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Flames Basketball Foreign Tour Blog Day 8 - Game 6

August 16, 2011  Mulhouse, France  RSS
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The Flames basketball team in front of their hotel just before departing from Kaysersberg, France.

The Flames basketball team in front of their hotel just before departing from Kaysersberg, France.

Day 8 – The Liberty men's basketball team woke up to another beautiful morning in Kaysersberg, visiting the town's shops one last time before leaving the hotel and heading to Mulhouse, France, the location of tonight's game.

On their way to Mulhouse, the Flames stopped in Basel, Switzerland, a modern city known for its pharmaceutical and chemical production. The famous Rhine River also flows through the city. A few of the players saw the river as a great opportunity to take a brief swim during their visit.

Around lunchtime, the Flames ate in the city's marketplace and saw the Rathhaus, a 14th century town hall that was one of the few buildings in the city to maintain its structural integrity during a major earthquake in 1356. The town hall's remarkable stability makes it one of the city's most historically significant buildings.

After lunch, the squad visited the Munster Cathedral, a 15th century church that was a Catholic church until the Protestant Reformation. Before leaving the city, the Flames toured the Kunstmuseum, home to one of the world's greatest art collections. Among the works the players viewed were pieces by Monet, Manet, Picasso, Van Goht and Worhol.

Soon after visiting the famous museum, the Flames loaded the bus and headed to Mulhouse for their final game.

Tomorrow, the Flames will have an opportunity to visit Nancy, France before returning to Brussels, Belgium for the conclusion of their foreign tour.

Flames Post Courageous Effort in Mulhouse Defeat, Tuesday
Playing its sixth game in seven days, the Liberty men's basketball team played valiantly despite an 88-79 defeat at the hands of Mulhouse inside the Mulhouse Alsace Agglomeration, Tuesday night. With the loss, the Flames conclude their foreign tour in Belgium and France with a 4-2 record in exhibition play.

For the second straight contest, David Minaya was Liberty's leading scorer, finishing with 16 points on 6-of-11 shooting, including 4-of-5 from three-point land. Antwan Burrus and John Caleb Sanders chipped in 11 points, while Jesse Sanders added in 10 tallies. John Brown led Liberty on the glass, posting seven boards.

In the first quarter, the two teams kept it close, until Mulhouse began to create some distance with a seven-point lead midway through the period. The Flames climbed as close as three points, but the French club pulled away again to take a 28-19 lead at the end of the quarter.

Mulhouse continued to widen the gap in the second 10-minute period, leading by as much as 14 in the quarter. Minaya knocked down a trey from the far side just before halftime, but Mulhouse answered on the other end with a quick layup to lead 51-39 at the half.

Minaya led the Flames in the first half with eight points on 3-for-6 shooting from the field, including 2-for-2 from behind the three-point arc. Brown and Jesse Sanders finished with six tallies, apiece.
Mulhouse was able to capitalize at the free throw line in the first half, connecting on 18-of-23 shots from the charity stripe.

The French club held the Flames at bay in the third quarter. Although Liberty climbed within nine thanks to key free throws from John Caleb Sanders and Tomasz Gielo, Mulhouse relied on its sharp shooting from inside and outside the arc to maintain a 12-point, 68-56, advantage going into the fourth quarter.

After the French team took a 16-point advantage, Chene Phillips shined for the Flames in the fourth quarter, picking off the Mulhouse guard on back-to-back possessions and cruising to the hoop for two fast break layups. Phillips' pair of plays cut the deficit back to 12. Burrus followed up with a bucket 1:30 later to make it a 10-point game, 74-64.

With Mulhouse holding a 13-point edge with just over two minutes remaining, Minaya chipped the bulge to 10 once again, 83-73, with a three-point basket.

Liberty got within eight points of the French club in the final minute, but Mulhouse managed to hold off the Flames for the 88-79 final.