It was another successful weekend for GB athletes continuing their club seasons in Europe and further afield including game-high points and rebound totals for Lee Manning as BSR Amiab Albacete – featuring five GB athletes – continued their winning start to the season in Spain.
There was also a win for Simon Brown in a top of the table clash in Germany, while there was also British representation in Italy as four athletes began their seasons, with athletes also in action in the USA, France and in BWB’s National League.
In Spain, Harry Brown, Gaz Choudhry, Ben Fox, Lee Manning and Kyle Marsh all helped BSR Amiab Albacete continue their 100 per cent winning start to the season with their latest victory coming courtesy of a 83:47 win against UCAM Murcia BSR.
Manning was the game’s leading points scorer scoring 27 points and also collected a game-high 18 rebounds, the most in the league. Marsh recorded a game-high 14 assists along with 22 points, keeping him inside the top-three for average points per game scored this season and in the top-five for assists.
Harry Brown scored seven points and Ben Fox four points as they both played their part in Albacete’s fourth win of the season, as did Gaz Choudhry, who returned to competitive action for the first time since the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, scoring five points during his first appearance of the season.
Albacete are still one of three teams to have four wins from their opening four games including Mideba Extremadura with Lewis Edwards, Charlotte Moore and Phil Pratt all part of the starting five in Mideba’s win against Fundacion FDI Las Rozas.
Pratt has the best assists per game record in the league so far this season, adding another 11 to his total against Las Rozas, along with nine points. Edwards added 10 points towards Mideba’s total in their 71:41 victory.
Terry Bywater and Gregg Warburton once again shone for CD Ilunion as they scored a combined 49 points in Ilunion’s 84:46 win over Fundacion Vital Zuzenak.
Bywater led the game’s scoring with 26 points to take his season’s tally past 100 points at an average of 25.5 points per game, the highest total and average in the league. Warburton scored 23 points along with a game-leading eight assists.
Tyler Baines, Peter Cusack and Abdi Jama were part of the Amivel team that made it back-to-back wins; following-up their victory against CD Ilunion last weekend with a win at Fundacion Aliados.
Jama has recently been named as one of the team’s vice-captains and again showed leadership on and off the court, scoring 12 points in Amivel’s 44:73 win. Baines and Cusack both scored four points.
It wasn’t a winning return for James MacSorley when he returned to his former club BSR ACE Gran Canaria. MacSorley scored four points for Bidaideak Bilbao BSR in a close game but it was Gran Canaria who claimed a 68:60 win.
Lee Fryer scored 15 points and recorded the most assists (five) and rebounds (eight) for Servigest Burgos but they lost 83:46 at Iberconsa Amfiv. Callum Doherty was also in action, scoring two points for Burgos.
In Germany, Simon Brown was part of a thrilling game between the top-two in RBBL1, scoring two points as his RSV Lahn-Dill secured a 71:69 victory against RSB Thuringia Bulls in what is always a big battle in the Germany Championship.
There was also a win for Jim Palmer in Germany as Palmer helped Rhine River Rhinos Wiesbaden return to winning ways with a 69:37 win against BBC Munsterland.
In Italy, it was a winning start to the season for Sophie Carrigill, Ian Sagar and Oliver Griffith-Salter. Sagar and Carrigill were both part of the Briantea84 Cantù team that began their Serie A season with a 37:77 win at PDM Treviso. Sagar scored eight points and collected six rebounds.
Griffith-Salter also made a winning start to his first season in Italy, coming off the bench to help Avis S. Stefano Sport to a 36:77 victory against Special Bergamo Sport Montello. Martin Edwards scored eight points and collected a game-high 15 rebounds for Bergamo.
Joy Haizelden was back in action in the USA as the University of Alabama took part in the Hollister Invitational. It was a mixed weekend for Haizelden with Alabama starting their weekend with a 51:66 defeat to Fort Lauderdale, before Haizelden scored eight points the following day as Alabama beat ABC Medical 58:47.
Kayla Bell and Siobhan Fitzpatrick both played for CWBA 2 in the only BWB National League fixture of the weekend which saw victory go to High Rollers in Division 2 South (55:45).
In France, Fin Tonner played as his Red Dragon’s Metz team beat Club Sportif de Meaux Basket Fauteuil 63:83 in Nationale A.