Saints Travel To Mexico - Journal Entries

Daily Journals
?*? Sunday, Aug. 17
Jamal?Jackson

?*? Monday, Aug. 18
David?Ryan

?*? Tuesday, Aug. 19
Austin?Andrews

?*? Wednesday, Aug. 20
Paul?Williams

?*? Thursday, Aug. 21
Tommy?Mitchell

?*? Friday, Aug. 22
Antoine?Jordan

?*? Saturday, Aug. 23
Michael?Haddix

?*? Sunday, Aug. 24
Justin?Miller

?*? Monday, Aug. 25
Gary?Holle

?*? Tuesday, Aug. 26
Brent?Sniezyk

As I woke up this morning, I was unaware of how great this day was going to be! We woke up for breakfast at 9:30 and ate at 10. I had my usual: two ham and cheese omelets and two pancakes, along with a glass of orange juice. After we all finished eating, we boarded the bus and headed back to the gym we played at the first night here for a shoot around. It came as no surprise that the moment we walked into the gym, we all began to sweat profusely. However, we all got focused and had a great shoot-around to prepare for the game. We were under the impression that we would be playing the best team we would face on our five game tour; however, we would later find out that this was not the case. None the less, we knew we needed to focus on ourselves getting better, and not worry about the competition.

After returning from the shoot-around, several of us went directly to the pool to rinse off our clothes that were drenched in sweat from the sweltering gym. However, the whole team didn't partake today, because many of them were trying to stay out of the sun, after suffering from some serious sun burn! I was one of those who had gotten a little sun burned, but I figure I will only be in Cancun for a few more days, so I might as well "burn on" while I have the chance to experience this gorgeous weather before returning back to Albany.

After taking a little swim in the pool, Brent (Sniezyk), Gary (Holle), Jon (Phelps) and myself headed out to McDonalds for a "healthy" pregame meal. Brent and I decided to splurge and get the Double Big Mac--four all beef patties with special sauce, lettuce, pickles, onions on a sesame seed bun! We decided to follow that up with a cheeseburger, large fries, and a large drink! At that point we figured that we had gotten enough food to hold us over until game time. As we headed back down the strip to our hotel, we took in the sights and even saw a man with a real monkey. But this was not just any monkey, it decided to show us some obscene gestures and make some funny faces that had us all practically rolling on the ground.

When we returned to the hotel, we got some quick rest for the game. After waking up, I got dressed and headed down to the bus. The ride was about 20 minutes, and when we arrived at the gym, we were surprised to see that the team we were playing was far from what we were expecting to play. The night before we had watched this team play against LaSalle (the team we beat by 40 points the first night here), and we knew that we should win this game. Coach spoke to us about not playing down to our level of competition and making sure we played our game and got better at the things we needed to.

Well, that is exactly what we did, as we started the game on the right note and kept that momentum going right through to the very end of the game. At the end of the first quarter, we were up 37-10 and knew that it was just a matter of making sure we kept up our intensity and showed how much we want to be a great team. We did just that as everyone played hard the entire game and it was by far the most fun I have had playing basketball in a long time!

After the game, we all boarded the bus and headed back to the hotel. Everyone was a little antsy to get back, because this was our first night in Cancun that we didn't have curfew. Therefore, we were all going to be able to experience the infamous "nightlife" that Cancun has to offer. But instead of everyone going off on their own, we all stuck together and continued to build our team bonding! If we didn't get anything more out of this trip, we can at least say we are probably the one of the closest teams in the country right now, as we all get along so well.

I just hope we get to have as much fun the next two days as we have thus far! Well, I could keep writing for hours about our wonderful day, but I need to get out to the beach and catch some rays before we have to come home. Oh yeah, and if you don't happen to see me around, its probably because I missed the plane on purpose, because I really don't want to leave!

As they like to say down here... Adios mi amigos!!

Justin