GAME UPDATE 6
Dianjing, China Sunday May 19, 2013
Another comeback comes up just short for the Reach USA as they lost the last game in the six game series to the Atalets Lithunaia 71-69. The USA team held a six point edge at halftime, but were outscored 29-14 in the third. Trailing by as much as ten in the fourth, Reach came back to cut the lead to one and picked up a steal with 8 seconds left but had two shorts blocked.
Alfrid Payton led the team with 24 and Stacy Wilson tossed in 21.
Game 5 Saturday, Kaixian, China
REACH USA 74
After four games of combacks of 10 or more points, the streak has now ended.
Trailing by 15 at the end of the third, Reach made their normal charge by cutting the lead to 9. But that would be as close as they would get in the 101-74 defeat at the hand of the Lithuanian team. The inability to knock down shots in the fourth keep the USA team from staying unbeaten.
The Reach team had 4 players in double figures with TJ Price leading with 18. Elfrid Payton, George Fant, and DJ Johnson had 14.12, and 11 respectively. Payton had 9 rebounds and Fant chipped in with 8. Reach USA is now 3-1-1 heading into tomorrows final contest with the Lithuaniana.
NAME FG-FGA 3P-3PTA FT-FTA ORB DRB TRB A TO ST BS PF TP
SMITH 3-8 0-2 0-2 0 2 2 1 2 1 0 5 6
PRICE 6-12 1-4 5-6 0 2 2 2 1 0 0 1 18
MOORE 1-6 0-0 1-1 4 2 6 1 1 0 0 1 3
JOHNSON 5-11 0-0 1-2 6 0 6 0 1 1 0 3 11
FANT 5-8 0-0 2-3 1 7 8 1 4 1 0 3 12
PAYTON 7-19 0-0 0-2 6 3 9 1 3 2 0 2 14
WILSON 3-10 0-4 0-0 1 3 4 0 3 1 0 1 6
KAMBOLBA 2-3 0-0 0*0 2 1 3 0 2 0 0 3 4
MEYERS 0-3 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
May 17, Friday, Shizhu
Coming out strong for the first time, Reach USA jumped to a ten point lead in the first quarter, only to let the Lithuanian team back into the game. The European squad fought back and grabbed a four point halftime edge. They roared out of the gate in the third and built as much as a ten point lead. However, they were unable to sustain the burst and the lead had dwindled to one at the end of the third. In the fourth, the Reach team began to steadily pull away for an 84-77 win, making their record 3-0-1.
Reach USA was again led by Lousiana@Lafayette point guard, Elfrid Payton with 22 points and 8 assists. Kansas St. power forward, DJ Johnson added a double double of 13 points and 14 rebounds. Western Kentucky guard TJ Price added 18 points including 4 three pointers.
Thursday, May 16; Fengdu
REACH USA 96
ATALETES LITHUANIA 94
For the third straight night, Reach USA overcame a huge deficit to avoid a big loss with a 96-94 win over Ataletes Lithuania 96-94.
Reach trailed by 18 with just over seven minutes to go in the game. Western Kentucky’s T.J. Price hit a three pointer from the top of the key with 15.7 seconds in the game to put the victors up by one. After a failed Lithuanian possession, Stacy Wilson, Murray St. University hit one of two free throws but runs down the missed attempt as time ran out.
This is the third night in the row that Lithuania blew a 16 or more point lead. Reach was led in scoring by Price with 29, followed by Payton of Louisiana-Lafayette and Wilson with 15. Price also grabbed 10 rebounds to collect a double double.
Reach now goes to 2-0-1
UPDATE #2 Wulong, China, Wednesday May 15, 2013
REACH USA 75
(YES- A TIE)
After falling behind by 16 early in the second half, Reach USA made a valiant comeback to have to settle for a 75-75 tie with the Lithuanian team. Elfried Payton sank two free throws with 1.7 seconds left to play to pull the game even. As it seems is common in China, exhibitions can end in a tie.
