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K-State’s final exhibition in Brazil canceled

  • Eagle staff
  • Published Wednesday, August 15, 2012, at 7:12 p.m.

The Kansas State basketball team didn’t play its final scheduled exhibition game of a week-long trip through Brazil on Wednesday. The game was canceled because of scheduling conflicts, according to a news release issued by K-State.

The Wildcats will fill the remainder of their time in Brazil with additional team and cultural activities.

“Obviously, we’re disappointed with not being able to play a fifth game,” coach Bruce Weber said. “It’s just part of being on an international trip. There are a lot of things that are just out of your control.”

K-State finished its four-game tour of the country with a 2-2 record. It lost its last game 74-72 to Tijuca Club. The game was physical and filled with fouls. Disputing a few of them earned Weber a pair of technical fouls and his ejection.

Though it is a bad memory to end on, Weber said the trip was beneficial.

“Overall, I think it was a good trip,” Weber said. “First, we had 10 days of practice before the trip that allowed us the opportunity to start implementing our system. This trip has been a great chance to get to know our players better on the basketball court, but personally as well.

“We had some difficult circumstances. I wish we wouldn’t have had such a tough competitor in game one. I would rather slowly build up the competition as the trip goes on. However, it was good for our guys and now we know what we need to focus on when we get back.”

Sophomore point guard Angel Rodriguez led all scorers on the trip with an average of 10.3 points per game. Adrian Diaz, Rodney McGruder and Nino Williams all averaged nine points a game.

K-State players will get most of Thursday to enjoy Rio de Janeiro before boarding an overnight flight home. They are scheduled to arrive back in Manhattan by early Friday afternoon.

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