DME Boys National Team’s Journey to France

A New Chapter in DME History

Earlier this month, The DME Boys Basketball team embarked on an european expedition to Cholet, France, marking their first foreign tour to compete against international teams. But this trip wasn’t merely about basketball, it was a chance for the team to experience a completely new culture, play under new rules and compete against some of the best teams in France and Europe. 

The Games Begin

After a grueling 24-hour voyage, the team arrived in Cholet, France. Their inaugural friendly took place in a packed arena in Salle de l’Arceau located about 3 hours south west of Paris where they were able to secure a 100-90 victory despite making the adjustment to FIBA rules. 

Culture and Community Engagement

The next day before their second game, the boys seized the opportunity to explore the streets of Paris, climbing the Eiffel Tower and of course enjoying the french bread and other local cuisine. The team then hosted a basketball camp for over 50 local youngsters in Cholet, fostering skill development and camaraderie. The team also visited a nearby elementary school and shared laughs and took questions while assisting the students with their English. 

Tournament Play and Individual Highlights

Jaylen Robinson shined during tournament play and delivered a jaw-dropping 40-point performance in the game against Polaris Prep out of Canada, and he also earned a spot into the finals of the dunk contest. Matas Buteliauskas also competed in the skills and showcase and was able to secure runner up in the three point contest while Yamar’e Bell won the skills challenge. 

A Trip Of A Lifetime

Beyond the scoreboard, this trip nurtured team cohesion, broadened the boys cultural horizons and left a lasting imprint on the communities they encountered. As the boys returned home we were thrilled to hear about how impactful this trip was for the coaching staff, players and our partners in France. To learn more about DME Academy’s prestigious men’s basketball program and how you can be apart of the legacy we are building here in Daytona, Florida and abroad, click here

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