Men's Basketball

A Valencian Day Off

The Race -  Ayodeji Egbeyemi (not in photo), Ashley Hamilton (5), Griffin Reilly (2)
The Race - Ayodeji Egbeyemi (not in photo), Ashley Hamilton (5), Griffin Reilly (2)

Aug. 23, 2010

Inside the Lions From Spain - featuring Quincy Lawson
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VALENCIA - The LMU men's basketball team got a much needed day off, their first full day of rest since arriving in Spain six days prior. After flying for 18 hours and playing three games in three days, the day off in the beach city was perfect timing.

From a race in the pool, to a swim in the Mediterranean Sea, to tours of historic old town Valencia, there was something for everyone.

Many took an opportunity to sit on the soft sandy beaches, taking in a moderate temperature of the Mediterranean as a break for the 90-plus degree day in Valencia. Others headed to a pool, where a race took place between Ayodeji Egbeyemi, Ashley Hamilton and Griffin Riley. Check out Lions All-Access to see the race and the winner.

Others took to the sites of downtown Valencia, which included Catedral Campanario El Miguelete, which is home to what many believe to be the Holy Grail. Belief in the Grail and interest in its potential location has been a long debated mystery. Ownership has been attributed to various groups (including the Knights Templar, probably because they were at the peak of their influence around the time that Grail stories started circulating in the 12th and 13th centuries).

There are cups claimed to be the Grail in several churches including the one in Valencia, which contains an artifact, the Holy Chalice, supposedly taken by Saint Peter to Rome in the first century, and then to Huesca in Spain by Saint Lawrence in the 3rd century. According to legend, the monastery of San Juan de la Peña, located at the south-west of Jaca, in the province of Huesca, Spain, protected the chalice of the Last Supper from the Islamic invaders of the Iberian Peninsula.

Other sites included the original city wall gate Torres de Serranos, Palacio de la Generalitat, Torre de Santa Catalina, Iglesia de San Agustin, Plaza de la Porta de la Mar and Plaza de Toros, the bull fighting venue in Valencia.

The Lions will head out on another four-hour drive on Monday, heading to their final destination, Barcelona.

In the latest Inside the Lions from Spain, redshirt freshman Quincy Lawson talks about his first trip out of the United States, and meeting Team USA. Team USA played in Madrid Sunday night at the same stadium they met the Lions on Wednesday of last week. LMU spent the evening watching Team USA beat Spain from the hotel before heading to a "family-style" meal wth the entire traveling party.

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