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Men's Basketball Arrives in Spain

Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications                                                                      Release: 08/30/2012
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The Princeton men's basketball team arrived in Spain on its overnight flight from Newark Thursday morning and had the chance to tour a bit of the city before getting some rest. 

The Tigers will face Assignia Manresa, a professional team in Spain's top division, Friday at 8:15 p.m. Spain time, 2:15 p.m. Eastern Time.

For more coverage of the team's trip to Spain, view our daily videos and photos on GoPrincetonTigers.com. Below, a blog entry from senior Mack Darrow.

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iBuenos dias, la nacion de la Tigre! (Special thanks to Princeton women's volleyball senior Jennifer Palmquist for that translation. I tried asking Ian Hummer for help, but he speaks Spanish aout as well as he shot free throws freshman year.)

It has been a whirlwind 24 hours. The flight from Newark to Barcelona was extremely turbulent, and Denton Koon got pretty scared over Greenland, but we arrived safely. The airport was a bit hectic, but our tour guide was able to identify us from a distance. It may have been the Princeton polos or the average height of 6-8. 

Our hotel is incredbily nice and has a great location. Everyone on the team is very thankful for the chance to stay here and explore Barcelona. We really appreciate all of the support that made this possible. A lot of guys, including me, have never been to Europe, or even outside of the country, so this experience is eye-opening. The opportunities Princeton provides are incredible and I know that no one on the team could picture themselves anywhere else.

After we first arrived at teh hotel, we rested for a bit before checking out La Rambla, a street with a lot of great shopping and a nice market. I think Charles Barkley spent a lot of time there during the 1992 Olympics. We had a lot of people staring at us, and a few people ran away from Brendan and Daniel because they thought they were bulls, but we had a great time overall.

We got some rest after the walk and finished the night off with a great team dinner. We had some great tapas and fish. There was a lot of great conversation and I am excited about how close our team is. It's a lot of fun to be a part of a team that gets along really well. That will help us on the court. 

We've got some great things coming up, and I have some teammates to provide commentary, so keep checking for updates. Hasta luego, Mack.

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