Sept. 1, 2012
Sophomore Ryan Anderson poured in 29 points and hauled in eight rebounds as the Boston College men's basketball team lost to Regal Barcelona, 76-65, in its final game in Spain.
During the day, the team put on a youth clinic at the game site and toured the city of Barcelona. Anderson tells the story of the day below:
We took a long drive from Valencia to Barcelona yesterday and it was a great trip. We stopped at a beach in Cambrils and hung out there for a couple of hours. It was fun just to relax and jump in the water for a little while. We all took a picture at the beach and it's one of my favorite pictures that we have taken all trip long.
When we pulled up to our hotel yesterday, we were immediately hit with the absolute most beautiful view that I have ever seen in my life. A large statue around a traffic circle was directly in front of a street with two huge pillars that are at the corner of the street, that lead up to a huge church. It's by far the coolest place that I have ever seen! The architecture is unbelievable and I have a perfect view of it from my hotel window. Yesterday I sat down in a chair by the window in my bathrobe and complimentary shower slippers and sat there soaking in the beautiful view that I had. It was really the moment when I realized how amazing this trip has been and how lucky I am to be here with all of these guys. Whenever someone asks me about this trip, that's the first place that will come to my mind because it really means a lot to me.
Today we took a tour of Barcelona. Even though all of us were extremely tired, the views of the city kept us awake. Everywhere we stopped was amazing. We went and saw the Olympic facilities here and it was really cool to see. We joked that we were walking the same steps as the Dream Team when we were walking up to the basketball arena. We then took a tour to see different remarkable views from atop hills and mountains that looked down on Barcelona. We saw "God's Church" from one mountain top and it's supposed to be incredible so I'm looking forward to touring there tomorrow. The different places we toured today really made me fall in love with Barcelona and it's become my favorite city that we have been to on this trip.
We came back to the hotel after our tour and then took off to go to our location for our game. We got there at 3 p.m. even though we didn't play until 8:00 because we came to do a small clinic with some of the kids. It was hilarious watching Coach Donahue try to say the few Spanish words that we know to the kids to explain the drills. You had to be there! Most of us don't speak Spanish so we try to say a few Spanish words to get across what we are trying to say. We are going through the drills struggling to explain to the kids what we want them to do in Spanish. Finally one kid who spoke clear English said, "Excuse me, we don't speak Spanish either. We are from the Netherlands." The look on mine, Eddie's and Kyle's faces were just super relieved. We laughed with the kids and continued to have fun with the day.
After the clinic with the kids, we watched the Oregon women's basketball team play against a European team. I love watching women's basketball because they all have really good fundamentals and footwork, which are two things I really try to practice.
We got off to a slow start in our game, but we picked it up in the second half. We were down 21 points at halftime and we said in the locker room that we had to compete harder and fight to get back in the game. We came out with a lot of energy and eventually cut the lead to eight points. We just didn't make enough shots down the stretch and lost the game by 11.
Overall it was a great experience playing these professional basketball players. I think each of us learned some things from them on how to play the game. They have a different style of play, but it's very effective. I think we will really grow as a team from playing these games. I can't wait for the season! One more day in Barcelona and we are excited for it!