Aug. 13, 2007
Two Lipscomb basketball players not only had the chance to play the game they love in another country, but they also got a first hand look at how blessed they are in the United States.
Junior center Thomas Pfaff and senior guard LaKory Daniels spent several days in the Dominican Republic this month playing basketball for SCORE. During the day the players, all from NCAA Division I programs, worked with children in villages blighted by extreme poverty, visited an orphanage and also a hospital for physically disabled orphans as part of the outreach program for SCORE which combines basketball with a ministry program.
Each night the SCORE team played games against area teams.
In the first game of the trip SCORE beat San Larazo 69-63, thanks to the hot shooting of Daniels who was five-for-five from 3-point range. Daniels was second on the team in scoring with 21 points. He also led team in assists with five. Pfaff added 11 points and was second in rebounding with nine.
The SCORE Team lost its next game 80-76 against Mauiricio Baez Sr. Daniels scored 17 points and added four assists. Pfaff scored 10 points and grabbed a team-leading seven rebounds.
SCORE beat the San Carlos Major team 93-65 to close out the trip with a 2-1 record.
Pfaff was second in scoring with 18 points and tied for the rebound lead with nine. Daniels finished with seven points, five rebounds and three assists.
The SCORE program began 22 years ago under the direction of Ron Bishop, a former basketball coach at Tennessee Temple. SCORE International is a ministry to expose people to short term missions. They make numerous trips overseas each year, sending teams to play not only basketball but soccer volleyball and baseball.