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    Blogging From Belgium - 8/16/13

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    Northwestern redshirt junior JerShon Cobb, redshirt freshman Sanjay Lumpkin and assistant coach are currently touring with a Global Sports Academy squad in Belgium. On Wednesday, the team posted a 73-67 victory over Wevelgem. The score was tied 60-60 before the GSA team finished the game on a 13-7 run. The unit of Cobb, Ronnie Johnson (Purdue), Juan Howard Jr. (Detroit), Juan Anderson (Marquette) and Ryan Sawvell (Evansville) all made finishing plays to seal the win. Cobb (12 points) and Lumpkin (6 points) continued their solid play on both ends of the court.


    Cobb filed this blog entry following the contest.


    We went to Brugge, Belgium, on Wednesday to experience some more of the culture of Belgium. The trip to Brugge was fun. It reminds me of Evanston with the clothing shops and places to eat. There were a lot of restaurants where you could eat outside. Brugge is well known for its chocolate. We were in Brugge for about three hours before we headed off to our next game.  


    The best part of the trip to me is hanging out with the team and coaches. Everybody likes each other and I feel it is the reason why we have been successful with our games. It is great to get to know the different personalities of the players on and off the floor. The coaches have been great with us and have allowed us to play. They have done a great job of putting us in positions to be successful.


    We arrived at our next game an hour and a half before we were supposed to play. Coach Baldwin and the staff held another clinic for some youth players. Our last game was a very competitive one which we won, 73-67. The team we played had some good players and some big guys that could score around the paint. I think we played ok as a team. We just had a hard time making shots.  


    European basketball is more physical than people realize. They all set very solid screens and they box out every time the ball is shot. The toughest thing is getting used to the extra step Europeans use to get past you. It is also tough getting use to the amount of traveling calls the referees make. It is just a different style that takes some time to adjust to.


    We have to close out this trip with a win to go undefeated. We are headed to Cologne, Germany, to do more sightseeing. Afterwards, we will play our final game.


    The GSA then completed its undefeated trip (5-0) by posting a 107-76 win over Solingen (Germany) on Thursday. The visitors wasted little time by attacking quickly in transition and sprinting pass the Solingen team. Lumpkin paced the Wildcats duo with 18 points while Cobb finished with 16 points in much more limited action. Lumpkin had his greatest offensive output of the trip, including draining multiple 3-pointers. The contingent is slated to return to the United States Friday afternoon.

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