@GWU_MBK Dominican Republic Journal: Day 3

@GWU_MBK Dominican Republic Journal: Day 3

The Runnin' Bulldogs played their third and final game of the tour against Club San Carlos. Tyrell Nelson (Charlotte, N.C.) got Gardner-Webb going with a quick four points to start the game which, combined with a good defensive team effort, allowed the Runnin' Bulldogs to open a 22-14 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Gardner-Webb then found its offensive stride early in the second quarter thanks to multiple three-pointers from Justin Jenkins (Knoxville, Tenn.) and Liam O'Reilly (Austin, Texas). Jamaal Robateau (Queensland, New South Wales, Australia) added to the onslaught with a pair of deep treys as the Runnin' Bulldogs went into the break leading 47-33.

Freshman Patrick Zeck (Atlanta, Ga.) came alive off the bench for the Runnin' Bulldogs early in the second half, providing an extra spark of offensive with eight points - including three put-backs - before San Carlos got into a rhythm and cut the lead to 68-58 at the end of the third quarter. San Carlos kept the momentum going with a 5-0 run to start the fourth period, but Gardner-Webb quickly responded with an 8-0 of its own and never looked back en route to a 90-75 win.  

DJ Laster (Pensacola, Fla.) paced the Runnin' Bulldogs with 14 points and six rebounds, as Robateau added 12 points, five boards and a 71 percent clip from the floor. David Efianayi (Orlando, Fla.) put up 10 points and Laquincy Rideau (West Palm Beach, Fla.) dished out a team-high seven assists Jamaal Robateauulldogs scored in the contest.

Jamaal Robateau: Day 3 in his own words

Today we went to an all girls orphanage. Many of these girls were abandoned by their families and loved ones. The 44 girls that live in the orphanage greeted us with a saying that I thought was very powerful and touching: "I am who the greater I am, says I am".

We started our visit by handing out coloring books, pencils, crayons, journals and pens, which the girls were very grateful for. We then spent about an hour playing with the girls and helping them color. We also brought balloons that we made into flowers.

After playing with the girls, they shared something very special with us. They shared 3 songs with us, during which some of the girls played instruments. They were extremely talented. The rest of the girls sang nicely and danced too. Some of the dances and songs came from Africa, and they asked us to take them with us back to the US to share the dance moves with our friends.

The few hours we spent at the orphanage were really special to me. Knowing that these girls came from terrible situations, and were found and brought to this orphanage but yet still happy and full of joy is really a true blessing. The grace of God really is beautiful!