|Victor Oladipo, Indiana University, traveled to China in 2011. Drafted 2nd pick in the first round of NBA draft by Orlando Magic.|
|Peyton Siva, University of Louisville, traveled to China in 2010. Drafted with the 56th pick in the 2nd round in the NBA draft by the Detroit Pistons.|
|Aaron White, University of Iowa, traveled to Brazil in 2012. Selected to play on the USA Jr. National Team at the World University Games in Russia.|
|Elfrid Payton, University of Louisiana-Lafayette, traveled to China 2013. Selected to play on the USA 19U team in the FIBA 19U World Championships in Czech Republic.|
|Jordan Hulls, Indiana University, traveled to China in 2011 and has officially signed a contract to play for Energa Czarni Slupsk, a professional basketball club based in Slupsk, Poland|
Continue to pray for others that are playing in the NBA Summer Leagues and preparing for tryouts and opportunities.
After a one year hiatus, it was off to the amazing land of China. Sixteen people made up the party that spent May 11-26 on this exciting trip.
The team played seven games during finishing with 4-2-1 record. They played a team from Lithuania, going 3-2-1, and finishing with the pro team from Jianjisu, winning the only game. This was an interesting team in that they trailed every game by ten or more in the second half and only loss twice.
Along with the games, the team had a great opportunity to experience the culture of China with site seeing, travel, and local foods. Add to this the wonderful time of getting to know the gracious folks in China and it made for a great trip.
Here are some comments from some of the guys:
“It was an amazing trip.”
“Getting closer to God was the most important part of the trip for me.”
“At first, it was about playing good competition but as the trip went on, I really grew closer to God.”
“Now I truly understand what it means to follow Jesus. I never really knew that He had a plan for me.”
“To be honest, it was flat out fun.”
GAME 7 Baotou, China (Inner Mongolia)
Thursday May 23
REACH USA 104
JIANGSU 98 OT
Thanks to a Travis Smith three-pointer from the corner at the buzzer, Reach USA finally got to experience an overtime game. With that, the team pulled off a 104-98 overtime win over Jiangsu. The Chinese team finished third in the NBL pro league this year and came in ready for a big win in front of a great local crowd. Reach was able to hold a four point lead at half only to see if dwindle to a nine point deficit. Applying a full court press, the US team came back tie and go on to a big win. Reach USA was led in scoring by Elfried Payton with 28, followed by TJ Price with 25. Payton also led the way with 9 rebounds. Reach USA finished the tour with a 4-2-1 record. PTL!
NAME FG-FGA 3PT-3PA FT-FTA ORB +DRB=TRB A TO S BS PF TP
PRICE 9-21 3-9 4-7 2+4=6 2 2 4 0 4 25
FANT 4-9 – 3-8 2+3=5 2 1 2 1 3 11
PAYTON 10-16 1-3 7-9 2+7=9 8 2 2 0 1 28
JOHNSON 4-6 - - 2+3=5 3 1 0 2 5 8
MOORE 4-10 0-2 2-2 5+1=6 1 2 4 0 3 10
SMITH 4-6 2-3 - 0+3=3 4 1 3 0 4 10
WILSON 2-7 1-6 - 1+1=2 4 4 1 0 2 5
KAMBOLA 1-2 - 0-2 1+0=1 0 1 0 1 1 2
MEYERS 2-7 1-4 - 2+3=5 1 0 0 0 2 5
TOTALS 40-84 8-27 16-28 17+25=42 25 14 16 4 25 104
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).