GB’s Terry Bywater continued his fine form in Spain, scoring a league-high 49 points against five of his GB teammates, while Ian Sagar and Martin Edwards both impressed in their Italian League season openers.
Bywater – who has now scored 136 points across four games this season – scored three three-pointers within the opening 92 seconds of CD Ilunion’s Spanish League game against Mideba Extremadura; the start of another impressive points haul for the five-time Paralympian.
His 14 two-pointers and seven three-pointers saw Bywater score over 60 per cent of CD Ilunion’s 80 points as they beat Mideba Extremadura 80-55.
On the other side of the court, Phil Pratt and George Bates both scored 17 points with GB players scoring all of Mideba’s points. Gregg Warburton added nine points to their total, with Ben Fox scoring eight and Abdi Jama four.
In Italy, Martin Edwards impressed in his season opener as he scored 32 points in Santa Lucia’s 69-72 victory over Porto Torres, in addition to six assists.
Ian Sagar made his debut for Special Sport Bergamo, scoring 23 points, as his new team lost 79-59 to reigning champions reigning champions S. Stefano Avis.
Back to Spain, Lee Manning totalled 16 rebounds – the second most in the division – to help BSR Amiab Albacete to a 77-52 victory over Iberconsa Amfiv.
On top of his rebound haul, Manning was also Albacete’s top-scoring British player, scoring 14 points. Harry Brown claimed his highest points total of the season so far with 11 points; one more than Gaz Choudhry’s total.
Completing the scoring for Albacete was Kyle Marsh, who scored six points. Lewis Edwards scored two points and collected six assists for Amfiv; a side which also featured Sam Mack.
James MacSorley was part of a Gran Canaria side which claimed back-to-back wins, beating CB Las Rozas FDI 61-39.
In Germany, Simon Brown helped RSV Lahn-Dill to two wins in the cup; a 92-25 win against Bayreuth and a 77-49 victory over RBB Munich Iguanas.
Jim Palmer’s Rhine River Rhinos overturned an eight-point deficit in the final quarter to reach the quarter-finals of the cup, thanks to a 72-70 win over Rahden.
GB top scorers
49 points – Terry Bywater (Spain)
32 points – Martin Edwards (Italy)
23 points – Ian Sagar (Italy)
GB top assists
11 assists – Phil Pratt (Spain)
6 assists – Martin Edwards (Italy); Lewis Edwards (Spain)
5 assists – Gaz Choudhry (Spain); Kyle Marsh (Spain)
GB top rebounds
16 rebounds – Lee Manning (Spain)
7 rebounds – Ben Fox (Spain)
6 rebounds – George Bates (Spain)