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Men's basketball team learn, compete during Puerto Rico trip

by Brad Miller

Shield Staff

The Rochester University men’s basketball team took a trip to Puerto Rico in December 2019 to play in a tournament and to learn more about the U.S. territory. The team enjoyed exciting nightlife and beautiful waterfalls, and the experience is one that players say they will remember for the rest of their lives.


Andre Johnson, junior guard from New Baltimore, said, “The experience was great because I got to do it with the team. It opens up your perspective on how others live from their homes to the food they eat on the daily."


The tournament was from Dec. 16-22, and the Warriors faced two of Puerto Rico's top teams: the University of Puerto Rico—Mayaguez and Interamericana University. The Warirors defeated both teams with a final score of 63-54 against Puerto Rico—Mayaguez and 75-58 over Interamericana.


In addition to the basketball competition, the team enjoyed activities such as karaoke, swimming, and attending parties hosted at the hotel. Sixteen players went on the trip, along with four coaches: head coach Klint Pleasant and assistant coaches Scott Samuels, Evan Green and Quin Rice.


Brendan Fleming, junior guard from Davison, Michigan, said the trip “was one of the best experiences of my entire life. It was awesome for team bonding, and I think we've benefited immensely from it."


The tournament was from Dec. 16-22, and the Warriors faced two of Puerto Rico's top teams: the University of Puerto Rico—Mayaguez and Interamericana University. The Warriors defeated both teams with a final score of 63-54 against Puerto Rico—Mayaguez and 75-58 over Interamericana.


Armand Cartright, a senior guard from Bloomfield, Michigan, said, "My favorite memory was when we jumped off cliffs into the water and seeing waterfalls. I've never seen a waterfall before and sharing that experience with a great group of people was awesome. If I had the chance to experience that again I would.”




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