On The Road To Valencia
Men's basketball travels 350km to Valencia, earns third win in three days.
Aug. 22, 2010
VALENCIA - Some things when traveling as a collegiate basketball team don't change, regardless of the country - road trips. And it's no different for the LMU men's basketball as they continued their international tour through Spain with a four-plus hour bus ride to the beach city of Valencia.
Traveling roughly 350km (220 miles) toward the coast of the Mediterranean Sea, the Lions arrived in Spain's third largest city around 3 p.m. Typical of any road trip, the turnaround time for the next game was not much.
Downtown Valencia was a blur.
Valencia, with a population of over 800,000, is integrated into an industrial area on the Costa del Azahar. Its main festival, the Falles, is known worldwide, while the traditional dish, paella, originated around Valencia. The city contains a dense monumental heritage, but its landmark is undoubtedly the City of Arts and Sciences, an avant-garde and futuristic museum complex.
Passing the City of Arts and Sciences, the Lions arrived to Fuente de San Luis, a 10,000-seat arena, for their third game in three days.
Taking on yet another established club program, LMU defeated Power Electronics Valencia EBA, 89-60, that was as much about fighting through exhaustion after three games in three days on the road, as it was battling the sharp-shooting Valencia team.
"We knew that playing our third game in three days, and with a long bus ride, we would be fighting through some fatigued," said Head Coach Max Good. "Considering, we played pretty well. I was happy with the way we fought through that, but we also found some areas we need to really work on, mainly our defense."
Drew Viney led the Lions with 24 points, including a 10-point third quarter in which the Lions took a lead as large as 37 points. Viney went 10-for-19 from the field with four rebounds and five steals.
Freshman Ayodehi Egbeyemi and sophomore Ashley Hamilton each went for double-doubles, going 14 points each, while adding 10 and 11 rebounds, respectively. Senior Vernon Teel added 13 points, nine assists and two steals.
The Lions actually trailed for the first time on the trip, 6-5, early in the first quarter. LMU would go on a 12-0 run to take a 17-5 and looked to be pulling away. However, Valencia managed to cut the lead to six at the end of the quarter, 24-18, thanks in large part to four of their nine three-pointers in the game.
It was all LMU in the second quarter as they held Valencia to just six points while putting up 23. Viney, Teel and LaRon Armstead sparked the second half run as they scored six, five and five points, respectively. The run saw the Lions take a 47-24 lead into the lockerroom and Valencia would not get any closer.
The Lions will not play again until Tuesday or Wednesday in Barcelona, with the team attending a class with Professor John Riley in the morning and then having the rest of the day to explore the city and the vast beaches of Valencia.
In the latest edition of Inside the Lions from Spain, redshirt junior Tim Diederichs talks about venturing further than Canada for the first time and one of the funnier moments on the trip. In addition, catch highlights of last night's game against Valencia.