August 10, 2018

Spain 2018-Day 10 Final Day In Barcelona


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Aug. 10

It’s the final day of an 11-day trip to Spain for the Ohio State men’s basketball team. The Buckeyes took a walking tour in the morning of a church commissioned in 1883 and still under construction today. The team returned to the hotel in the early afternoon and will have the rest of the day to explore Barcelona.

An organized farewell dinner on the beach is planned for the evening.

The team will return to Columbus Saturday after winning all three games it played in Madrid, Valencia and Barcelona.


Aug. 9

BARCELONA–The Ohio State men’s basketball team won its third and final game of an 11-day trip through Spain with a 68-66 win Thursday against the Catalan All-Stars.

Kaleb Wesson led all scorers with 20 points and 10 rebounds followed by a 13-point effort from C.J. Jackson in the come-from-behind victory. Jackson also added five steals and five rebounds.

The Wesson brothers accounted for 19 of Ohio State’s 47 rebounds in the game. Andre Wesson added nine boards to go with seven points.

Catalan jumped out to a 15-point lead early behind hot shooting and several Ohio State turnovers. The Buckeyes battled back with defense and Kaleb Wesson’s inside scoring to fend off the All-Stars in the northern mountains of Spain.

The Buckeyes have one more day in Barcelona before returning to Columbus Saturday.

Aug. 9

It’s the final gameday of the Ohio State men’s basketball team’s trip to Spain. The Buckeyes take on the Catalan All-Stars at 7 p.m. local, 1 p.m. ET Thursday.

Prior to final game preparations, the team had a late breakfast before heading out for a bus tour of Barcelona. Upon return to the hotel, the team will have a few hours to rest before a team meal at 3 p.m. The venue for the game, Pavello Esportiu Municipal, is more than hour north by bus.



Aug. 8

It’s a travel day for the Buckeyes in Spain. The team had an early breakfast in Valencia before heading to Barcelona for the final leg of the 11-day trip. A stop midway through the five-hour trip allowed for an excursion on a catamaran for some swimming, snorkeling and lunch out on the Mediterranean Sea.

After lunch the team returned to shore and continued by bus to Barcelona, where the Buckeyes will play its final game of the tour Thursday.

Aug. 7

VALENCIA, Spain–The Ohio State men’s basketball team won its second of three games being played over 11-days in Spain Tuesday in Valencia. The Buckeyes downed the Valencia All-Stars  95-63 behind a game-high 19 points from freshman guard Duane Washington Jr.

Kyle Young tallied 11 points just ahead of Jaedon LeDee’s 10 second half points. Young also had a game-high nine rebounds while Micah Potter and LeDee added eight boards each.

The Buckeyes were credited with 22 assists led by four from Keyshawn Woods and three apiece from Musa Jallow, C.J. Jackson and Washington Jr.

Ohio State will return to action at 7 p.m. local time, 1 p.m. ET Thursday in Barcelona.


Aug. 7

It’s Gameday in Valencia for the Ohio State men’s basketball team. The Buckeyes tip at 8 p.m. local time/2 p.m. ET vs. the Valencia All-Stars. The game will be played at the L’Alquenia del Basket in Valencia.

The team had breakfast in the hotel before heading out for a walking tour of Valencia’s Old Town, lunch at the Valencia Central Market and a trip to the aquarium, said to be the best in Spain.

Upon return to the hotel in the mid-afternoon, the team will rest, have a team meal and depart for the evening game.

Check back here for a game recap, photos and interviews.

Aug. 6

The Buckeyes took a sightseeing tour of Valencia Monday morning before an afternoon of more beach time. A formal evening Paella dinner is planned on the beach for the travel party.

During a morning stop at an area with a science museum and opera house. several of the Buckeyes took the opportunity to get out on the water in canoes and seaworthy scooters.

The team the afternoon Sunday exploring the beaches, dining and relaxing after a morning train ride from Madrid to Valencia.

Game two of the tour is scheduled for Tuesday against the Valencia All-Stars.  Game time is set for 8 p.m. local time, 2 p.m. ET.


Aug. 5

It’s a travel day for the Buckeyes in Spain. The team had breakfast in the hotel before boarding a bus for a short ride to the train station where it will travel by high-speed rail to Valencia, a coastal city where the Turia River meets the Mediterranean Sea. The afternoon is free of organized activities with opportunities to explore the beaches of this city on the water.


