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As Malcolm Washington suited up for his first game with the University of Pennsylvania basketball team Friday night, his dad, Denzel, sat three rows behind the bench cheering him on.

The 5-foot-9 walk-on guard at Penn did not play in his team’s 70-55 loss at Penn State, but pops was there in the Jordan Center crowd for support – sporting a black sweat shirt and black baseball hat pulled down low over his forehead, according to the Associated Press.

He declined to answer a reporter’s question before the game, waving his arms and nodding in the direction of the Penn bench.

The Quakers’ visit to Penn State to start the new season was perfect timing for Washington, who is in central Pennsylvania filming the movie “Unstoppable.”

Earlier in the week, the movie shoot was in the eastern Ohio town of Bellaire, where it reportedly disrupted the local school bus service.

According to WTOV-TV, children were dropped off at a shopping plaza on Wednesday when the filming kept a bus from completing its route. Gregory Jeffreys says his 12-year-old daughter wasn’t sure how to walk home and it took her an hour. He says children were in danger.

The Bellaire school system is apologizing. Superintendent Tony Scott (no relation to “Unstoppable” director Tony Scott) says the district should have notified parents about the bus diversion but “dropped the ball.”