The Siena Saints defeated the Rider Broncs, 78-68, in a fight-marred college basketball game Tuesday night.
Clearly, there were some bruised feelings afterward.
Rider’s players refused to shake hands according to the customary postgame gesture. But that didn’t stop Siena’s Coach Jimmy Patsos from completing the tradition anyway ― as if his opponents were there.
Here’s another clip:
Nice one, coach. The night needed a little levity after a late-game scuffle led to technicals and ejections.
Patsos later dismissed the incident, telling the Daily Gazette it was “just old-fashioned tough basketball.” Rider’s Coach Kevin Baggett defended his actions to ESPN, saying he “didn’t want anything to escalate again between the teams.”
But perhaps Baggett just wasn’t in the mood to make nice after this confrontation with Patsos after the fight.
Regardless, Patsos definitely scored points with his now-viral phantom-handshaking move.