Kyle Marsh posted a weekend-high 36 points including six three-pointers as GB players starred for BSR Amiab Albacete in Spain, while the play-offs began in Germany with victories for Helen Freeman, Simon Brown and Ian Sagar.
Marsh led the scoring for Albacete during their dominant 103:29 victory against Fundacion Vital Zuzenak with an impressive display, scoring his first of six maximums inside the opening 10 seconds of the game. Marsh also recorded 10 assists – the second highest of the game behind club and GB teammate Gaz Choudhry.
Choudhry ended the game with his second triple-double of the season, with 18 points and game-high totals for both assists (15) and rebounds (14). The Paralympic bronze medallist is in the top-five for total points scored, total assists and efficiency in Division de Honor this season.
It was also another efficient display from Lee Manning, scoring 24 points and collecting 10 rebounds as GB internationals scored 89 of Albacete’s points. Nine of those were scored by Ben Fox, who also claimed eight rebounds, while Harry Brown totalled two points and eight assists as Albacete moved back up to second in the table, two points behind league leaders Bidaideak Bilbao BSR.
Albacete are level on points with James MacSorley’s BSR ACE Gran Canaria, who lost 66:50 to Mideba Extremadura. George Bates and Phil Pratt were both in action for Mideba, with Pratt securing a triple-double in another all-action performance.
13 points along with game-high totals of 11 assists and 13 rebounds were Pratt’s final match figures. Bates scored 18 points, placing his season average within the top-five leading points scorers in the league.
MacSorley scored one point for Gran Canaria, who are third in the Division de Honor table.
Terry Bywater and Gregg Warburton both featured in a high-scoring affair between Fundacion Aliados and their team CD Ilunion. Bywater recorded 23 points, a game-leading 10 assists and nine rebounds, while Gregg Warburton scored 10 points to help Ilunion to a 51:96 win, their third successive victory.
Lee Fryer posted his highest points total of the season so far with 27 points along with seven assists and seven rebounds as Servigest Burgos beat Fundacion FDI Las Rozas, 58:72. Will Bonner scored two points as the two GB Academy athletes continued their debut seasons in Spain.
There was also an away victory for Abdi Jama as he scored 10 points in Amivel’s 30:78 win at Getafe BSR. Lewis Edwards scored six points as he and Sam Mack both played for Iberconsa Amfiv in their 54:62 defeat to league leaders Bidaideak Bilbao BSR.
In Germany, both of the RBBL1 Championship play-off semi-finals feature British interest, and there were victories for Helen Freeman, Simon Brown and Ian Sagar in the first of the best-of-three semi-final series.
Brown was among the starters for RSV Lahn-Dill in their 30:66 win at Hannover United, while Sagar scored 10 points from the bench to give Lahn-Dill the advantage heading into this weekend’s second game.
Freeman and her RSB Thuringia Bulls side hold the advantage in the other semi-final as Freeman helped Bulls to a 49:62 victory in game one against Baskets 96 Rahden. Thomas Smith was in action from the start for Rahden, while Peter Cusack came off the bench to record 10 points and six rebounds.
Most Points (GB Players)
36 – Kyle Marsh (Spain; Albacete)
27 – Lee Fryer (Spain; Burgos)
24 – Lee Manning (Spain; Albacete)
Most Assists (GB Players)
15 – Gaz Choudhry (Spain; Albacete)
11 – Phil Pratt (Spain; Mideba)
10 – Terry Bywater (Spain; Ilunion); Kyle Marsh (Spain; Albacete)
Most Rebounds (GB Players)
14 – Gaz Choudhry (Spain; Albacete)
13 – Phil Pratt (Spain; Mideba)
10 – Lee Manning (Spain; Albacete)