Florida Tech’s Corbin Jackson and Isaac Spence Reflect on UK Tour
By Florida Tech // August 18, 2015
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – The Leicester Riders took the victory over Florida Tech on Saturday in their final game of their UK tour.
Senior duo Corbin Jackson and Isaac Spence will return to the classroom at Florida Tech and took time out after the game to reflect upon the 10-day trip and how it has impacted their team.
Florida native Corbin Jackson finished the exhibition game with 18 points and 16 rebounds however was complimentary on how the Riders team played.
“[The Riders] were definitely the best competition we have faced since we have been here. I loved it! I like to compete and play at a high level and I felt I held my own and did fairly well so the game was good.
“It didn’t end how we wanted it to but we competed and it was a great learning experience for the team and me so you couldn’t ask for anything better.”
Co-Captain Isaac Spence added, “The Riders are a great team and we would have liked to come away with a win, especially going down to a buzzer beater but there were little mistakes throughout the game that are easy to correct.”
As Spence reflected on the game, he expressed his excitement for how the trip will catapult the team into preparations for the season after a good ten days in England.
“We usually don’t start until mid-October so this has given us a great opportunity to get a little of chemistry and be around the guys and get the offense going. Hopefully it gives us a head start, as we will reach October having already had these few weeks together.”
Athletic wing Corbin Jackson, who made a good impression in the game, finishing with 18 points and 16 rebounds, is clear on his ambition after this final season with the Panthers.
“My goal after this season is to play professional, whether that is the NBA or elsewhere that basketball takes me. I feel I have a good opportunity to play afterwards so I have taken this trip as an opportunity to build a resume and see what it is like.
“It is a good chance to find different ways to play the game, how it is officiated over here, the difference between the professional game and the college level.
“I have responsibilities that have been placed upon me now so this year is about staying focused on and off the court.”
Spence has one clear goal for the team as they begin school today back in Florida.
“The first goal when we get back is to get everyone in class on Monday, no matter what.”
“We want to just build off of this trip, especially as we have been playing well on this tour and have a lot of good chemistry. Randy Echols and I are the only two players left from my freshman year when won the conference tournament and got our Championship rings and that is really the only focus this year.”
As Isaac Spence reaches his final year at college he realizes that this may be his final season of basketball, making the goal of reaching the heights of his freshman year all the more imminent.
“We want to get back to that point. The last few years we have ended the season with a loss, which is a hard way to go out, and if this is my last season I want to go out with a win and go out with a ring.”