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(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Pleasant Grove's Matt Conway loses the ball to Lone Peak's Nick Curtis and Lone Peak's Zach Frampton as Lone Peak faces Pleasant Grove High School in the 5A state championship boys basketball game at the Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City, Saturday, March 8, 2014.
Prep basketball: Dubai tourney an eye-opener for Lone Peak
Boys basketball » Knights’ players sample the beach, local cuisine and world’s tallest building
First Published Jun 20 2014 11:09 am • Last Updated Jun 20 2014 11:34 pm

Editor’s note

Lone Peak High School basketball player Nick Curtis and the four-time defending 5A champion Knights are playing in an an international basketball tournament in Dubai against some of the top teams in the U.S. Curtis has beein keeping a journal about his experiences.

At a glance

Huntington Prep 72

Lone Peak 68

Dubai » The defendng 5A boys basketball champion Lone Peak Knights fell just short in their bid to get to the title game of the Dubai Tournament here Friday.

Lone Peak’s Frank Jackson continued his torrid tournament play, pouring in 40 points, but the Knights fell 72-68 to Huntington Prep of West Virgina in the semifinals.

Lone Peak started fast and led 33-22 at the half, but wilted under a 50-point Huntington onslaught in the second half that was led by Ronshad Shabazz.

Shabazz scored 34 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead Huntington Prep, whil Thomas Bryant and 19 points and 10 boards.

Nick Curtis added 10 points and five rebounds for the Knights. Jackson and Curtis were the only two Lone Peak players in double figures.

The Knights will play Simeon in the tournament’s third-place game on Saturday before returning to Utah.

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Day 1

We left our homes in good old old Alpine and drove to Salt Lake City International Airport. The first leg of the trip to Atlanta lasted four hours, but it felt longer. After landing, we had about one hour to get on the international flight to Dubai.

Mentally, we all knew what was about to come. Rumor was that the flight from Atlanta to Dubai was 14 hours long. Fourteen hours in sitting position, either trying to find a comfortable position to sleep, or finding an entertaining movie to help speed the time up is a long time.

Fiknally, after what seemed years, the pilot came on the intercom and annokunced that we would begin our descent to land. It was like music to our ears because containing all these long-legged basketgball players in a chair in sitting position took a toll on us physicallyl and mentally.

After we claimed our baggage and regained our ability to walk, it was off to the bus to see Dubai. It was almost 10 p.m. there so it was dark outside. The moment we stepped foot outside the airport, the heat and humidity hit us like a bat hits a baseball. It was a slap in the face and our guide told us we hadn’t even had the worst of it. He said this was really cold compared to other days.

As we got onto the bus, we were just excited to see what we could of this mystery city. What we saw was incredible. Super tall buildinhgs were towering over us like parents tower over children. The bright lights covered the city and it reminded me of what Las Vegas looks like at night.

Somehow, we were tired and excited at the same time when we arrived at oukr hotel. We quickly retired to our rooms and began to sleep.

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And so we ended our first day in Dubai.

Day 3

Every team has a day where it doesn’t play a game. Today was that day for us. We began our morning with a yummy breakfast, and then it was off to our bus. We were excited for our first real tour of Dubai.

Our tour guide’s name was Muhammed. We started by driving to to the well-known Hotel Atlantis. Atlantis was a lot bigger than I imagined and probablly really, expensive, but it was truly breathtaking.

Across the street from Atlantis was the Arabian Sea with beautiful blue water that seemed to stretch for miles.

From there, we drove to Burj Al Arab. The Burj Al Arab looks like a giant modern-day sailboat is the only, seven star hotel in the world. From what we could see, it lived up to its expectation.

Next stop ws the beach. As we excited the bus, we all began to take our shoes off and prepare to take our first step in the sand. Without thinking, we all took a great leap up and plunged our feet into the sand.

In the midst of all our joyh, we began to realize our mistake. The sande was extremely hot and within a matter of seconds, our feet started to feel like they were burning off.

Quickly we all ran over to the water to relieve our feet. Now this water wasn’t like any other regular cold clean water. This water was warm. It felt as if you were in a cool hot tub,

Our parents took a number of parents and then we were on our way again.

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