Aug. 4

MADRID-Kaleb Wesson led Ohio State with 20 points in a 93-61 win over the Madrid Generals Saturday. The game was the first of three the Buckeyes are playing during an 11-day trip through Spain.

MORE: 📸 Ohio State 93, Madrid Generals 61

The game time temperature was 100 degrees in a gym with no air conditioning. The Buckeyes started slow but took control early in the third quarter after leading 39-28 at the half. Wesson went 5-5 from the field in the second half to help the Buckeyes cruise.

Twelve of the 13 Buckeyes on the trip managed at least one bucket in the win. Danny Hummer suffered a cut over his left eight in the first half that required five stitches. Team doctor Grant Jones handled the patchwork and Hummer finished the game but did not score.

Chris Holtmann, head coach of the Buckeyes, used his most veteran lineup to start the game with seniors Joey Lane and C.J. Jackson, juniors Micah Potter and Andre Wesson along with graduate transfer Keyshawn Woods taking the floor for the opening tip.

Lane hit the first shot of the trip for the Buckeyes with a 3 from the left side. Andre Wesson finished with eight points and a couple nice driving second-half dunks. He also added five rebounds. Potter contributed six points and a game-high seven rebounds while Woods, playing in his first game at Ohio State since transferring from Wake Forest, added eight points and two boards. Jackson started hot with nine first-half points but did not score over the final 20 minutes.

Newcomers Luther Muhammad (12 points), Duane Washington Jr. (9 pts.), Justin Ahrens (9 pts.) and Jaedon LeDee (2 pts/3 rebs.) also got their first playing time in the Scarlet and Gray.

Ohio State will continue its trip Sunday with a train ride to Valencia, where it will spend the next three days.

Aug. 4

It’s Gameday in Madrid for the Ohio State men’s basketball team. The Buckeyes take on the Madrid Generals at 1:45 pm ET/7:45 pm local time.

The game will be played using FIBA rules. Check out the differences between FIBA and NCAA rules HERE.

A recap and quotes from the players and coaches can be found here after the game.

Before preparing for the contest this evening, the Buckeyes traveled to Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, home of Real Madrid, one of the Top 5 sports franchises in all the world, for a tour of the stadium, museum, field and locker rooms.

A portion of the Real Madrid museum was dedicated to the Real Madrid Basketball team, a stop were Scoonie Penn, director of player development, recounted for the team his time playing internationally.

After the hour-long tour, the team returned to its hotel to rest, have a pregame meal and depart for its evening game.

Look for a veteran lineup to take the floor when the Buckeyes tip vs. the Madrid Generals.

Aug. 3

The Ohio State men’s basketball team visited Toledo Friday but not the familiar city to those back in Ohio. This city is more than 4,000 miles from and is pronounced a bit differently than its northern Ohio counterpart of the same name.

Once a fortified lookout post in Spain about an hour south of Madrid, Toledo now serves as an historical landmark and attraction with about 7,000 residents.

The Buckeyes were served breakfast in the hotel before departing for the tour by bus Friday morning. The team stopped just outside the only entrance to the city to view it from afar and to visit a site where raw steel is forged into swords, knives and other handmade crafts.

An escalator, a welcomed modern addition for the many tourists visiting the city, took the Buckeyes up to the base of Toledo’s narrow cobblestoned streets and alleyways.

The team took a guided tour through stone residences, shops and restaurants, built into the landscape centuries ago. Following a tour of a cathedral that took more than 250 years to construct, the team had free time to explore the city and find lunch.

The rest of the afternoon and evening are free for all to shop and explore Madrid before the first game of the trip is played Saturday.


Aug. 2

The Buckeyes arrived in Madrid just after the sun Thursday after an overnight flight. The team and travel party boarded a bus for a quick tour of the city before checking into the hotel in the early afternoon. Stops during the morning tour included a visit to Las Ventas, the second largest bull fighting arena in the world, where our tour guide Ernesto provided a walking tour of the exterior of the 22,000 seat venue.

The Buckeyes then stopped for a walk through a centuries-old garden before a break for lunch at a former train station turned modern shopping mall.

After an afternoon break, the travel party will take part in a welcome dinner in the early evening.

Aug. 1, 2018

The Ohio State men’s basketball team put the final touches on its preparations for an 11-day trip to Spain Wednesday morning. The Buckeyes will travel most of the day before arriving in Madrid early Thursday. Check back throughout the next 11 days for updates on the trip.