Gaz Choudhry was the leading British points scorer and posted the joint-highest assists total in Spain during a weekend which included double delight for Terry Bywater and Gregg Warburton, and a successful return to action in Germany for Simon Brown and Ian Sagar.
It’s been a high-scoring start to the season for GB players, a trend which continued over the weekend, with Choudhry scoring 27 points and recording a league-high 16 assists as British players impressed in BSR Amiab Albacete’s 79:65 win over James MacSorley’s BSR Ace Gran Canaria.
Sixty-nine of Albacete’s 79 points were scored by British players with Lee Manning scoring 20 points to continue his record as having one of the best points and efficiency averages in the league this season, along with a game-high 11 rebounds against Gran Canaria.
James MacSorley scored six points as Gran Canaria’s unbeaten start to the season came to an end.
It was a successful weekend for Terry Bywater and Gregg Warburton, who celebrated two wins from two games during a busy couple of days for CD Ilunion. Their first win came on Friday evening as Bywater scored 16 points and Warburton six in Ilunion’s 87:69 victory against Servigest Burgos.
After victory over Burgos, CD Ilunion secured their second win of the weekend, just over 24 hours later, thanks to a 68:41 win over Abdi Jama’s Amivel. Bywater and Warburton scored eight and six points, respectively, while Jama scored four points for Amivel.
It was Bywater and Warburton’s second game of the weekend against British players with Will Bonner and Lee Fryer both playing for Burgos. Fryer scored two three-pointers in his points tally of 11 against CD Ilunion, before scoring four points in Burgos’ defeat to Bidaideak Bilbao BSR on Saturday. It’s the start of a busy period for the two Academy athletes who will be back in league action on Tuesday against Fundacion Aliados (11:00, UK Time).
After their two wins, Ilunion are two points behind Mideba Extremadura in the table with Mideba – featuring GB’s George Bates, Billy Bridge and Phil Pratt – extending their winning start to the season to six games with victory over Iberconsa Amfiv, 75:44.
Bridge was the highest scoring British player in Badajoz, scoring 13 points, while Bates and Pratt scored nine and six points, respectively, as they helped Mideba continue their perfect season to date.
In Germany, it was a successful return to action for Simon Brown and Ian Sagar as RSV Lahn-Dill played their first game in five weeks. Sagar scored 17 points and Brown three as Lahn-Dill beat Baskets 96 Rahden 63:74 in a game which featured five GB players.
Thomas Smith was Rahden’s top-scorer with 20 points, Peter Cusack was influential at both ends of the court, posting 12 points along with a game-high 13 rebounds (all defensive) and Jake Robinson added two points to Rahden’s total.
With Helen Freeman’s RSB Thuringia Bulls game postponed, Jim Palmer was the only other GB player to be in action in Germany, scoring two points as his Rhine River Rhinos Wiesbaden side continued their mixed start to the season with a 75:43 defeat against Hannover United.
Most Points (GB Players)
27 – Gaz Choudhry (Albacete; Spain)
20 – Lee Manning (Albacete; Spain); Thomas Smith (Rahden; Germany)
17 – Ian Sagar (Lahn-Dill; Germany)
Most Assists (GB Players)
16 – Gaz Choudhry (Albacete; Spain)
7 – Terry Bywater (Ilunion v Amivel; Spain); Gregg Warburton (Ilunion v Amivel; Spain)
6 – Terry Bywater (Ilunion v Burgos; Spain)
Most Rebounds (GB Players)
13 – Peter Cusack (Rahden; Germany)
12 – Phil Pratt (Mideba; Spain)
11 – Lee Manning (Albacete; Spain)