Men's Basketball

Lions Finish With A Hot One

Vernon Teel cools off with some ice cream.
Vernon Teel cools off with some ice cream.

Aug. 26, 2010

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BARCELONA -- The Loyola Marymount men's basketball team finished their 2010 International Tour: Destination Spain with a hot one, as temperatures passed 95 degrees with the humidity near 100-percent. The heat followed the Lions all day as they finished touring of the city and then played their final game.

The final tour of the trip started early, but the heat was already starting out strong. THe Lions toured the work of Antoni Gaudi, including the famous Guell Park and the Sagrada Familia.

Guell Park was designed by Gaudi as a commercial housing site. It has since been converted into a municipal garden and is home go Gaudi's house, "la Torre Rosa."

Following the park, the team went to Sagra Familia, a towering Roman Cathedral that has been under construction since the mid-1800s. Gaudi worked on te cathedral for 40 years, devoting the last 15 years of his life solely to its completion. Construction continues today.

Following the tour, the Lions had most of the day to rest for the final game against Servindustia Tarragona 2017.

Tarragona sits about an hour and a half away from Barcelona but the heat didn't go away. The Lions arrived to the tiny gym, with the heat in the building at over 85 degrees and humidity at better than 90 percent.

With no air movement and no air conditioning, the gym grew warmer as the game began and would end up being canceled at the start of the fourth quarter due to the floor becoming more like an ice rink than a basketball floor.

The Lions will head home, departing the hotel at 6 a.m. in Spain and arriving home in Los Angeles at 4 p.m., Friday.

Listen to the latest Inside the Lions Special from Spain as Vernon Teel talks about the trip, its impact on the team and how he beat the heat.

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