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For Davila, snow is a new experience

After the weekend storm, snow is still piled high in Blacksburg. For children and some remaining students, the winter blast provided fun entertainment. But for Virginia Tech forward Victor Davila, it was something of a culture shock.

Davila, a sophomore from Puerto Rico, is not used to seeing snowflakes. So to see a foot of snow dumped by a nasty late-autumn storm was an eye-opening experience.

"I've never seen this much," Davila said of the snow. "This was something new for me. It was crazy -- that was my first thought."

Davila grew up in Puerto Rico but played at Starmount High School in Boonville, N.C. He was a two-time all-state selection and has played an important role this season in the post for the Hokies. Davila is a talented offensive player but Coach Seth Greenberg has challenged him to play more physically on defense.

But this weekend, it was all about the weather.

The snow started on Friday, Davila said, while the Hokies were eating at a Chinese restaurant off campus. He watched as the flurries started flying, and did not stop until Saturday night, when Virginia Tech defeated Charleston Southern, 73-50. Davila had a season-low 5 points and 2 rebounds in 25 minutes and did so before about 3,500 brave fans who left their homes despite the elements.

"I didn't think that many people would show up," Davila said.

By Mark Viera  |  December 21, 2009; 10:38 AM ET
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