Although it was an 8-hour drive round-trip to PZ and back, it was worth it for 1) the win and 2) one of the most scenic basketball road-trips I've been on. The jungle, the Pacific coast, crocodiles, the Costa Rican sunset while driving up a mountain...definitely beats the rides down I-90 in New England in December. (I mean Worcester's a great town, but having to stare at a linear algebra problem-set on the back of a Peter Pan bus while stuck in the snow for 2 hours isn't really the definition of a big-time college basketball player. Well, having to ask if the locker room showers in PZ have hot water isn't really the definition of a big-time professional basketball player either. "Hot water? You think this is UCLA? Be thankful there is electricity here" - Daniel Simmons).
The game was another battle, as they all will be. Perez Zeledon has two very good American players, Derrick Lamar and Tyrone McNeal, who I'm pretty sure combined for 60 of their team's 74 points. I came out strong again with a solid first half, but cooled off (again) in the second (I ended with 13 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists, and 4 steals, most of it coming in the first).
With a Barva loss to Liceo, Escazu is now in first place at 4-0. We play them Wednesday at home.