Ducks mourn, Zags celebrate after Final Four

Gonzaga will move on to the title game on Monday

Gonzaga fans arrive at the University of Pheonix Stadium to watch Gonzaga play South Carolina in the Final Four on April 1, 2017. (KOIN)
Gonzaga fans arrive at the University of Pheonix Stadium to watch Gonzaga play South Carolina in the Final Four on April 1, 2017. (KOIN)


PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — While many Oregon fans flew off to Phoenix to watch the Ducks take on North Carolina in the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament, others flocked together in Portland to watch.

The McMenamins Mission Theater hosted an alumni watch party Saturday for Portland-based fans. Duck fans went through the whole range of emotions as the game went on, ending in a heartbreaking one-point loss to the North Carolina Tar Heels. 

Gonzaga fans are celebrating their big win Saturday and looking toward the NCAA Championship on Monday, April 3.

Fans gathered for watch party Saturday at the Grixsen Brewery, which is owned by Gonzaga alum DJ Moxley. He said they’ve hosted watch parties before, but never ones as intense at this one.

“This is our first Final Four appearance ever, so it’s history,” Moxley said.

Moxley’s own English Bulldog attended the party too, making sure to give everyone a high-five.

“She is the granddaughter of the bronze statue outside our basketball stadium in Spokane, so she is a little bit of Gonzaga royalty,” Moxley said.

Fans celebrating local players who made a big impact on this winning season.

“Local guys to make it so big at Gonzaga is incredible,” alumna Eliza Miller said of Nigel Williams-Goss, from Happy Valley and Silas Melson from Portland.

“You’re rooting for Gonzaga and you’re rooting for the locals, it’s just incredible,” Gonzaga law student Sierra Miller said.