Creighton center Gregory Echenique is trying out for the Venezuelan National Team, which in early September will try to qualify for the 2012 Olympics. While he's away, we'll have periodic updates on GoCreighton.com in a segment we're calling "The Big E Diareee", thanks to a Facebook contest suggestion from Tyler Anderson.
Below is his fourth entry.
Today it was game day vs. Japan. We had an early shootaround, then we had some time to rest from 10 am to 2:30 pm. We went to eat and left right after to beat traffic to Caracas. It is almost an hour drive. Once there I could see a line of people waiting to get in the game and it was only 5 pm. When the game began at 7 pm. just like expected, we had a packed house. It was sold out and very loud in the arena (Parque Miranda). The way it is set up, it is like the people are on top of you, the bench is very close to the fans and you can hear everything but the coach at times.
I ended up with 12 points and 5 rebounds in 15 minutes, and we won 91-53. I started the game as well. I felt comfortable and wasn't nervous at all. I thought we looked good out there as a team. Everyone came to do their job and we were really aggressive. I think the fact we have been practicing so hard and now we get to go against new people helps. I got good comments from everyone after the game and the support was more than I could ask for. I'm thankful for that, and now we play tomorrow again, same time, and I'm hoping to bring the same intensity.