Celebrations for Alabama Crimson Tide as they win the National Championships, and the regular season in the German league sees dramatic final matches.
Alabama Crimson Tide (Joy Haizelden) took the collegiate National Championships in style with a buzzer beating victory against Illinois 50:48, marking the end of an incredibly successful season for the University of Alabama side. GB star Joy Haizelden had 8 points, 2 steals and 3 rebounds during their final match against Illinois on Saturday in Arlington, Texas. Alabama Crimson Tide finish the season on an impressive streak of 13 wins.
In Germany, RSV Lahn-Dill (Simon Brown) won 60:70 away against Rhine River Rhinos (Jim Palmer). As teams played their final regular matches of the German league across the weekend, RSV Lahn-Dill (Simon Brown) won their match against ING Skywheelers 72:38. Rhine River Rhinos (Jim Palmer) won their match, defeating RBC Köln 99ers 45:70 on the road. Rhine River Rhinos currently sit in third place in the table with one more game to go, and RSV Lahn-Dill look ahead with confidence to the semi-finals following a near-perfect season record of 15/1.
In Spain, eight GB stars on were court in Albacete as BSR Amiab Albacete (Kyle Marsh, Harry Brown, Ben Fox, Gaz Choudhry, Lee Manning) won their match at home 84:69 against Mideba Extremadura (Charlotte Moore, Phil Pratt, Lewis Edwards).
Kyle Marsh (Amiab) was Albacete’s top performer on points and assists with 19 points and 11 assists, making 3/5 3pts attempts and 6/6 free throws, and had 11 assists and 4 rebounds. Harry Brown (Amiab) had 9 points, 2 assists and 3 rebounds. Ben Fox (Amiab) had 8 points, 1 rebound and 1 assist. Gaz Choudhry (Amiab) had 18 points, 7 assists, and 4 rebounds. Lee Manning (Amiab) was game leader on rebounds with 16 rebounds, and had 12 points and 3 assists.
Phil Pratt (Mideba) was game leader on assists and rebounds with 13 assists and 7 rebounds, and had 18 points. Charlotte Moore (Mideba) had 1 rebound. Lewis Edwards (Mideba) had 8 points, 1 assist, and 5 rebounds.
Elsewhere, Bidaideak Bilbao BSR (James MacSorley) defeated visitors CD Ilunion (Gregg Warburton, Terry Bywater) in a high-scoring match ending 85:75. James MacSorley (Bilbao) had 6 points, going 4/4 on free throws, and had 2 rebounds. Gregg Warburton (Ilunion) was top performer on points for Ilunion with 23 points, and had 3 assists and 4 rebounds. Terry Bywater (Ilunion) had 2 points and 2 assists.
Amivel Reyes Gutierrez (Abdi Jama, Tyler Baines, Peter Cusack) had a 68:57 victory at home against Servigest Burgos (Lee Fryer). Abdi Jama (Amivel) had 14 points and 3 assists. Peter Cusack (Amivel) had 5 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists.
In France, CS Meaux 1 (Helen Freeman) were defeated 78:58 away to Red Dragon Metz.
At home in the National League Premier Division, Jack Perry (London Titans) had 20 points, 11 rebounds and 8 assists in their home game against CWBA where the away team won 61:76. Tom Smith (CWBA) had 17 points, 15 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal and 1 block.
Maddie Thompson (Steelers) contributed to Sheffield Steelers victory over Thames Valley Kings – Thompson had 14 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists.
In the BWB Women’s Premier League, Amy Conroy (Phoenix) had 30 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists in a tough away game loss 63:43 against hosts Cardiff Met Archers. Jade Atkin (Archers) had 16 points, 16 rebounds and 5 assists. Conroy currently holds the highest average points per game with an average of 25.5 points per game.