Reach was again led in scoring by Payton with 22 followed closely by TJ Price with 21 and George Fant with 18. Fant also had the games only double- double.
Reach USA record now is at 1-0-1.
GAME 1 UPDATE, May 14, Quianjiang.
Reach USA 87
Athletas of Lithuania 81
Following a long travel day that got the team to Quianjiang around 4:30 for a 7:30 game, Reach USA fought back for an 87-81 win over Athletas of Lithuania. Down by as much as 16 early in the second half, the US squad went on a run that finished with a six point win.
Reach USA was led in scoring by University of Louisiana@ Lafayette point guard, Elfrid Payton, with 23 points. He also just missed a triple double with 9 assists and 9 rebound. Other double figure scorers were TJ Price of Western Kentucky with 15, George Fant of Western Kentucky with 13, and JP Kambola of Marshall with 10. Kambola also grabbed a team high 14 rebounds.
Reach USA record is now at 1-0.
LITH. 33-66 8-26 7-9 10+23=33 23 19 9 0 - 81
Tuesday Morning,Beijing. It is now 4:50 am and guys are starting to move around as we have to roll out of the hotel at 5:30 am for our 8 am flight. This will be a long day. We have the flight, think about two hours, and a long bus ride. Oh well, time to get started…
The players are an impressive lot so far. Doing all that has been asked, but you can tell they are anxious to really get started. Yesterday, they went to check our Forbidden City and Tianman Square and were hit with the photo opps really quick. They were stopped often for pictures and this is just the beginning.
We have our first game tonight, which will be an interesting one since, we have had one little walk-through. The teams from Lithuania are always good, so this should be a real challenge. Stay Tuned here as well as on the Twitter feed (see left-side menu on this site).
What a time of excitement as we get ready for our first international trip of the summer. Sixteen people will be heading to the Far East for a basketball cultural exchange trip during May 11th-26th.
The team will play eight games during the stay as they have the opportunity to meet many new people and share with them the things that are important in our lives.
The team will be coached by Tom Schuberth, Assistant.Coach at Jacksonville State University and assisted by Gary Forrest, former high school coach in Kentucky.
The team consists of T.J. Price and George Fant of Western Kentucky University; Elfrid Payton of University of Louisiana-Lafayette; D.J. Johnson of Kansas State University; Travis Smith of Mercer University; Stacy Wilson of Murray State University; J.P. Kambola of Marshall University; Josiah Moore of Tennessee Tech University, and Jordan Myers of Campbellsville University.
Love does matter! During this summer, we will go to several different countries. Each country is different in what we can do in terms of openly sharing the Gospel. Some countries are very open, others have a few rules, while others have many rules that dictate what you can or cannot do. What we have learned is that in every country, we can love others. Love does matter!
How does love matter? As a Baptist, I have watched many disagreements over the years in various churches. Now let me say that this is in many churches, not just Baptist. This just happens to be the one I know. For some of the people, it seems that they are proud of this fact. I never did understand it, but would just move on. But, I have come to realize that others don’t move on as easy. Love does matter!
There are many people that are been impacted by all the fussing and negativity. Now I’m not saying that we should never take a firm stand on something that we believe in, I’m saying that it may not be what you say it’s how you say it. Most of our disagreements come over methods and traditions more that the message that is shared. Dr. Scott Wigginton preached a great sermon this past Sunday dealing with staying in our same little worlds. We all like our worlds, but can’t get set in them; however, here is what I don’t understand: Why do we have to disagree so disagreeably? Even on doctrinal issues, why do we feel that an angry tone is the best way to deal with this? Why can’t we disagree in a loving way? No body responds well to this stuff. The more others see this anger and meanness; they don’t hear what we say even if it is Biblical. Love does matter!
John 13:34 says, “So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other.” Jesus tells us that we are to love each other just like He loves us. WOW! What if everything that we did was filled with Jesus love? What kind of difference would that make? Love does matter!
