Illini junior forward from Fisher updates us daily on the team's trip in Italy
After a much needed night of rest, we started off our second day in Italy on Tuesday with breakfast in the hotel followed by a tour of the Piazza Santa Maria Delle Grazie.
The guided tour consisted of a brief history of the monument, along with a 15-minute viewing period inside the refectory where Da Vinci’s ‘The Last Supper’ painting is held. Learning the numerous conflicts that the painting has endured, it’s unbelievable to see it still standing today. Now, it was time to use the rest of the afternoon to shake off any remaining jet lag and prepare for our game against CUS Insubria that started at 7 p.m. local time.
Greetings from Italy Every day during the Illini basketball team’s overseas trip, the pride of Fisher, Illinois junior Zach Griffith,will check in.
Walking into the gym in Varese, I was reminded of my playing days at the Fisher Grade School in junior high ... except without air conditioning this time. CUS Insubria was made up of local 21-22 year-old Italians and two Serbians that flew in just to play our squad. Needless to say, they didn’t have much experience playing together, but they had a few talented players that made for a competitive game.
The first five minutes were about getting adjusted to the heat and getting our feet back under us after being off for multiple days due to travel. After the halfway point in the first quarter, things started to click, leading to a 118-56 win. Everyone gave great contributions on both sides of the ball and Ayo Dosunmu led our balanced scoring attack with 27 points.
The focus on Tuesday night was recovery and staying hydrated for a quick turnaround on Wednesday. We will take on the Gazzada All-Stars at 8 p.m. local time here on Wednesday following a tour of Lake Como in the morning. Stay tuned Illini fans!