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Flames Basketball Foreign Tour Blog Day 3 - Game 2

August 11, 2011
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The Liberty men's basketball team stands in front of Blind Donkey Alley located in Bruges, Belgium.

Day 3 – Leaving for Brussels for the first time since arriving in Belgium, the Liberty men's basketball team travelled to the city Bruges on Thursday.

Considered one of the most well preserved medieval cities in the world, Bruges managed to avoid being bombed by the Nazis during World War II. As a result, the city was able to maintain its 13th century buildings.

During their tour of the city, the Flames visited the Onze Lieve Vrouwekerk or Church of Our Lady. The church stands as the world's second tallest brick structure. The only brick building taller than the church is the Chrysler Building in New York City.

The church houses numerous works of art, including Michelangelo's sculpture, Madonna with Child. The piece is the only Michelangelo work to leave Italy during the artist's lifetime. Along with beautiful artwork, the sanctuary also holds the enclosed remains of the grandmother and father of Charles V, ruler of the Holy Roman Empire in the early 16th century whom Martin Luther stood before when defending his Protestant beliefs.

After leaving the church, the Flames passed through the city's marketplace and stopped by the Belfort Tower, which served as a watchtower during the 14th and 15th centuries. In addition to the tower, the team also visited Stadihus, the city hall of Bruges, constructed during the 14th century.

Today's featured picture shows the Flames standing in front of Blind Donkey Alley. The alley became famous during a conflict between the cities of Bruges and Ghent. After Bruges stole Ghent's weathervane, the Golden Dragon, a resident of Ghent travelled through Bruges to retrieve it.

With his donkey afraid to pass through the alley, the man blindfolded the beast and continued his journey, eventually returning the weathervane to his native city.

From Bruges, the Flames headed to nearby Sijsele for a coaching clinic hosted by head coach Dale Layer. After assisting the coach with his session on man-to-man defense, the Flames prepared for their second international exhibition.

Flames Victorious Over Ookstamp, Thursday
The Liberty men's basketball team moved to 2-0 on their international tour, Thursday, defeating Ookstamp, 86-58.

Senior Jesse Sanders led Liberty with 22 points and seven assists, followed by John Caleb Sanders who scored 18 points on 6-of-8 shooting from behind the three-point arc. David Minaya rounded out Liberty's trio of double digit scorers with a 14-point performance.

In the early minutes of the contest, Ookstamp stayed on Liberty's heels, until Jesse Sanders took it straight to the hoop off a 3-on-1 mismatch. Sanders' bucket put the Flames up 11-7 at the 6:36 mark. Liberty closed out the first quarter with a 27-17 lead.

The Flames continued to pull away from the Belgian club in the second quarter. Following a John Caleb Sanders trey, Minaya capped the first half with five straight points off back-to-back layups and a free throw. The senior's ability to find the basket inside allowed Liberty to hold a 49-27 advantage at halftime.
Jesse Sanders finished the first half with 15 tallies, while Minaya had 13 points. John Brown and Antwan Burrus proved strong on the glass, concluding the the opening half with seven and six rebounds, respectively.

Chemistry between the Sanders brothers highlighted the third quarter. Early in the period, John Caleb found Jesse behind the three-point arc for the trey. The elder Sanders returned the favor on the next Flames' possession en route to a 24-point Liberty lead at the end of the quarter.

The three-pointers continued to fly in the fourth quarter, with three Flames finding nylon from downtown during the final 10-minute period. After John Caleb Sanders hit his sixth three-point basket of the contest, Tanner Hoyt and Andrew Smith followed suit, paving the way for the 86-58 final.

Liberty continues play in Sijesele, Belgium on Friday, as the Flames take on Zwevezele at 8:30 p.m. (Belgian time).