HAVANA (AP) -- Siena coach Ali Jaques had never seen this before.
In basketball, the home team always provides the game ball. That's what Siena expected when it headed to Havana for three games against the Cuban national team. But a few moments before the first game of the series, a referee approached the Siena bench and asked they could play with one of the Saints' basketballs.
What Siena brought was far newer and much nicer.
"That's when it hit home a little bit for me," Jaques said. "And then our players realized it. We were going to be playing with a new ball that we bought, one that the Cubans don't have the ability to buy. Those were the tiny little lessons that add up."