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Men's Basketball's European Tour

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AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS - The trip has been great so far, Amsterdam is a beautiful city. We did a boat tour today and visited the Anne Frank house. It has been a great experience for the entire team and we have learned a lot about the Netherlands and the history of Amsterdam. For example, Amsterdam has over 100 channels that were made to make trading goods easier.

The Anne Frank house was very eye opening. It showed us that we must be open to other people's nationality, religion, color, etc. It also showed us what can happen when people discriminate and how it affects people's lives.

Tim Kaine


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AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS - We visited a cheese making and clog making village. It is not a museum but an actual living village/town. It was about 20 mins away from Amsterdam and is a very rural area. There were lots of cows, sheep and horses roaming the area. There were many channels that lined the farms. We found out that the citizens made them by hand in order to make the land suitable for living.

The Netherlands is a very beautiful country and the people are very innovative with the way they have reclaimed the land from water. It is very unique to see people living such a rural lifestyle so close to a major city like Amsterdam.

We had our first game of the trip against the Meppel Red Giants. We won 102-62 and we played very well for not touching a ball in a few days in addition to all the traveling we have done. It was a great start to the basketball portion of the trip.

Mike Jarvis


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BRUGGE, BELGIUM - We visited Brugge, Belgium today and it is a beautiful city. It has been influenced by many different cultures in its long history. The Dutch, French and Spanish have all at one time influenced the city and the country. Brugge is in northwest Belgium and was once the world's chief commercial city and most of its business is based around the fact that it's home to a huge commercial port.

We visited many churches and even saw The Basilica of the Holy Blood. The Basilica is a church that has received special ceremonial rites by the Pope. Belgium has 26 Basilicas, but the one in Brugge has a shroud that was once part of Jesus' clothing. It was an amazing experience because many of us actually got to see the shroud. We also went and saw the only sculpture that Michelangelo made outside of Italy.

From here, we will travel to Ghent, Belgium which is about 45 minutes away.

Justin Davis


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GHENT, BELGIUM - We visited Ghent, Belgium today and it is a beautiful city. We went to a castle that dated back to the 1200's and were told about the different torture techniques that were used. They included a guillotine with a bag that caught the head. They used a class system to determine the way people were executed. Richer victims had their heads cut off, while the poorer ones were simply hung. From there, we went to a church that dates back to the 1500's. It had a four-story ceiling and lots of beautiful artwork. Unfortunately, we were not allowed to take any pictures inside the church. After the tour, we played Waregem in our second game of the trip. We ended up tying 64-64. You always to win, but coming to tie after being down by 18 in the first half says a lot about the team's character. It was a good way to end the day and we're all looking forward to the rest of the trip.

Alex Tucker


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PARIS, FRANCE - We arrived in Paris on Tuesday and had a quiet day. Some of us walked around the area close to the hotel and all of us used the day to relax and catch up on some rest.

We took a bus tour of Paris and we took pictures in front of the Arc De Triomphe, the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame Cathedral. Paris is a cool city with a lot of history and a bunch of cool buildings. We played a game today vs. Cergy, which is about 10 minutes outside of the city. We won the game 78-54 even though they call traveling a little different here. I think we have improved a lot as a team, especially defensively and we get another chance to improve tomorrow night.

Everyone wants to say thank you to their families for their support. We love you guys and miss you guys a bunch!

Au Revoir
Raymond Taylor

Day 7 Gallery

Today started with a hike up to the top of the Sacre Couer Basilica. It's a Basilica at one of the highest points in Paris and it dates back to the 1200's. We were allowed to sit in on some of Mass.

After going through the Basilica, we toured some of the art stores and galleries in the area, a lot of us bought paintings for ourselves and our family members. We played our final game vs. Rueil, which about 15 minutes away from Paris. We drove through the more modern parts of Paris, including a lot of skyscrapers, which surprised a lot of us.

We started the game off slow and were down 8 at halftime. We came out focused and really locked down defensively in the second half. We were able to hit some big shots at the end of the game and had big defensive stops. We played great defense at the end of the game and were able to win 72-69. Doing all the traveling and sightseeing we have done this trip and still not lose a game gives us a lot of confidence for the season. We are so excited to get home safely and share all of our experiences with our families.

Brett Royster

Final Day Gallery

On our last day of the trip, the coaches gave us most of the morning and afternoon to explore the city on their own. Many of us went to the Louvre, while the others went to some of the shops and other museums in the area.

We met up and as a group took a sunset riverboat tour of the city on the Seine River. It was interesting to see all the people eating wine and cheese on the riverbanks as we took the tour. This has been the trip of a lifetime and we have grown closer both on and off the court. We fly home (Saturday) and we can't wait to get back home.

Thanks to all friends and family who supported us. We miss you guys and can't wait to see you.

Greg Gantt



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