DaVonté Lacy Completes U.S. Eagles Basketball Tour to East Asia
June 20, 2012
XENIA, Ohio - Washington State University men's basketball rising-sophomore, DaVonté Lacy, recently completed an overseas tour to East Asia with the U.S. Eagles Men's Basketball Team, as the squad compiled a 5-1 record (including an exhibition victory). The team returned to the U.S. over the weekend of June 16-17.
A Tacoma, Wash., native, Lacy had three games with double figure points and five or more assists, including a 16-point, five-assist effort in a 92-81 victory over Quindong, June 14. He had 10 points and seven assists in the second game of the tour, an 80-75 loss to Liaoning, June 10, and concluded the tour with 10 points, eight rebounds and five assists in a 91-84 victory over Quindong in the fifth and final game, June 15.
The Eagles were comprised of Euroleague athletes and Division I athletes from around the United States. In addition to competing against high-level teams, players were involved in a leadership development program designed to promote integrity and character both on and off the court. Other universities represented included: Murray State, Saint Louis, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Tennessee Tech, Valparaiso and Vanderbilt. Washington assistant coach Paul Fortier coached the team.
"It was good because we were a group of about 15-18 people in a foreign country where nobody spoke English, so it helped us bond together as a team," Lacy said. "Off the court it was nice for us to build good relationships and make life-long friends. On the court we bonded together so fast because of the circumstances, that we played pretty well. It was a great experience, I loved it, and I wish I could do it again. All the guys I met are going to be good friends for a long time, including the coaches. They were great."
Below are recaps from each of the games provided by the U.S. Eagles.
Game 5 - Friday, June 15 vs. Quindong: The Eagles pulled out a 91-84 victory against Quindong in their final game of the tour. Bobby Capobianco led the team in scoring with 29 points and 10 rebounds. Other leading scorers were Jake Barnett with 14 points and nine rebounds and DaVonté Lacy with 10 points, eight rebounds and five assists. Jordan Green added nine points and four rebounds. Terrell Barnes again led the team in rebounds, contributing 15 boards. Robert Lewandowski added another five boards.
Game 4 - Thursday, June 14 vs. Quindong: The Eagles pulled off a 92-81 win over Quindong Thursday. Jon Diebler again led the team in scoring with 20 points. DaVonté Lacy added 16 points and five assists. Brandon Garrett had 13 points and seven rebounds. Jordan Green added 12 points, four assists and two steals. Terrell Barnes and Jake Barnett each led with 10 rebounds. Bobby Capobianco added seven rebounds, while Daniel Alexander contributed six rebounds.
Game 3 - Monday, June 11 vs. Liaoning: The Eagles dominated in their final game against Liaoning, winning 80-72 and leading by as many as 22 points. Leading scorers were Bobby Capobianco with 17 points and five rebounds; Brad Tinsley with 15 points and four assists; Jordan Green with 12 points, five rebounds and two assists; and Brandon Garrett with 10 points and five rebounds. Terrell Barnes led the team with 11 rebounds and contributed eight points, two assists and three steals.
Game 2 - Sunday, June 10 vs. Liaoning: The Eagles lost 80-75 in front of another sell-out crowd, shooting only nine free throws to Liaoning's 34. Leading the Eagles were Brandon Garrett with 19 points, Jon Diebler with 13 points and six rebounds, Bobby Capobianco with 13 points, DaVonté Lacy with 10 points and seven assists and Jake Barnett with eight points and five rebounds.
Game 1 - Saturday, June 9 vs. Liaoning: The Eagles pulled off an exciting 80-75 finish in a come-from-behind win against Liaoning in front of a sell-out crowd. Twice, the Eagles trailed by as many as 10 points. Jon Diebler led the team with 23 points, followed by Brandon Garrett with 14 points, Jordan Green with 12 points, and Jake Barnett with nine points. Brad Tinsley, Terrell Barnes, Brandon Garrett and Daniel Alexander each had five rebounds.
Exhibition Game - Thursday, June 7 vs. Tsinghua University: The Eagles won 104-75 in an exhibition game against Tsinghua University. Daniel Alexander led the team with 20 points, six assists and seven rebounds. Brandon Garrett added 17 points and four boards. Jordan Green had 14 points and five boards. Bobby Capobianco led with eight boards and 14 points, while Jake Barnett contributed 14 points and three rebounds.
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