Kyle Marsh ended the weekend as the top points scorer in Spain, while there were three GB athletes playing in the Italian Cup Final as well as in action for clubs across Europe and in the USA.
In Spain, it was another high-scoring weekend for Kyle Marsh as he moved to the top of the Division de Honor points standings with a game-leading 28 points for BSR Amiab Albacete in their 78:76 win against BSR ACE Gran Canaria.
March’s total was also the weekend’s joint-highest total in the league as GB athletes scored 71 of Albacete’s 78 points against Gran Canaria including 16 points for Gaz Choudhry and 15 points for Lee Manning, who collected a joint game-high of 12 rebounds.
Harry Brown and Ben Fox added eight and four points, respectively, as the GB five helped Albacete continue their 100 per cent winning start to the season, while ending Gran Canaria’s in the process.
Terry Bywater and Gregg Warburton complete an all-British top-three in the league’s standings for average points scored per game this season. Bywater scored 12 points in CD Ilunion’s latest win over Fundacion FDI Las Rozas, while Warburton added 22 points to the scoreboard with the final score 41:70 to Ilunion.
Warburton led the game’s assists charts with nine assists, one more than Bywater, with both players also in the top-10 for assists this season.
Lewis Edwards, Charlotte Moore and Phil Pratt all helped Mideba Extremadura extend their winning streak to five games with a 67:75 win at Bidaideak Bilabo BSR. Pratt was the game’s top points scorer, recording 26 points, along with eight assists and a game-high nine rebounds.
Edwards contributed six points towards Mideba’s winning total, while James MacSorley scored five points for Bilbao.
Abdi Jama posted his highest points tally of the season so far as he led the points scoring in Amivel’s 60:52 victory against Iberconsa Amfiv. Both Jama and Peter Cusack were part of the starting-five with Cusack scoring three points, while Tyler Baines came off the bench to play his part in Amivel’s third successive victory.
It was another weekend when Lee Fryer recorded over 20 points as he scored 23 points in Servigest Burgos’ 75:74 away defeat at UCAM Murcia BSR. Fryer is sixth in the league’s standings for both average points scored and assists per game, recording the highest number of assists and rebounds for Burgos. Callum Doherty was also part of the Burgos starting five, scoring four points.
In Italy, all eyes were on the conclusion of the Italian Cup which saw three GB athletes feature in Saturday’s Final. To reach the Final, first Sophie Carrigill and Ian Sagar played their part in helping UnipolSai Briantea84 Cantù secure victory in their semi-final with Sagar scoring 11 points as Cantu beat 3A Padova Millennium Basket.
Then Oliver Griffith-Salter ensured there would be British interest on both sides of the court as his Avis S. Stefano side won 55:49 against Deco Metalferro Amicacci Abruzzo.
In the Final, Sagar scored nine points but victory went the way of Griffith-Salter’s team as Stefano claimed the cup with a 57:62 win.
In Germany, Simon Brown was part of the RSV Lahn-Dill side that extended their winning start to the season to six games with Brown scoring one point for the league leaders in their 44:88 win at Doneck Dolphins Trier.
Jim Palmer was also part of a victorious team as he scored two points in Rhine River Rhinos Wiesbaden’s 58:51 victory against ING Skywheelers.
In BWB National League, Jack Perry and Maddie Thompson both top-scored in their respective games with Perry leading the scoring with 22 points as London Titans beat Thames Valley Kings 36:67 in the Premier Division.
Along with his game-high points total, Perry also collected the joint-highest number of rebounds (14). Jude Hamer was also in action for Titans, scoring four points.
20 points was a game-leading total for Maddie Thompson as the Tokyo 2020 Women’s co-captain continued her season for Sheffield Steelers in their 43:65 victory at Exeter Otters.
There was also a 20-point haul for Tom Smith as CWBA continued their perfect start to the season with a win against Glasgow Rollin’ Rocks. Jake Robinson and Sam Mack were also among the CWBA starters, scoring eight and four points, respectively.
Kayla Bell scored two points in CWBA’s 73:44 Premier Division win, before returning to the court in Division 1 South, scoring four points in CWBA 2’s 56:46 win against High Rollers.
Joy Haizelden continued her season in the USA with a 54:47 victory for the University of Alabama against ABC Medical, scoring two points.