Basketball squares off in historic Cuba visit

Photo by Karley Nugent/the Vermilion

The Louisiana men’s basketball team arrived in Cuba on Aug. 7 to compete against the Cuban National and Junior National teams, playing three games from Aug. 8-10. The Cajuns went 1-2 for the trip.

In the first game, the Cajuns fell to the Cuban National team 76-71. Senior guard Johnathan Stove led the team scoring with 17 points followed by senior guard Frank Bartley’s 14 points.

The second game featured more of the same for Louisiana. Stove led the team with 18 points, but the Cajuns lost 81-71 due to Cuba’s Jasiel Rivero’s 24 points.

The third and final game of the Cuba trip yielded a different result for Louisiana. The Cajuns found success in a 70-64 victory. This time it was senior forward Bryce Washington leading the Cajuns with a team-high 15 points. The win was a team effort, though. Stove scored 14 points while sophomore forward Justin Miller added 10 points and six rebounds.

The Cajuns were the only NCAA men’s basketball team to travel to Cuba this summer and it was their first foreign trip since Spain in 2013.

The Vermilion, August 23, 2017

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