GB athletes competing in the Spanish league see a busy week of double fixtures, and the WPL is well underway at home.
In Spain, it was a successful weekend for BSR Amiab Albacete (Kyle Marsh, Harry Brown, Ben Fox, Gaz Choudhry, Lee Manning) as they defeated visitors Fundación Vital Zuzenak on Saturday (91:48) and Iberconsa Amfiv (74:56) on Sunday. These two victories extend their winning streak to 11/0. Against Fundación Vital Zuzenak, Gaz Choudhry was game leader on points with 21 points, and had 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Lee Manning was game leader on rebounds with 14 rebounds and had 17 points. Harry Brown had 6 points and 4 rebounds. Against Iberconsa Amfiv, Kyle Marsh was game leader on points with 21 points and joint game leader on assists with 10 assists. Ben Fox had 12 points and 7 rebounds.
Bidaideak Bilbao BSR (James MacSorley) won their home game against Fundación FDI Las Rozas 71:57. James MacSorley had 6 points and 2 rebounds. This was an important win for Bidaideak Bilbao toward their league table climb – they are currently in fifth place
CD Ilunion had two games last week and won both with a strong lead at the final whistle, with their first against BSR Ace Gran Canaria on Thursday (76:60) and their second on Saturday against Iberconsa Amfiv (85:67). Against Gran Canaria, Terry Bywater was game leader on points with 25 points, and Gregg Warburton was joint game leader on assists with 9 assists. Against Iberconsa Amfiv, Bywater was game leader on points with 36 points and Gregg Warburton was leader on assists for Ilunion with 9 assists.
Amivel Reyes Gutierrez (Abdi Jama, Tyler Baines, Peter Cusack) won their match against Fundación Vital Zuzenak 63:32. Tyler Baines had 6 points, 4 rebounds and 1 assist. Adbi Jama had 4 points, 4 assists and 4 rebounds. Peter Cusack had 4 points, 3 assists and 7 rebounds.
Mideba Extremadura (Charlotte Moore, Phil Pratt, Lewis Edwards), won 73:55 at home against Servigest Burgos (Callum Doherty, Lee Fryer). Mideba built a strong foundation in the first quarter, heading into the second quarter with an 8-point lead, and kept the momentum going throughout the match to secure the victory. Mideba had an average of 83% on 3-pointers (5/6). Charlotte Moore (Mideba) had 4 points. Lewis Edwards (Mideba) had 18 points with a 2pt average of 62%, 1 assist and 3 rebounds. Phil Pratt (Mideba) had 18 points, 7 rebounds, and was leader on assists for his side with 10 assists with a 3pt average of 80% (4/5).
In Germany, the good times keep coming for RSV Lahn-Dill as they won their match 90:43 against visitors BG Baskets Hamburg. Simon Brown had 1 point. Lahn-Dill are seemingly unstoppable this season, as this victory pushes their current season record to 12 played, 12 won. A tough away game approaches this weekend as Lahn-Dill are set to face second place RSB Thuringia Bulls, who have a season record of 12/1.
In Italy, Briantea 84 Cantù (Ian Sagar, Sophie Carrigil) won their home game against PDM Treviso 91:46. Ian Sagar got 10 points and 3 rebounds. Sophie Carrigil had 1 rebound and 1 steal. Briantea 84 Cantù had a team FG average of 60% (39/64) and had 9 steals. This win means Briantea 84 Cantù are now 4/4 in the season and building strong momentum.
Dinamo Lab Banco Di Sardegna (Billy Bridge) suffered a 42:59 defeat at home by visiting side Deco Metalferro Amicacci Abruzzo. Billy Bridge had 4 points, 1 rebound and was joint game leader on assists with 6 assists.
The University of Alabama Crimson Tide (Joy Haizelden) travelled to the Jalapeño’s Invitational on Saturday and won all three of their matches. Their first game was against Charlotte Rollin’ Hornets (75-21), their second against Lakeshore (50:14), and their third match was against Charlotte Rollin’ Hornets again (58-18). Joy Haizelden, in total across the three games, had 20 points, 6 rebounds and 2 steals.
At home in the Women’s Premier League, Worcester Wolves (Sarah Hope, Kayla Bell) were defeated 60:36 away to Cardiff Met Archers. Sarah Hope had 3 points and 5 rebounds. Kayla Bell had 4 points and 3 rebounds.
Loughborough Lightning (Lucy Robinson, Robyn Love, Laurie Williams, Jude Hamer, Siobhan Fitzpatrick) travelled to East London Phoenix and claimed their second win of the inaugural season, beating the home team 50:61. Robyn Love (Lightning) had 22 points and was game leader on rebounds with 12 rebounds. Lucy Robinson (Lightning) had 21 points and 6 rebounds. Laurie Williams (Lightning) tied for game leader on assists with Amy Conroy (Phoenix) with 4 assists each. Amy Conroy (Phoenix) was game leader on points with 31 points and notably claimed the first 3pt of the WPL.