Islanders Thunder Past Oleggio Basket, 93-53
OLEGGIO, Italy – Rashawn Thomas had a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds to lead four players in double figures, as the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi men's basketball team defeated Oleggio Basket 93-53 in an exhibition on Saturday, Aug. 24. It marked the second win in as many games for the Islanders in their 10-day Italian tour.
John Jordan led all scorers with 15 points, while Jelani Currie added 12 and Jeff Beverly poured in 11 in the victory. The Islanders snared 55 rebounds to Oleggio's 34, and A&M-Corpus Christi shot .473 from the field (35-for-74) in the contest.
The Islanders came out of the gate cold from the field, and Oleggio was just the opposite. Oleggio went 6-for-10 from beyond the arc in the first quarter, several of those from long range, to take a 23-16 lead at the first break.
But the Islanders came out strong, chipping away before finally taking their first lead at 29-28 on a Thomas layup. After a three-point lead gave Oleggio the lead back, the Islanders scored the half's final 14 points, as the 14-0 run sent them into the locker room up 43-31.
The Islanders scored the first six points of the second half before Oleggio finally cracked the scoreboard after the 20-0 run saw the Islanders up 49-31. From there, A&M-Corpus Christi continued to pull away, outscoring Oleggio 27-13 in the third and 23-9 in the fourth. The Islanders pushed the lead to as many as 42 in the final minute, before Oleggio scored the final bucket to result in the final score.
The Islanders have finished their time in the Varese area, and will travel to Florence for two days on Sunday, Aug. 25. They then head to Rome on Tuesday, Aug. 27, where they will play their final two games – against Fondi on Wednesday, Aug. 28, and against Stella Azzura on Thursday, Aug. 29. For all the latest on the Islanders during the trip, be sure to follow the team on Twitter/Instagram (@IslandersMBB).