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Loyola's Dylon Cormier proud to be a 'hometown hero'

Loyola's Dylon Cormier proud to be a 'hometown hero'

Jimmy Patsos can pinpoint the day when his Loyola basketball team began its ascent that ultimately brought the Greyhounds to the brink of the school's first NCAA tournament appearance in 18 years. It came two days after New Year's last season, during a game against Marist.

It was the night that Dylon Cormier, then a freshman out of Cardinal Gibbons, became Loyola's de facto captain.

"We had lost three in a row — to Howard, Georgetown and Bucknell — and he [Cormier] had been playing with mono," Patsos recalled Friday. "He was the one talking in the huddles, in the locker room, in practice. He was saying, 'We've got to do better than this.' He says the right stuff...