It was a high-scoring weekend for GB athletes in Spain with Terry Bywater and Kyle Marsh both scoring 37 points to top the weekend’s points standings in Spain, while there were mixed fortunes for Simon Brown and Jim Palmer in Germany.
Terry Bywater’s 37 points for CD Ilunion included five three-pointers and eight successful free-throws as the six-time Paralympian was the weekend’s joint top-scorer in Spain, along with Marsh. But Bywater’s high-score didn’t stop Ilunion from recording their first defeat of the season.
Abdi Jama, Tyler Baines and Peter Cusack were all playing for Ilunion’s opponents Amivel with Jama scoring 12 points, Baines two points and Cusack one point as the GB trio all played their part in Amivel’s 68:66 win against CD Ilunion.
Gregg Warburton led Ilunion’s final quarter fightback, scoring eight of his 12 points in the final 10 minutes, before one of Bywater’s five three-pointers did draw the scores level in the closing minutes but Amivel scored the extra basket late on to secure the win.
Kyle Marsh joined Bywater in the league’s top-three for total points scored this season with his total of 37 points helping BSR Amiab Albacete to a 76:91 win over reigning Division de Honor champions Bidaideak Bilbao BSR.
Lee Manning recorded 14 points and a team-high 10 rebounds for Albacete with Harry Brown and Ben Fox adding four points each to Albacete’s total as they are now one of only three teams to have won their opening three games. James MacSorley scored two points for Bilbao.
One of the other teams to maintain their winning start to the season is current league leaders Mideba Extremadura, whose includes the GB trio of Lewis Edwards, Charlotte Moore and Phil Pratt. All three were part of the Mideba side that beat Fundacion Vital Zuzenak 48:74 at the weekend which saw Pratt post his third consecutive double-double.
Pratt ended the game with 11 points and a league-high 14 assists to top the league’s assists standings, while Moore and Edwards both scored six points.
Lee Fryer was the top-scorer as Servigest Burgos were victorious over Fundacion Aliados on Sunday. Fryer continued his excellent start to the season, scoring a game-high 26 points and recording a joint game leading six assists in Burgos’ 64:54 win. Callum Doherty scored three points towards Burgos’ total.
In Germany, Simon Brown helped extend RSV Lahn-Dill’s 100 per cent winning record to four games as he scored six points in Lahn-Dill’s 59:77 away win at BG Baskets Hamburg. Jim Palmer scored four points for Rhine River Rhinos Wiesbaden as they lost 76:71 against Doneck Dolphins Trier.
In BWB National League, Thomas Harvey had a productive afternoon, scoring 31 points for Mohawks 2 as they beat North Wales Knights 67:52 in Division 1 North, before being part of the Mohawks first team who won their first game of the season 58:52 against London Titans in the Premier Division (10 points, eight assists, seven rebounds).
Brooke Mottram scored six points for Mohawks 2 against North Wales Knights, who included Alex Wilson (20 points), Anastasia Blease (eight points) and Sara Millband.
In France, Finn Tonner’s Red Dragon’s Metz won 77:45 against French champions Hyeres, while Tom Barnes was in action as his Gennevilliers team beat Lille 65:52 in Nationale A.