RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) – The Cavaliers are playing Coastal Carolina Friday night in Raleigh, and one Richmond family is among the fans headed to the tournament to cheer on two brothers playing against each other.
The Vozenileks are packed, loaded up and ready to hit the road.
“We’re going to watch our two sons–one our biological son Rob who is on the UVA basketball team. And the other El Hadji who is from Senegal, Africa, and he plays for Coastal Carolina,’ said Betty Baugh Harrison, the mother.
El Hadji Ndieguene moved into their Richmond home six years ago through Seeds Academy in Senegal.
The family helped him get a high school degree and then go to college to play basketball—something that helped form a bond between the young men, who consider themselves brothers.
“Both being athletes and having aspirations to be the best they could, the went to the University of Richmond and worked out in the Weinstein Center. They worked out here in the backyard a lot,” said their father Tom Vozenilek, pointing to the basketball court behind their house.
But they never imagined they’d eventually play against each other…let alone in the big dance.
“Nnot even sure Vegas would put odds on something like this ever happening, and so it’s a very exciting day,” said Vozenilek.
So who are they rooting for at the game?
“We’re going to sit in the Coastal section, wear the Coastal colors. But if it gets close, we’re Wahoo fans,” said the dad.
“I think silently we’ll be cheering for the Wahoos, but we’re there to support of El Hadji tonight,” said Betty Baugh.
The game will start at 9:20 p.m.
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