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And now the Lord shew kindness and truth unto you: and I also will requite you this kindness, because ye have done this thing.
~ 2 Samuel 2:6

ROBBY’S CORNER: REACH USA KICKS OFF ANOTHER TRIP TO FAR EAST

05.07.2014
This year marks the 21st year of taking teams into the Far East. Teams have traveled in men and women’s basketball, women’s fast pitch softball, men’s baseball, martial arts and aerobics. From high school to college to “beyond college”, athletes have experienced the joy and thrill of traveling in an amazing area.

It has been such a joy to see an area grow. The changes that have come over the years are just remarkable. It was an area that was “black and white” that is now in “color.”

Most important is seeing the lives of people changed. Many there have come to know what God’s love is all about, but just as important are the changed lives of the ones that have gone. It never fails that those that go with an agenda of their own, come back seeing the world from “His eyes.”

You may never get to go into the Far East, but you can go outside of your yard. There are people next door to you that are hurting and need to know how much God loves them. You may not be called to travel into another part of the world, but you can travel into another part of you town. Many people this summer will have the opportunity to minister to those that are down and out with no place to eat or sleep. We realize how tough they have it. But let’s not forget, those that are hurting that are living behind the nice house and drive the new car. The façade of wealth only disguises the hurt for a short time. Don’t look on the outside and think all is well.

I pray that this summer is one that God takes you special places. Maybe not going far with your feet, but traveling a long way with your heart!

A group of 16 will be heading for a basketball trip to the Far East. The team will play eight games against various pro teams in the country.

Head Coach: Tom Schuberth;
(Assistant Coach at Jacksonville St. University)
Assistant Coach Coach: Gary Forrest

Players:
Cameron Payne, Murray State University;
Dominique Hawkins, University of Kentucky;
Darion Rackly, Jacksonville State University;
Aaron Cosby, University of Illinois;
Brandon Parrish, Texas Christian University;
Karvair Shepherd, Texas Christian University;;
Clark Lammert, Texas Tech University;
CJ Godfrey, Southern University;
Tyrell Ware, Virginia Intermont;
Jordan Myers, Campbellsville University

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GAME 9: Atletis Lithuania, 90 | Reach USA, 86

Down by 15 with 5 to go in the fourth, Reach USA made a big comeback only to fall short as they lost 90-86 to the Lithuania team. A tough shooting night put the team in a hole, but they did not quit as they fought back to within 3 with 6 seconds to go but were unable to pull off the victory. The team was lead in scoring by Brandon Parrish (TCU) with 22 points and also had 12 rebounds. Clark Lammert(Texas Tech) led the team in rebounding with 13.

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GAME 8: REACH USA, 89 | ATLETAS LITHUANIA, 72

Overcoming a long day of travel and having little time before the beginning of the game, the Reach USA came out slow offensively but pulled away with with an 89-21 win over the team that had beaten them the first three games.  Using a bulldog defense to overcome a 7 point hole, the squad outscored the opponent 30-15 in the second quarter leading to the 17 point victory. Reach was led by a huge performance from Karvair Shepherd (TCU) who had 23 points, 11 rebounds, 2 steals, and 3 blocked shots. Aaron Cosby (Illinois) dropped in 21 points and CJ Godfrey(Southers) grabbed a game high 18 rebounds.

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GAME 7: LITHUANIA ALL STARS, 101 | REACH USA, 84

Both teams came out hot with the Lithuanians taking a 29-26 first quarter lead and pulled away for a 101-84 win. A great crowd say the All Stars gradually pull away on the strength of 12 three pointers. Reach was led in scoring by Kaviar Shepherd (TCU) 15 then Brandon Parrish (TCU) with 14. They were followed by Darion Rackey (Jacksonville St.) and Aaron Cosby (Illinois) with 13. CJ Godfrey (Southern) led in rebounding with 12 while Dominique Hawkins (Kentucky) pulled an additional 11.

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Game 6: Reach USA, 98 | Lithuania All Stars, 94

Led by Cameron Payne’s(Murray St.) 34 points, Reach USA defeated Lithuanian All Stars 98-94. Down by six at half, the USA team jumped up by 3 at the end of the third. However, the Lithuanian team took  an 8 point lead with 6 to go, but could not hold on as Reach came back for the win. CJ Godfrey(Southern) pitched in 22 and added 12 rebounds. The team is now 3-3 and on a three game winning streak.

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Game 5: Reach USA defeats Jinjiang 95-81

Coming back after a good performance the night before, Reach USA was ready for a test. They led after 6 at the first and never looked back for 95-81. Aaron Cosby (Illinois) dropped 26 points behind 8 threes. CJ Godfrey (Southern) tossed in 20. Godfrey had 11 rebounds while Cam Payne tossed 9 dimes.

