Last week, while the Northeastern Huskies were touring the Canadian countryside, the Old Dominion Monarchs ventured on their 10-day, four game European tour of Italy and Greece.
The trip marked the 5th time in school history that ODU traveled overseas for a summer tune-up. This particular trip consisted of playing in amazing venues and visiting historic landmarks like the Como, the Spanish Steps, the Vatican/Museum, Athens, and the Acropolis.
The Monarchs first played the Mestre Club in Senna Comasco in Milan, Italy. In a blowout victory, N.C. State transfer and 6-foot-9 forward DeShawn Painter had an incredible debut for the Monarchs as he poured in 21 points and snatched 20 rebounds.
Next, the ODU squad spanked Orvieto in the middle of Rome on an outdoor rubberized court, 84-42. Junior Donte Hill led all scorers with 19 points and Painter posted another double-double for the Monarchs.
For the team’s third game, they traveled to Athens, Greece and played against Doukas. Many players shined in the Monarchs’ 74-38 victory. Keying the win, Hill had had another stellar game for the Monarchs posting an impressive 17 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists. Nick Wright led all scorers with 26 points. Following that match-up, the Monarchs faced Filathlikos three days later. Hill led all scorers again, with 19 points.
Overall, coach Blaine Taylor has a lot to look forward to this season. Guards Donte Hill and Dimitri Batten led a very balanced scoring attack for the Monarchs over the course of their four games. Hill averaged an impressive 17.3 points per game while Batten added 12.5 points a night as well. Painter’s two double doubles in as many nights is a very good sign for the Monarchs as well.
After a safe trip home from Europe, the team now must switched their focus away from this glorious sights of the west and onto this upcoming winter season.