Hawks Head North of the Border
Aug. 8, 2018

PRINCESS ANNE, Maryland The University of Maryland Eastern Shores basketball team will travel to Montreal, Canada for a week beginning this Friday through next Thursday (Aug. 10-16).

The Hawks will play in four exhibition games during their trip and also get a chance to tour various sites throughout Montreal and neighboring cities and provinces.

This trip is a big benefit for us because we got the opportunity to spend ten days practicing prior and the games will be the icing on the cake, Coach Clifford Reed said. Also, the experience of traveling abroad is an invaluable educational experience for the team.

Eastern Shore will feature five new players to the program this season Canaan Bartley, Bryan Urrutia, Marlon Adams, Gabriel Gyamfi, and AJ Cheeseman and the extra practice should help them gel with the returners from last years team.



I think going to Canada is definitely going to help our chemistry and camaraderie as a team, guard Ryan Andino said. The trip also gives us a chance to work on the new plays we have and that will benefit us going into the preseason.

Andino, along with forwards Dontae Caldwell and Isaac Taylor, will be returning to the lineup this season after injury kept them out a season ago.

The trip to Canada will serve as a team bonding experience for the Hawks in addition to extra exhibition games.

Guys will be more comfortable with each other after the trip, Taylor said. As we become a family off the court that will help us play better on the court.

The games played over the next week will not count to the Hawks win-lost record this season, so the message will be to get better each day.

Im a process driven person, Reed said. I just want us to be the best we possibly can be in each moment, possession, and day.

Following the Canada trip the Hawks will not face outside competition until the 10-Mile Tipoff versus Salisbury University on Nov. 1.


For more information on Eastern Shore Athletics visit http://www.easternshorehawks.com/.

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