Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Regular Season finished...18-12

Reading the defense
Good evening!  We finished our regular season with a great record of 18-12.  We had our last game of the season vs Karsiyaka on Saturday.  We also had a make up game down in Antalya on Tuesday.  Thus ending our season with an 18-12 record.  In the Karsiyaka game we ended up winning 81-64.  It was a great win for our club.   I finished the game with 14 points (3-4 2fg, 2-6 3fg, 2-2 ft), 10 assists, and 1 rebound.  We followed that up with a win down in Antalya 103-73.  I ended with 10 points (1-4 2fg, 1-4 3fg, 5-6 ft), 14 assists, and 1 rebound.

It was an unbelievable year for our team.  I am extremely proud of how our team played and competed every night we stepped on the floor.  Now it is time for playoffs.  We are the 7th seed and will be playing Efes who is the 2nd seed.  Playoffs start May 18th.  First round of playoffs series is best of 3 (need to win 2 games).  Really excited and looking forward to the opportunity to play!  Thats all from Turkey for now.  Have a wonderful day!  God Bless.. Isaiah 60:19-20 

Monday, April 29, 2013


Good afternoon!  It is an absolutely beautiful day here in Ankara.  We have had 2 games since I last posted.  We have been on the road 5 days and then I spent another night in Istanbul after the game.  Haven't been around my computer at all.  Two weeks ago we played on the road in Mersin and came away with a 94-91 win.  I had 16 points (5-8 2fg, 2-5 3fg), 9 assists, and 1 rebound.  That put our record to 16-12.  Then we flew directly to Istanbul after the game on Wednesday because we played Besiktas on Saturday.

Pick n roll
The Besiktas game was crazy.  We lost in double overtime 110-105.  Both teams were battling!  There were buzzer beaters, clutch shots, and intensity throughout the entire game.  I ended up playing 48 minutes that game and was exhausted afterwards.  I had a nice double double with 20 points (5-7 2fg, 2-6 3fg, 4-6 ft), 16 assists, and 5 rebounds.  That put our record at 16-13 with one game to play in the regular season.  Our next game is at home vs Karsiyaka on Saturday.  It will be the last game before playoffs start.  We have 7th place locked up no matter what, so we will be the 7th seed in playoffs playing the number 2 seed.

Hope everyone is doing well back home!  It is unbelievable that within a month I will be back home and have finished my 4th professional season.  Time sure flies by when your having fun!  Take care and God Bless!  Isaiah 33:22

Sunday, April 21, 2013

3 in a row

Bring the ball up
Happy Sunday everyone!  Since I last blogged we have had 2 games.  One on the road vs Erdimer and the other at home last night vs Turk Telekom.  We one both games extending our winning streak to 3.  The game vs Erdimer came down to the wire.  Our team pulled out a win 84-82.  I ended the game with 15 points (3-5 2fg, 3-4 3fg, 0-2 ft), 6 rebounds, and 5 assists.  That put our record to 14-12 heading into last nights game vs Turk Telekom.

Last night we came away with a 84-77 win.  We were in control most of the game leading by as many as 20.  However Turk Telekom fought back hard in the 4th quarter and made it a 7 point game at the end.  I had 15 points (1-5 2fg, 3-4 3fg, 4-7 ft), 9 assists, and 1 rebound.  After that game we have won 3 in a row and our record is 15-12.  We have 3 games left of the season and then playoffs start.  Our last 3 games of the year are: 1. Mersin on the road.  2. Beskitas on the road.  3. Karsiyaka at home for the last game of the year.  Looking forward to finishing the season strong and head into playoffs with a good mind set.

Driving, And 1
I have to give a couple S/O (shoutouts) on my blog this time.  First, to my sister Bryn for her 2 wins with her AAU team down in Chicago this weekend.  This is the first tourney of the year for them and they are off to a hot start.  Also, I wanted to thank her for presenting my tile to the Wall of Inspiration down in AL this past week.  Thank you Bryn you are an amazing sister and I love following your career both academically and athletically!  My other S/O goes to my wifey... She is dominating her photography business here in Ankara, Turkey!  She is working her tail off and I can see her continuing to get better and better as a photographer (check out her awesome website GO AJ!!  Have a blessed Sunday everyone! God Bless.. Proverbs 28:6 & Proverbs 28:20

Attacking the big

Wednesday, April 10, 2013


Driving & he was arguing there was no foul haha! 
Good afternoon from Ankara, Turkey!  We have had 2 games since I last posted.  Our game vs Efes two weeks ago I did not play in.  I had an injury to my foot that kept me out of the line up.   We ended up losing that game.  Our next game was last Saturday vs Olin at home.  I suited up and play in that game.  We came away with a 89-85 win.  It was a great win for us to give us some breathing room from the 8th place team.  We are currently in 7th place and two games ahead of the 8th place spot.  Last game I had 13 points (4-7 2fg, 1-3 3fg, 2-2 ft), 9 assists, and 1 rebound.  Our next game is on Saturday vs. Erdemir on the road.  We will have to be ready to compete and play hard.  Looking forward to playing again.

