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Tuesday, June 28, 2005
NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee State University men's basketball team will travel to the Phillipines in July for a series of exhibition basketball games. The trip had originally been scheduled for late May through June 6, but was postponed until July. The Tigers will depart July 7 and return July 19. While in the Phillipines, TSU will play at least three games, and a fourth contest is possible. The team will play collegiate Phillipines teams and possibly an all-star team from the country's college teams. The Tigers will also participate in youth clinics while on the trip. The trip is being sponsored through Servair, Inc. Robert Farmer, a TSU graduate, is president of the company. "This is a great opportunity for our basketball program," said TSU coach Cy Alexander. "I am very appreciative to Mrs. (Teresa) Phillips (TSU Director of Athletics), and Mr. Farmer for allowing us to make this trip. It is great to represent Tennessee State on such a trip." The team began practice on Monday and both Coach Alexander and Mrs. Phillips addressed members of the media prior to the first practice. The Tigers will make the trip with seven players. Incoming signees are allowed to practice, but not permitted to make the journey in accordance to NCAA rules.