I would like to suggest that you consider what I would like to call “Love Touches.” Every day, look and see how you can touch someone else with God’s love. It may be something small like a smile or opening a door. How about, when you ask someone how they are you truly stop to listen HOW they are. It might also mean putting a halt on our “busy” lives to actually share a little time with someone. It could be as simple as a phone call or card. Someone’s yard might need some cleaning. It might be just sharing what Jesus is doing in your life. You might even get to share with someone how Jesus wants to change their life. You see where I’m going with this? Love does matter!
God wants His love to flow through us just like a water faucet. The supply is endless, but we are the ones that turn it on or off. All we have to do is to be open to let it flow. When we let it flow, folks can drink of that “living water that will forever quench their thirst.” Let it flow. Love does matter!
It now is in your hands. Will you be obedient and allow God to love others through you or will you just be a closed faucet?
Remember, Love Does Matter!
SOFTBALL TO FLORIDA
A group of 14 men headed to Florida for a softball mission trip January 4-12. During this trip, the team went 17-2-2 and saw 67 men indicate decisions for Christ. They went to Putnam CI, Marion CI, Sumtner CI, Avon CI, Charlotte CI, and CFRC.
MEN’S MISSION TRIP TO FLORIDA
A group of ten men from Campbellsville Baptist teamed with Sports Reach for a week long ministry trip the first week of February. The group spent two evenings at the Orlando Rescue Mission feeding dinner, feeding the homeless with FBC of Poinciana, and went to the Charlotte Correctional and Putnam Correctional facilities. At the prisons, the guys led kickball games and took corn hole boards. It was a great time of sharing the Gospel and Bible study. There were three inmates that indicated decisions for Christ.
SOFTBALL MISSION TRIPS TO FLORIDA PRISONS
The trip the first week of March to the prisons was led by Jim Hardy and several guys from the Campbellsville University Football Team. A total of 15 guys visited three prisons, worked at the Orlando Rescue Mission, Osceola Christian Ministry Center and led a worship service at Sumter CI. The team went 9-1 in softball and saw 35 men indicated decisions for Christ.
The second week of March, ten men went to five prisons to play softball and share the Gospel. The team went 19-0 and saw 55 men come to know Jesus. They also spent one day at the ORM.
Men’s slow pitch teams in Kentucky, Tennessee, and Texas have already started their seasons, playing in tournaments and prisons. There are 3 teams in Texas and one each in Kentucky and Tennessee. The girls 12U team and girls 18U fast pitch teams will get their season underway in May.
In addition, the 11U boys baseball team will begin tournament play in May.
What began five years ago as an idea to take shoes to the Eastern Kentucky Area has walked its way to not only Belize but in various areas of Florida. Soon two prisons, encouraged by Col. Shirley Johnson of Charlotte Correctional in Punta Gorda, FL, called and jumped on board. The first one to climb on was Charlotte CI with Hardee Correctional not far behind. In March, we collected 600 shoes from Hardee and we will be heading down in April to collect from Charlotte and a third prison, Avon CI.
Belize has been a destination for the past three years and will be the recipient of more this summer. In addition, shoes are being delivered to a local church along with several rescue missions.
Under the direction of Stan Curry, this ministry has really taken off with the help of Campbellsville University, Lindsey Wilson University, area churches and individuals, college coaches, and several prisons in Florida.
At this point we have over 1300 pairs of shoes and we are wrapping up the finances to buy another 1000 pairs of new shoes. Our goal is 2500 and we feel confident that we will be closer to 3500 when it is all said and done. Wow, the Lord has truly blessed this ministry!
As this ministry has grown, I have begun to see a group of people that are speaking louder through their collection of shoes than many words would have ever spoken. We are going to have the opportunity to ship shoes to Belize and give to several homeless shelters and rescue missions. These will be distributed by churches and the Christian shelters that will then have opportunities to share how much God loves them and has a purpose for their lives. Shoes will be speaking!