CHICAGO (Fox 32 News) - They are Chicago's Cinderella story, but after a run that at times, seemed almost magical, the Loyola men’s basketball team returned home Easter Sunday where they were greeted by a small crowd, cheering as they stepped off team buses.
The buses pulled up to Gentile Arena under police escort, full of men and women with heavy hearts.
“It's hard to process the emotions, still, not even 24 hours out after the loss,” said senior forward Nick DiNardi. “Probably in the next couple days we'll be able to feel exactly what it meant.”
“We took some time today to laugh and smile but it's still stinging,” said head coach Porter Moser. “We were trying to win the national championship.”
Sister Jean watched players and staff unload their luggage from the buses, smiling as she sat in her wheelchair.
“We felt all the love from Chicago and from the university for the last couple weeks and throughout the whole season, so thank you,” DiNardi said.
A larger, more formal rally for the team and students is being planned.