June 7, 2013
By Brian Grant | UTAMavs.com
ARLINGTON, Texas – UT Arlington men's basketball players Brandon Edwards and Reger Dowell returned from their two-week tour of Spain with the Athletes in Action basketball team with a perfect record and memories to match. The team went undefeated during the trip, finishing with a 5-0 record.
"It was great to leave the country and play against some professional competition" said Dowell, a transfer set to play for the Mavericks for the first time this fall as a junior. "I think it was a good experience for me, and I definitely got a little homesick, but it was a good experience and I liked it a lot."
The team played against five professional European teams on their trip, and had to learn how to adapt to the play of European-style of basketball.
"It was very different than over here," said Edwards, who is going into his senior season. "The game is more spread out, like not as physical as it is over here. It's a lot different and it took a while to adjust to."
Besides basketball, the team also hosted some basketball clinics for the kids in the communities that they were visiting.
"It was the best part to me" Dowell said. "Everybody signed about 500 to 1,000 autographs."
Edwards also enjoyed his time with the clinics for the kids.
"They made us feel like stars out there." he said. "All the little kids thought we were like NBA players, like we were all going to be the next LeBron James or something."
Both Dowell and Edwards played well in their stint with the Athletes in Action. Edwards averaged about seven points and nine rebounds per game, while also recording a double-double in the team's second game with a game-high 10 points and 12 rebounds. Dowell averaged nine points and four assists per game, finishing strong with a game-high 23 points in the team's last game.
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