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GAME 4: REACH USA, 87 | LITHUANIA, 75

Starting slow again, Reach USA trailed by 5 at the end of the first quarter only to see the “D” get turned up and get an 87-75 win. The team was led by Dominque Hawkins (Kentucky) with 27 while CJ Godfrey (Southern) had a stat stuffer night.  CJ had 16 points, 15 rebounds, 5 steals, and 7 blocks. Aaron Cosby(Illinois) chipped in with 13 while Karviar Shepherd (TCU) had 9 rebounds. Cameron Payne(Murray St. ) had 7 assists.

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GAME 3: ATLETAS LITHUANIA, 97 | REACH USA, 85

Still the inability to make shots is hurting the Reach team as the Lithuanian crew got a 97-85 win.  The slow start that saw the USA group be down by 13 at the end of the first quarter was to much to overcome. Reach was led by Aaron Cosby (Illinois) 27 points and Karvair Shepherd (TCU) 17.Brandon Parrish (TCU) led in rebounding with 6.

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Game #2: REACH USA LOSES SECOND TOUGH ONE

Wednesday, May 14
(in Beibei, China)

Game Notes:
Trailing in the second half by 14, Reach USA roared back to take a 7 point lead only to see it fade down the stretch in this 88-82 loss against Atletas of Lithuania. The Atletas is a top division professional team in Lithuania who made big plays at the end to stop the comeback win. Reach was led in scoring by Aaron Cosby (Illinois) with 19 followed by Cameron Payne (Murray St.). Clark Lammert (Texas Tech) led the team in rebounding with 12.

NAME

FG-FGA

3PT-3PA

FT-FTA

0RB

DRB

TRB

A

TO

S

BS

PF

TP

PAYNE

7-13

3-7

0-0

0

2

2

3

1

0

0

4

17

RACKLEY

3-12

0-4

1-1

1

1

2

1

0

5

0

5

7

PARRISH

1-8

0-2

1-2

0

3

3

0

0

1

0

0

3

LAMMERT

1-4

0-1

1-2

2

10

12

1

2

1

0

3

3

GODFREY

5-12

0-0

3-4

1

4

5

2

2

4

1

1

13

SHEPHERD

1-7

0-0

2-4

1

5

6

0

0

0

1

3

4

HAWKINS

4-9

0-0

0-2

2

5

7

2

0

2

0

2

8

COSBY

4-12

1-3

10-12

2

4

6

0

5

1

0

2

19

WARE

3-5

0-0

0-0

1

1

2

1

1

0

0

1

6

MYERS

1-2

0-1

0-0

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

2

30-84(35.7)

4-18(22.2)

18-27(66.7)

11

35

46

10

11

14

2

21

82

ATLETUS

31-65

10-29

16-21

7

34

41

17

11

1

1

-

88

47.7

34.5

76.2

Game #1: REACH USA FALLS SHORT

Tuesday, May 13

The guys have had a great time and have been able to do a lot of things. The games have been a little challenging but they have battled. Just have not have some shots fall at the right time. We are playing a good team from Lithuania that reminds me a lot of the Princeton type of basketball. Cut, cut, and shot threes. We play them again tonight and two more times next week.

Game Notes:
Reach USA ran into a torrid night of shooting by the Lithuanian team and fell 97-92. The USA squad fell behind by 14 early and cut it to 2 on several occasions but could not complete the comeback as they gave up 16 threes.

NAME

FG-FGA

3P-3PA

FT-FTA

ORB

DRB

TRB

A

TO

S

BS

PF

TP

HAWKINS

3-7

0-0

0-4

4

1

5

3

1

3

0

2

6

STEPHENS

1-7

0-0

0-0

5

1

6

1

2

1

2

2

2

GODFREY

3-8

0-0

1-2

2

6

8

1

0

2

4

2

7

PAYNE

7-19

2-6

1-1

1

3

4

2

3

5

0

1

17

COSBY

9-25

2-7

7-7

2

1

3

3

2

1

0

1

27

PARRISH

7-10

1-1

0-2

2

5

7

0

1

2

1

1

15

RACKLEY

3-7

0-1

0-0

3

1

4

0

1

2

1

1

6

LAMMERT

2-5

0-1

0-0

4

2

6

0

0

1

0

0

4

MYERS

1-1

0-0

0-0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

WARE

3-6

0-0

0-0

0

2

2

1

2

0

0

1

6

TOTALS

39-95(41.5)

5-16(31.3)

9-16(56.3)

23

22

45

11

12

17

8

11

92

OPP

37-70(52.9)

16-27(59.3)

7-9(77.8)

10

28

38

23

13

8

5

1

97

 

 

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