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Saddest tourney exit so far? St. Joe’s coach Phil Martelli’s grandson (vids)


Sure, the first real day of the NCAA Tournament saw a fair share of upsets, disappointments and letdowns. Teams that were favored lost, teams that some believed would go at least a little deeper in the tournament, perhaps even fouling up the bracket of a few folks.

But if you ask me, the most disappointing and disheartening exit from Thursday has to be Phillip Martelli, the precocious grandson of St. Joseph’s Hawks head coach Phil Martelli.

The adorable youngster first attracted the attention of millions of admirers during Atlantic 10 Championship Game last weekend, when he was spotted mimicking his grandpa’s antics on the hardwood.

But little Phillip’s piece de resistance definitely came on Thursday night’s broadcast of St. Joe’s match-up with the Connecticut Huskies, when the 4-year-old was interviewed by fetching sideline reporter Allie LaForce. And man, did he turn on the charm.

Fantastic. The way he grabs the microphone and centers it before he speaks is just the best.

Phillip summed up his moment in the spotlight by saying, “In sitdown timeouts, I run all around the court and flap my wings,” when describing his antics.

Sadly, St Joe’s came up short on Thursday night, losing 89-81 to UConn. Sigh.

Fare thee well and happy trails, Phillip. Sad to see you go. We’re going to miss you, kid.