Monday, March 29, 2010

Road Trip

Hey evening everyone! How are you doing? I am currently sitting in my living room watching a Minnesota Twins spring game which means it will start getting nice out again. I am a big Twins fan and I am pretty excited to see them play in the new Target Field, and also watch our star Joe Mauer play. Sorry I haven't updated my blog recently, we have been on the road and my internet service has been terrible on the road. Its not quite the same hotels as back home. I want to talk to you about our French Cup game that we played and also our French League game that we played last night.

Starting with the French Cup game, we had to play Asvel again for the 4th time this year down at their place. We had lost the 2 previous games down there but this time it was a different story. It was a back and forth game and it eventually came down to the last couple possessions that decided the game. The score was 71-70 we were down by 1 with 20 seconds to go. Our 2 guard Yannick Bokolo had the ball with a few seconds remaining and drove to the basket and made a lay-up plus the foul. He converted on the free throw and we ended up winning by 2 73-71. This now means that we are in the final 8 for the French Cup Championship.

Our league game last night was a completely different story. We ended up losing to Roanne 101-73. It was a terrible game for us and frustrating for me personally. It seemed like we had no flow during the game. It was a frustrating shooting night for myself were I found myself going 0-6 from 3FG. It was just one of those nights where nothing was falling, and very frustrating. I am really looking forward to Friday to play again and bounce back. We were really disappointed in how we played and looking to redeem ourselves on Friday. We are currently tied for 3rd place in our league now. We have 6 games left in the regular season and then playoffs. But, since we only play 1 game a week those 6 games will take a month and a half to play. We play Dijon on Friday. We played them earlier in the year and came away with a 2 point win down at their place. It will be a tough game for us and the way we played yesterday anything can happen. Looking forward to the game on Friday. Again sorry for the delay in the blog updates, just got back this morning from a 6 day road.

I hope you all are having a wonderful week. I want to give a shout out to the Fab 4 from NDSU, checkerfred, tweeter, jv, and the rest of the guys, your in my prayers bros! Have a wonderful night and will update again soon....I promise! haha :). God Bless (Joshua 1:9)

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Tied for 2nd

Good afternoon! It is another gorgeous day in France and I am loving the sun. This afternoon I am cleaning my place and watching some NCAA March Madness. On Friday we played Vichy at home and we came away with a win. We had lost to them down in Vichy earlier in the year so it was nice to get a win back at home. Our record stands at 16-7 and in a tie for 2nd place. The two teams above us (Cholet and Le Mans) both lost, so now we are tied with Cholet for 2nd and one game out of first place Le Mans. We had 4 guys in double figures. I had 12 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 assists. Cyril lead the way with 17 points, JK Edwards had 13 and Tony Stanley had 11. The final score was 72-61, we had a 20 point lead mid way through the 3rd quarter however Vichy has a lot of fight and they battled back in the 4th quarter. The closest they got was 9 points in the 4th quarter but we eventually knocked down free throws and came away with a great win that we needed.

Our next game is Wednesday for a French Cup game and then we play again on Sunday vs Roanne for a French League game. I hope everyone is having a wonderful Sunday. I am going to make some lunch and watch some college basketball. God Bless (Joshua 1:9)

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Game vs Cholet

Hey everyone!! Sorry I am a little late on letting you know how our game went down in Cholet. I have been busy traveling around France with AJ. I am going to get right down to it, we ended up winning down in Cholet in an incredible game. I am going to fast forward all the way to the 4th quarter when we were down by 2 with 20 seconds to go. I had the ball and went by my defender all the way to the hoop and missed a left handed lay-up with 11.2 seconds to go on the clock. However, at the same time one of our players had gotten hit in the back of the head so the ref's stopped the game to make sure he was alright. After the ref's stopped the game Cholet ended up calling a timeout to get the ball at half court. With 11.2 seconds to go Cholet was trying to get the ball in bounds but we played great defense and they ended up getting a 5 second call. So we got the ball at half court, and ended up getting the ball in play to Juby Johnson and he dribbled it up the court and with about 5 seconds to go he launched a 3-pointer and it was nothing but net. We went a head by 1 point and Cholet couldn't convert on the other end. It was a great game for our team, we all played together and stuck together and came out with a victory. We are currently still in 3rd place with the win however we are only 1 game out of 2nd place (Cholet) now and 2 games out of 1st place. Below is the last shot that Juby made.... ENJOY!!! I will be updating the blog again after our game on Friday. I am going to get going, but I hope you have a wonderful day. God Bless :)!! (Joshua 1:9)

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Great Win

Good Afternoon... So I finally decided to update my blog.. I have been lazy I will just admit it. We played Hyeres-Toulen on Saturday and we came away with a great win. We had lost the previous 2 games so it was nice having the feeling of a win again. We came away with a 96-82 win. It was a tie ball game going into half time at 41 all. In the second half we finally got on a little bit of a roll and extended the lead and ultimately won the game by double digits. Hyeres-Toulen is a great offensive team and they have a number of guys that are very effective on the offensive end. We collectively started to have a better defensive effort in the 2nd half and thats what helped us push up the lead. Yannick Bokolo lead the way with 22 points and 5 rebounds. JK Edwards had 16 points and 6 rebounds. I had 14 points, 10 assists, and 5 rebounds. Cyril was the final guy in double figures with 10 points and 4 rebounds. Our offense was effective on Saturday in all categories which helped us put up 96 points. Overall it was a great win for us and our record stands at 14-7 tied for 3rd place.

This coming Saturday we play Cholet who is ranked 2nd in the league with a 16-5 record. We are on the road and it is going to be a great game. They are a great team and we will need to be playing our best offensively but more importantly we will need to play some solid defense. I am looking forward to playing another game. I just wish we had more than 1 game a week, I get to impatient with only 1 game a week haha. On another note my girlfriend is coming out to visit for spring break which will be nice since I haven't had a visitor since Christmas. I always enjoy company so it will be a great time and I am looking forward to it.

Below are a couple pictures from our game on Saturday. As you can see our fans enjoy it when we interact with them so we always go hit the drums after the games just to show our appreciation for them coming out and supporting us. If anyone would like to see anything different, have questions, want to find out something more specific, etc etc you can leave a comment below or hit me up via facebook or twitter. I will definitely respond to you and I would like some feedback good or bad (I can take criticism, I had Coach Miles as a college coach, haha just kidding Coach I enjoyed every minute of it..well almost every minute ;)) Speaking of Coach Miles, congrats to Miles at Colorado State for getting the most wins the team has seen in a decade. I hope you all have a wonderful day and God Bless!! (Joshua 1:9)

Monday, March 1, 2010

New Teammate

Good afternoon everyone! I just got back from our practice this morning and the first person I shake hands with is Julius "Juby" Johnson. Juby is our new teammate for the remainder of the year. He was playing in Croatia where he was on the same team for 5 years and won some championship's with them. He is an off-guard that can shoot, penetrate and is known for his defense. I think it will be a great addition for us and we are all excited to have him on the team.

Thats all I have for you right now. Just wanted to give you a quick update on our new teammate. Again I hope everyone is doing well back home. One other side note, my sister is playing in her first ever section game for Varsity on Wednesday vs Red Wing. If you see her or any other girls from the bball team, give them a shout out and wish them good luck. Take care. God Bless (Joshua 1:9)