m not really too mad about it.”
Gilder Jr., can expect his parents to be practically locked into their seats at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., on Thursday night when the Aggies battle the Oklahoma Sooners in a Sweet 16 matchup. They might not get up during halftime for fear of missing something epic.