We have 5 games left of the season and then playoffs.  It is crazy how fast the season is going.  AJ is busy with photography.  She has a photoshoot every weekend until we leave.  Her clientele is growing significantly, and I am extremely proud of her.  She will be in Fargo this summer, if you are around the area and need a photographer contact her at  I hope you all have a blessed and amazing Wednesday!  God Bless.. Proverbs 10:4 

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Great win

Surveying the court
Good morning from Turkey!  Quick update on our game last Saturday vs Aliaga.  We won a very important and exciting game 80-76.  The win was huge for us and it ended our 2 game losing streak.  Our record stands at 12-11 and still in 7th place.  We really moved the ball well and played as a team, which led to four guys in double figures.  I had my first double double of the year with 14 points (1-5 2fg, 1-3 3fg, 9-12 ft), 10 assists, and 7 rebounds.  Our next game is on Sunday vs Efes.  Efes is a very solid team and it will be a tough game for us.  They are currently tied for 3rd in the league.  I am looking forward to heading up to Istanbul this weekend.

It is crazy that we only have 6 games of the regular season left.  Time sure flies by when your having fun :)!  Go check out my wife's blog update on her website  She has a new amazing photoshoot that she posted.  She has been getting a lot of notoriety here in Turkey and has photoshoots every weekend here until we leave.  If you are looking for a photographer for the summer months back home I highly suggest you contact her.  Have a great day!  Ciao... God Bless! Psalm 100:3-4

Friday, March 22, 2013

Two game skid

Drive and kick
Good morning everyone!  I wanted to fill you in on our last couple games.  We have dropped 2 straight games now.  First we lost to Galatasaray who was in 3rd place at the time 86-94.  For 3 1/2 quarters we played solid ball.  We just couldn't pull out a win at the end.  That game I had 14 points (1-5 2fg, 4-5 3fg) 8 assists, and 3 rebounds.  The following week we played on the road vs Antalya and lost 93-100. We played terrible defensively and could not manage to get any defensive stops when we needed to.  Letting a team score 100 points is unacceptable.  I had 17 points (4-8 2fg, 2-5 3fg, 3-6 ft) 9 assists, and 4 rebounds.  Hopefully we can get back on track for our game tomorrow vs Aliaga.  Our record stands at 11-11 still in 7th place.  Looking forward to playing again this Saturday.

Baseline drive
How is everyones NCAA bracket going?  It feels like I say this every year after the first round but my bracket is finished already!  This is definitely one of the best times of the year.  Watching basketball all day long!  Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy the tourney!  God Bless.. Psalm 73:25-27

Friday, March 8, 2013

Big Win

Good afternoon everyone!  Sorry for not keeping you in the loop as much as I would like.  I have had the pleasure of having my mom and sister over here visiting this past week.  It has been amazing getting the chance to see them again and show them the country of Turkey.  We have been showing them all around Ankara, taking them out to eat, and enjoying quality time together.  My wife and have I been blessed to see her parents, my parents, and sister this year.

On the basketball side of things we had a game last week vs Hacettepe.  We came away with a 92-85 win.  It was a hard fought game by both teams.  This win puts our record at 11-9 and in 7th place alone.  In this game I had 17 points (3-4 2fg, 3-4 3fg, 2-2 ft), 9 assists, and 3 rebounds.  Our next game is tomorrow, which my mom and sister will be able to watch.  We are hosting Galatasaray out of Istanbul.  They are currently in 3rd place in the league.  It will be a tough game for us but we are looking forward to it.

On some other news my wife has done numerous photo shoots here in Turkey.  If you want to check them out go to  If you are in the Fargo area this summer and are looking for a photographer my wife is definitely someone you should contact.  As I stated before my mom and sister are over here so I am going get off this computer and spend more time with them!  Oh yeah and good luck to the NDSU Mens Bball squad as they compete in the Summit League tourney starting Sunday.  NCAA bound??!!  Have a blessed and wonderful Friday!  Psalm 33:11-12