January 7, 2004
Men's Basketball returns from Europe and looks to SAC opener
The Catawba College men’s basketball is set to open its league slate after returning earlier this week from a 10-day trip to Europe after Christmas. The Indians played four games on the trip, two against Iceland National Teams and twice against professional teams in Belgium.
The Tribe played with international rules, using a 24 second shot clock and a deeper three-point line. Against the Iceland National team in its first outing, Catawba fell 99-73. Jolly Manning led the way for Catawba with 20 points and seven rebounds. Freshman Andy Thomson also played well with 14 points and six boards. Helgi Magnusson added 11 points against his countrymen. Iceland shot just over 50%, compared to just 37% for Catawba.
Despite a rare heavy snowstorm in southern Iceland on Dec. 29, Catawba made a 40-mile trip to face the National “B” team. The Indians held a 36-32 lead at the half, but the Iceland squad hit on 65% of its shots in the final half to take an 82-62 win. Manning was again the leader for Catawba with 14 points, nine rebounds, four steals and a pair of blocks. Magnusson added a dozen and Brian Graves
tossed in 10 points.
Catawba would return to action in Belgium on Jan. 2. After an afternoon sightseeing trip to the capital city of Brussels, Catawba would face Division 2 team Gully in Charleroi. The Indians would hold a 55-51 lead after three quarters, but would falls 85-74. Timo Verwimp connected on a trio of three-pointers and led the way with 13 points. Chris Wooldridge added 12 points and seven rebounds and Manning had 10 points, seven rebounds and five blocks. Magnusson had 11 points. Gully made the most of its advantage at the line, connecting on 19-of-27, while the Indians were just 4-of-4, all coming in the opening half.
The Indians faced its toughest competition in its final game against the Division 1 team Euphony in Liege. Duke Phipps helped keep the Indians close, scoring all 10 of his team-leading point total in the opening 10 minutes. Catawba trailed 57-31 at the half and scored only 13 points after the break and fell 98-44. Graves and Magnusson had seven points each. The trip ended with a tour of Paris before flying back to the States on Monday.