OU Men’s Basketball On the Road for International Competition

The OU Men's Basketball team won their first of three games Monday night over professional squad Escazu, 74-71.

It may be summer break, but the Oglethorpe Men’s Basketball team continues to sport the black and gold.  The Stormy Petrels have taken their game on the international road to Costa Rica, mixing competition and culture in an overseas team-building experience.  Head coach Philip Ponder, assistant coach Andrew Tulowitsky, and nine players from last season are spending seven nights in the country, competing in three international games and taking in some of the country’s famed cultural and educational excursions. 

“This should be a great trip for our student-athletes,” said Coach Ponder. “The guys will have a chance to experience another culture while also playing some top-notch basketball games. Team building outings like this can really help with group chemistry.”

The team is set to tour the National Museum and Theater, visit the Supreme Court,  go zip-lining, and take a whitewater rafting trip in the country’s tropical waters.  In true Oglethorpe fashion, the guys also will spend time volunteering at a local shelter for disadvantaged youths.

Even after a long day of international travel, rising senior Andrew Steioff took time to report to the OU Blog from the road:

“My name is Andrew Steioff, a communication major from Duluth, Georgia and a member of the Oglethorpe basketball team which is embarking on a week long tour of the country of Costa Rica.  Before the trip, my teammates and I were all anxious and excited to see what the trip had in store for us.  Little did we know that our first day would end up being a little hectic.  Continue reading