Men's Basketball Hits the Court in Venice
Aug. 6, 2012
We started Day Three with another 8 a.m. wake-up call. Even though it's Game Day, we took a water taxi back to enjoy another morning in Venice. Our plan on the second day in Venice was to continue exploring and do some shopping. It's a truly, absolutely amazing city. At 1:15, we gathered everyone together and returned to the hotel to rest before our pre-game meal. Strength coach Sean Hayes arranged for a wonderful pre-game dinner of penne pasta, chicken and roasted potatoes.
Late in the afternoon, we made the 45-minute ride to Dueville for tonight's game against the Vicenze All-Stars. It was a great atmosphere for a basketball game, with a full house of fans, including a vocal section of Bulldogs!
Before the game, the Bulldogs exchanged gifts as part of a sportsmanship ceremony that was highlighted by the playing of both countries' national anthems. The Georgia players gave red hats with the signature "G" on the front, while the Vicenze team gave our players T-shirts.
The Bulldogs dominated the game from the start, leading 44-26 at halftime and finishing with an 83-58 victory. Georgia was led in scoring by Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Nemanja Djurisic -- playing in front of his parents, who had driven from Montenegro -- both of whom had 14 points. Tim Dixon enjoyed a big night on the boards, snagging 10 rebounds to go along with his eight points. Other standout numbers included nine rebounds from Donte' Williams, 20 offensive rebounds by the Bulldogs, as well as 46 percent shooting from the floor.
For the next stop on our tour of Italy, we will depart in the morning for the magnificent city of Florence.