17 March, 2021

GB athletes star in Albacete win including triple-double for Gaz Choudhry

It was the GB five of Harry Brown, Gaz Choudhry, Ben Fox, Lee Manning and Kyle Marsh who were victorious despite George Bates top-scoring with 24 points as BSR Amiab Albacete beat Mideba Extremadura in Spain’s Division de Honor. 

With seven GB players in action in Albacete, British athletes played a starring role in Albacete’s 70:62 win against Mideba. Kyle Marsh led the points scoring for Albacete with 18 points, while Gaz Choudhry recorded a triple-double of 15 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds to inspire Albacete to victory. 

Lee Manning was instrumental at both ends of the court, scoring 17 points and collecting 11 defensive rebounds in his game-high total of 17 rebounds. Ben Fox scored two points with Harry Brown also playing a part in Albacete’s win. 

George Bates was the game’s top points scorer, scoring 24 points for Mideba, along with 13 total rebounds. Phil Pratt also played the full 40 minutes for the away team, ending the game with eight points, nine assists and seven rebounds. 

Albacete are now second in the table, two points behind league leaders Bidaideak Bilbao BSR, with Mideba fourth, two points behind their opponents, although Mideba have played a game less. 

James MacSorley was also in club action on Saturday, scoring two points in BSR ACE Gran Canaria’s 80:50 win at home to Fundacion FDI Las Rozas. MacSorley’s Gran Canaria are third, level on points with Albacete. 

In Italy, Martin Edwards was the joint top points scorer in the Serie A quarter-final between Special Bergamo Sport Montello and Deco Group Amicacci Giulianova. Edwards posted 24 points and nine rebounds, but his Bergamo side were unable to overturn the deficit from the first leg, losing 64:61 in another close game. 

In Germany, Helen Freeman’s RSB Thuringia Bulls bounced back from their first defeat of the season with victory against BG Baskets Hamburg. Freeman scored two points in a 95:43 victory for Thuringia Bulls, who have already secured their place in the end of season play-offs.  

Most Points (GB athletes) 

24 – George Bates (Spain; Mideba); Martin Edwards (Italy; Bergamo) 

18 – Kyle Marsh (Spain; Albacete) 

17 – Lee Manning (Spain; Albacete) 

Most Assists (GB athletes) 

10 – Gaz Choudhry (Spain; Albacete) 

9 – Phil Pratt (Spain; Albacete) 

8 – Kyle Marsh (Spain; Albacete) 

Most Rebounds (GB athletes) 

17 – Lee Manning (Spain; Albacete) 

13 – George Bates (Spain; Mideba) 

10 – Gaz Choudhry (Spain; Albacete) 

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