The Arkansas State men’s basketball team embarks on a nine-day 2022 Summer Foreign Tour to the Dominican Republic Aug. 5-13. In addition to playing games against the Dominican Republic Senior National Team (Aug. 7), Dominican Republic Select Team (Aug. 8) and the Dominican Republic U-22 Team (Aug. 10), the trip will feature activities and site-seeing. Each day’s activities will be documented below, including video highlights, photos, interviews and other items surrounding the day’s events via head coach Mike Balado. It will be updated daily so fans can keep track of the Red Wolves throughout their time in the Dominican Republic.
August 5 | 9:40 AM | Departure
Well here we are! Love seeing the excitement of our guys loading the bus and talking about the upcoming trip to the Dominican Republic. We were lucky enough to have room on the bus for a number of guests and donors who made the trip. This is a great time for our players to connect and network with these individuals that are so special to A-State. Bus is set to leave at 10am. It’s 9:40am and everyone is ready to go early. Either they are really excited or know the bus will leave no matter what at 10:00 am. Lol. Be early and be ready!
Checking back soon when we board our plane! Stay tuned. Wolves Up!!
August 5 | 3:38 PM | Arrival
Greetings from the Dominican Republic Red Wolves faithful! It was a smooth ride from Memphis direct to Puerto Plata. Plane was, let’s say, a hoot! Not a dull moment with this crew. Big thank you to Swift Air and their services for our party. Deplaned and headed to Be Live Collection Marien Resort. Can’t wait to get situated and kick back for the rest of the night. Some things on the agenda for tonight:
? Team Film for our upcoming game
? A welcome dinner for all A-State fans and players on the island.
? Staff meeting to go over practice tomorrow and film of our upcoming opponent, The Dominican Republic Senior National Team.
Will check back after hotel check in and some pictures of the resort.
Stay Tuned! WolvesUp!!
August 6 | 12:25 PM | Practice
The team had their first practice this morning in the Dominican Republic. They went hard and it was the one of our best practices yet! We have far to go, but day by day, they make me excited. We had a group of about 50 kids from the neighborhood watching our guys today. The players took photos, played 1v1 versus some and even gave their shirt off their back to some of these little guys, literally! I was so proud of them that the coaches and staff joined in. People don’t realize how trips like this bring team unity. Tune in for more day by day details.
August 7 | 5:45 PM | Postgame
What an experience to play vs the Dominican Senior National team. It was great for our guys to go against all that talent. Ten Professionals on that team with over 60 years of experience between all of them playing at the highest level in Europe and the Caribbean.
Was proud of our teams effort. We didn’t back down and made multiple runs to put us in position to close the gap. We played 11 guys in the first half. Wanted to see everyone and what they brought to the table. Really impressed with freshman Terrance Ford. He was the highlight of the day. Along with Omar El-Sheik who led us in scoring and rebounding with 20 pts, 12 rebounds. Long way to go, but this is what this trip is for. So many new faces and building that chemistry will be vital for the upcoming season. On to the next, Dominican Select team tomorrow at 5:00 p.m. (CT)
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