Sept. 11, 2012
NASSAU, Bahamas - Head coach Ed Conroy and Tulane men's basketball team accomplished their goals during the recent preseason international trip.
Not only did his squad of 17, including seven newcomers, post a perfect 3-0 record, but the team was able to spend a great deal of time bonding during the five-day Tour of the Bahamas.
"This was a once in a lifetime experience for our players and program," Conroy said. "We gained valuable experience playing competitive games on the trip and really getting closer as a team. The memories of this trip are something we will share with each other for a long time. We are grateful that our program was able to have this experience."
The Green Wave defeated all three opponents and started off with a, 63-57, victory over PJ Stingers. The defending Conference USA Freshman of the Year Ricky Tarrant guided the way with a game-high 11 points, while Josh Davis posted nine points and nine rebounds. Tomas Bruha, playing for the first time since last January, added eight points and eight rebounds, while Ben Cherry chipped in with eight points.
"It was great to see some guys take the floor that hadn't played in a while," Conroy said. "I thought Ben, Tomas, and Kendall all did some nice things. These games provided a nice opportunity to get them back into live game action. Our Training staff and the team doctors have done a tremendous job helping get these players back out on the court."
Less than 24 hours later Tulane got past the Mailboat Cybots, 88-35, behind solid games from newcomers Kajon Mack and RaAnthony Sanders. Mack led the way with 13 points, while Sanders added 12 points. Kendall Timmons poured in 11 points, while Tre Drye grabbed 11 rebounds in the victory.
"I was very happy with our energy and focus to start this game," Conroy said. "Our guys really paid attention to some of the things we emphasized after our first game. Kendall, Kajon and Tre set the tone for us with their energy. Our freshman combined for 37 points and again each did some very exciting things."
Tulane defeated the Bahamas All-Stars, 76-57, in the third and final game of the tour. Jordan Callahan led the way with 16 points and Timmons added 13. Drye pulled down 16 boards in the win, while Davis posted 10 points and had six rebounds.
"I was proud of the way our guys competed and finished the trip," Conroy added. "Tre grabbing 16 rebounds was tremendous and Josh Davis was very consistent throughout the trip and played very well again in this game. The All-Stars were very quick and athletic and it was good to see our guards handle their pressure."
In addition to the three games in the Bahamas, Tulane was able to have 10 practices allowed by the NCAA in preparation.
"It was beneficial to get different combinations out on the floor together along with letting new players and injured returnees get back into the flow of a real game," Conroy said.
The Green Wave officially begin practice for the 2012-13 season on Oct. 13.