The University of Arizona’s basketball program has cancelled its third and final exhibition game scheduled for tomorrow near Barcelona, Spain, following a terrorist attack in the historic Las Ramblas district there earlier today.
The statement from Arizona:
“The entire Arizona Basketball travel party on the Spain trip has been accounted for and is safe following the situation in Barcelona today. Our thoughts are with those affected by today’s events. We have decided to cancel our third and final exhibition of the tour and are currently working on travel plans to return home.”
This statement was issued after the program announced via Twitter the team and entire travel party is “safe and accounted for” following the terrorist attack.
Our entire travel party is safe and accounted for following the situation in Barcelona today. Our thoughts are with the people affected.
Junior guard Allonzo Trier weighed in on the terrorist attack that took place in the same city where he and the team, coaching staff and traveling party are located for what was a scheduled exhibition game tomorrow night.
A van driven by the terrorists went into the Las Ramblas district, killing and injuring several people as it plowed into a summer crowd of tourists and residents, police said.
Praying for the world, we need so much help right now.
Yeah it's time to go
Arizona started its three-game exhibition tour in Spain on Sunday. They won the two previous games against teams made of semi-pro players rather easily.
Clemson’s basketball team, also in Barcelona for exhibitions, issued this statement via Twitter:
Travel party with Clemson men's basketball team currently in Barcelona is safe and secure… pic.twitter.com/GsmmGha2dR
Oregon State’s basketball team was close to where the terrorist attack took place. The Beavers have announced they are safe, although their proximity to the attack was scary. They may also cut short their tour.
Scary stuff for OSU basketball, which was near the Barcelona terrorist attack but emerged unharmed. https://t.co/hYzIp0Wjn3
This is a video Arizona released at about 9 a.m. Tucson time today of its players sightseeing in Barcelona:
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