Aug. 11, 2008
The first game of the Score International trip for Auburn's Lucas Hargrove and the US team perhaps was the toughest game as the US lost to the Dominican Republic national team 77-49 Friday. The national team had three NBA players in Larry Turner (LA Lakers), Al Horford (Atlanta Hawks) and Fransico Garcia (Sacromento Kings).
Given that the US had limited practice time and no game experience together, there inexperience showed in the opening quarter of the game. As the US shot a mere 22 percent from the field while the national team shot 47 percent from the field, the team found itself down early and was never able to overcome the deficit. Leading scorer was Rayvern Johnson with 17 and Marcas Allen finished the game with 6 points and 8 rebounds.
The one shining moment of the game occurred in the third quarter when Jerai Grant had a thunderous dunk that brought the crowd of 5000 Dominican's to their feet.
The game received a tremendous amount of exposure as it was broadcast nationally on television, on the highlight shows that evening and in the newspapers as well.
Day 3 began with a trip to Jumbo's Superstore to stock up on food and supplies to deliver to a small village outside the city of San Pedro. As the bus rolled down the dirt roads, kids began to run along side and were eager to meet the players.
The players were given a tour of the village hand in hand with children of the village. Though none of the Score International team could speak Spanish causing a language barrier, many words were spoken through laughter and hand signs. Each family received a bag of food that will feed the family for at least a week. This gave our guys a good appreciation for the amount of food that they consume daily.
On Saturday afternoon, Score International got back to basketball
playing its second game in the capital city, San Domingo, with the US
winning 67-65. The team was led by Demontz Stitta with 17 points while
Auburn's Lucas Hargrove had 16 points and Rayvern Johnson added 13. AJ
Jackson had 10 rebounds and Elgin Bailey 8 boards. Josh Slater (6) and
Will Poule (8) both contributed in the scoring column including two key
The Score International team will face the Dominican National *B* Team Sunday night.