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From Aug. 8-17, the SFA Lumberjacks basketball team is headed to Spain and will visit the cities of Madrid, Zaragoza and Barcelona. While there, the team is set to play four games against various Spanish teams.

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NACOGDOCHES — After playing in Northern Ireland last year, the SFA men’s basketball team will again be crossing the Atlantic Ocean for an international excursion in August.

From Aug. 8-17, the Lumberjacks, who played in 2018 Basketball Hall of Fame Belfast Classic in Belfast, Northern Ireland, are headed to Spain and will visit the cities of Madrid, Zaragoza and Barcelona. While there, the team is set to play four games against various Spanish teams from around the country.

“We are excited to take our program abroad this August,” fourth-year SFA head coach Kyle Keller said. “Competing against international competition for four games, learning about and immersing ourselves in the Spanish culture from an educational standpoint are things our student athletes have only dreamed of. I am excited to watch our nine new players and four returners grow and bond throughout these next few weeks.”

“Personally this is the fourth team I have had the pleasure of experiencing a a summer foreign tour with,” Keller said. “Each of the previous three times I have been involved in an experience like this, tremendous results during the regular season and postseason have followed. Our guys have worked really hard since arriving to Nacogdoches in June. In that time they have put in a lot of work in the weight room and with our staff for individual skill instruction. This trip is a culmination of our summer workouts and I’m fired up to put everything together on an international stage with this group that has been very fun to be around.”

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