Mar. 6—Dayton Flyers guard Koby Brea’s mom, Mayra Villar, gave him his nickname — “Fuego — when he was a senior at Monsignor Scanlan High School.
Fuego means fire in Spanish. Dayton grad Dan Patrick started using “En Fuego” on ESPN’s SportsCenter to describe players in the zone decades ago, long before the second-year Flyer Brea was born. His mom may not have known about that history with the nickname, but she knew a hot shooter when she saw one.
“She doesn’t know much about basketball,” Brea said, “but whenever I would shoot, she would just say, ‘Fuego! Fuego!’ Somebody picked it up, and I kind of just went with it.”
Brea lived up to the nickname Saturday by making 4 of 6 3-pointers, including three in the second half. His final 3-pointer with 43 seconds to play gave Dayton a 78-76 lead against Davidson, and that turned out to