ROME — The University of Illinois men's basketball team finished up their trip to Italy on Saturday.

But unlike the first three games, the Illini lost their toughest test of the tour, 82-72, to the Netherlands National B Team.

After a 20-20 tie in the first quarter, the Netherlands took a 44-35 halftime lead and was up by as much as 20 in the fourth quarter before the Illini made a late comeback.

Illinois got the game to within 77-70, but a miscommunication on a pass gave the Netherlands a chance to build on the lead and finish the game.

Ayo Dosunmu had 27 points, six rebounds and four assists for the Illini, while Tevian Jones and Giorgi Bezhanishvili each had 10 points and Trent Frazier and Alan Griffin each added eight points.

Assistant Orlando Antigua served as head coach for the game as Brad Underwood wrapped up his goal of giving each member of the staff the opportunity to lead the team for a game during the tour.

The Illini will spend the next three days sightseeing around Rome — highlighted by tours of the Colosseum and Vatican City — before flying back to the United States on Wednesday.


DHS to host tryouts and practices

DANVILLE — Practices and tryouts for Danville High School’s athletic teams are coming up next week.

The football team will start practice on Monday from 3:30-6:30 p.m. at the DHS practice field. Also on Monday, the boys golf team will start at Turtle Run Golf Course at 3:30 p.m., girls swimming will go from 3:30-5:30 p.m. at the DHS pool; cross country will meet at 6 p.m. at Danville High School and girls tennis will go from 3-5 p.m. at the Danville Tennis Club.

Boys Soccer will have tryouts and practices on Aug. 14-15 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. at Danville High School, while the volleyball team will also run tryouts from the 14th-15th from 5-7 p.m. at Danville High School.

For information, contact the DHS athletic office at 444-1556.


Danville Recreation Fall Softball

DANVILLE — The City of Danville's recreational softball league is accepting teams for its fall season.

The Men's DH league will run on Fridays from Sept. 6-Oct. 18 and will include eight teams at $300 a team.

There will be 14 total games at Winter Park with games running at 6, 7, 8 and 9 p.m.

Teams must provide legal balls and the first place team will get $200 and the second place team will take home $100. Rained out games will be played on Mondays the following week.

The Coed league will run on Tuesdays from Sept. 3-Oct. 15 and will include eight teams at $150 a team.

There will be seven total games at Winter Park with games running at 6, 7, 8 and 9 p.m.

The first place team will take home $100 and the second place team $50. Rained out games will be played on Thursdays the same week.

The deadline will go until Aug. 30 or until the league is filled.

For information, call 431-2272 or e-mail