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Crusaders Take Third Straight Game Wednesday, Also Take Time to Give Back
Ryan Broekhoff paced Valpo with 19 points Wednesday. (Ray Acevedo)
Ryan Broekhoff paced Valpo with 19 points Wednesday. (Ray Acevedo)

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Valparaiso continued its run of success on the court in the third game of its preseason foreign tour in Cancun, Mexico Wednesday night, downing Rebotera de Cancun, 107-58. But that was far from the highlight of the Crusaders' day.

Earlier in the day Wednesday, the Crusader squad visited a local area rife with poverty. Walking through the streets, they came across a number of local children and literally gave the children the t-shirts off their backs. They then spent time with a local four-person family who gave the team a tour of their home, which consisted of only a couple small rooms.

“I was really proud of our basketball team today, not for the game but for the great moment during the day,” said Crusader head coach Homer Drew. “I loved how our players reacted when they had the opportunity to help those less fortunate than them and joined in to help support them. We're here on an educational trip and it's going to be wonderful to help this young man get a college degree.”

On the court, the Crusaders got out of the gate slowly against Rebotera de Cancun, trailing 10-8 with 2:35 to play in the first quarter. But baskets by Ryan Broekhoff (Frankston, Victoria, Australia/Australian Institute of Sport), Matt Kenney (Mooresville, Ind./Mooresville) and Brandon Wood (Kokomo, Ind./Kokomo [Highland C.C./Southern Illinois]) helped spark a 14-5 spurt to put Valpo ahead 22-15 at the end of the first.

Erik Buggs (Memphis, Tenn./Mitchell) got the Crusaders going in the second quarter with a 3-point play and combined with Howard Little (Chicago, Ill./Stoneridge [Calif.] School) to provide great defensive pressure as Valpo extended the lead out to 37-22. The Crusaders continued to push their advantage, and a 7-0 run by Jay Harris (Aurora, Ill./Oswego East) and Cory Johnson (Duluth, Minn./Duluth East [Iowa State]) gave Valpo a comfortable 63-36 lead at halftime, a lead that the Crusaders would increase throughout the second half en route to the easy win.

All 12 players who played Wednesday scored for Valpo, led by Broekhoff's 19 points and 17 points from Johnson. Harris chipped in 15 points, while Kenney and Michael Rogers (Kingston, Jamaica/Redemption [N.Y.] Christian) added 11 apiece. Kenney paced the Crusader effort on the boards with eight rebounds, while Cameron Witt (Launceston, Tasmania, Australia/Launceston) pulled down seven boards and blocked three shots. Only Kevin Van Wijk (Hoofddorp, Netherlands/Katholieke Scholengemeenschap Hoofddorp) did not play, resting his back.

“We came out to a slow start today, playing our third game in three days, but I was happy that we came together and played some good basketball the rest of the way,” said Drew. “Tomorrow is the really big game for us, playing one of Mexico's top pro teams, featuring a former NBA player (Horacio Llamas) and a number of former high Division I players.”

Valparaiso concludes its schedule of four games in four days against Pioneros de Quintana Roo Thursday evening at 7 p.m. Pioneros went 31-9 in the Liga Nacional de Baloncesto Profesional last year, finishing in third place in the 20-team Mexican league.

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Apr 14 Chicago State 7
M Tennis Valpo 7 Homewood, Ill.
Apr 15 Chicago State 0
Baseball Valpo CCD
Apr 15 Toledo
M Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
W Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
Baseball Valpo 4 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 17 Milwaukee 0
M Tennis Youngstown State 1 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 6
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 18 Milwaukee 3
Softball Oakland 3 VU Softball Field
Apr 18 Valpo 11
W Tennis Youngstown State 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 0
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19 CCD
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 2nd/3 (191)
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 3rd/5 (82)
W Tennis Cleveland State 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 0
Softball Oakland 1 VU Softball Field
Apr 19 Valpo 2
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 19 Milwaukee 5
Softball Oakland 4 8 inn.
Apr 19 Valpo 2
M Tennis Cleveland State 5 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 2
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 20 12th/15 (314)
Baseball Kalamazoo 3 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 21 Valpo 10
Baseball Ohio Northern 2 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 22 Valpo 1
Softball Valpo 3 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 1
Softball Valpo 5 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 4
Softball Valpo Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. #21/21 Notre Dame
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 2:00 p.m. UIC
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Apr 25, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 26, 3:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
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Apr 26, 2:00 p.m. Wright State
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 27, 2:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
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Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Western Michigan Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
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Apr 29, 5:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Chicago State Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 30, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Bloomington, Ind.
Apr 30, 3:00 p.m. Indiana (resumption of suspended game)
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Apr 30, 4:00 p.m. Indiana
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May 2
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
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May 2, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 3, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 1:00 p.m. Green Bay
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May 3, 3:00 p.m. Green Bay
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
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