SWEET TASTE OF HOME

ANZAC Biscuits a special treat from my family

HEY everybody!

It was another busy week here as we finished off our road trip with a win against the L.A. Lakers, a loss against Portland and a win against the Denver Nuggets.

Getting the chance to play at the Staples Center was a great opportunity.

I’ve watched a lot of Lakers games growing up, and especially the play-offs, so it was cool to play on the same court.

The Lakers are missing some players, with Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash out, but other players stepped up for them and it was a close game all the way through.

It was good to be able to help contribute defensively and hit a few three’s to help get the win, 120-118.

After the game it was great to catch up with a few familiar faces - Rick Croy, who was an assistant coach at Saint Mary’s for three years, and his family, and a couple of Bendigo Brave team-mates, Matt Bartlett and Joel Keighran, and his brother, Bryce.

Our game in Portland was close. It was tied at 96-all with two minutes to go, but they went on a 12-0 run to win 108-96. 

Portland is a tough team to defend as they have an All-Star in LaMarcus Aldridge and four three-point threats.

I was very hungry and they tasted great, so I had more than a couple

After the Portland game it was great to catch up with Bendigo Braves' legend and my coach for a number of years, Dave Flint, and his wife, Naomi.

I also got to say hello to Stephen Holt’s (my Saint Mary’s team-mate) Dad, Greg, and sister Ilyssa, and under-18 Victoria Country state coach Adam Tarr and his son Patrick.

The next day we had the day off in Portland, so we got a chance to go to the Nike store.

Portland is the home of Nike, so all the gear they had in the store was very impressive.

Our fifth game of the road trip was at Denver, also known as the ‘Mile High City’.

This is because Denver has an elevation of around 5200 feet or 1600 meres.

This is an advantage for the home team because when you are not used to the elevation, you could experience shortness of breath, cottonmouth and dehydration.

It is important to hydrate well the night before and the morning of the game to minimise these symptoms.

Despite this, we had one of our better team wins of the season, 117-109.

My family flew home this week after a long stay.

It was great having them here and it was cool to show them around Cleveland.

I got a great surprise when I got back to my apartment after the long road trip - my family had made me some ANZAC Biscuits!

I was very hungry and they tasted great, so I had more than a couple.

We have our next five games at home, so it's a great opportunity to gain some momentum for the second half of the season.

Thanks everyone for the support, I appreciate it.

If anyone would like to hear about anything in particular, you can tweet to me @matthewdelly.

Have a great week!

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