GB athletes continue to dominate the Spanish league table, and a weekend of exciting matches take place at home in the National League and Women’s Premier League.
In Spain, BSR Amiab Albacete (Kyle Marsh, Harry Brown, Ben Fox, Gaz Choudhry, Lee Manning) won their match against UCAM Murcia BSR 44:69 on Friday night. Gaz Choudhry was joint game leader on asissts with 6 assists, top performer for Amiab on rebounds with 12 rebounds, and had 14 points with a 2pt accuracy of 70%. Kyle Marsh had 14 points, 3 assists and 3 rebounds. Harry Brown had 6 points, 5 rebounds and 1 assist. Ben Fox had 2 points, 1 assist and 2 rebounds. Lee Manning had 9 points and 11 rebounds. Manning currently holds position as top performer in the league overall on average rebounds, with an average of 11.4 rebounds per game.
Bidaideak Bilbao BSR (James Macsorley) narrowly won their home game against visitors BSR Ace Gran Canaria 69:65 in a close battle between the two teams. Macsorley had 8 points, 2 assists and 2 rebounds, with a 2pt accuracy of 57%.
Ilunion (Gregg Warburton, Terry Bywater) had a victory on the road as they travelled to Fundación Vital Zuzenak, winning 59:86. Gregg Waburton was game leader on assists with 13 assists, and had 20 points and 1 rebound. Terry Bywater had 14 points, landing 2/3 attempted 3-point shots, and had 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Bywater continues to hold his position as overall league leader on average points per game, with an average of points 22.3 per game.
Mideba Extremadura (Charlotte Moore, Phil Pratt, Lewis Edwards) travelled to Fundación FDI Las Rozas and won 39:56. Lewis Edwards had 14 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists. Phil Pratt had 11 points, 6 rebounds and was game leader on assists with 10 assists.
Amivel Reyes Gutierrez (Abdi Jama, Tyler Baines, Peter Cusack) suffered a defeat at home by Fundación Aliados, who narrowly took the win 62:64 in the final moments of the game. Abdi Jama had 4 points, 3 assists and 2 rebounds. Tyler Baines had 4 points and 2 rebounds. Peter Cusack had 11 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists.
In Italy, Briantea84 Cantu (Sophie Carrigill, Ian Sagar) add another win to their perfect performance during the regular season, going 8/8 with a win against Padova Millennium Basket 56:71. Ian Sagar was game leader on points with 23 points, joint game leader on rebounds with 16 rebounds, and had 2 steals.
Special Bergamo Sport Montello (Martin Edwards) were defeated 71:51 on the road against ASD Wheelchair Firenze. Martin Edwards was joint top performer on rebounds for his team with 9 rebounds, and had 18 points and 4 assists.
Dinamo Lab Banco Di Sardegna (Billy Bridge) suffered a 53:80 defeat at home by S. Stefano AVIS. Billy Bridge had 4 points, 4 assists and 8 rebounds.
In France, CS Meaux 1 (Helen Freeman) won their match 88-45 against Meylan Grenoble Handibasket.
The Crimson Tide (University of Alabama) (Joy Haizelden) travelled to the UA Early College Classic, going 3/3 in the tournament. They won their first match 62:45 against Illinois, their second match 65:12 against Arizona, and their third match against Mavericks UT Arlington 61:42. Across the tournament, Joy Haizelden had a combined total of 15 points, 13 rebounds and 4 steals.
At home in the National League, the weekend saw an exciting series of Premier Division matches.
Tom Smith (CWBA) had 10 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 5 steals in their 82:56 victory against Thames Valley Kings. Jack Perry (London Titans) had 22 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists, helping London Titans win 64:39 against Exeter Otters. Maddie Thompson (Sheffield Steelers) had 11 points, 3 assists and 2 rebounds, where Sheffield Steelers were defeated 61:53 by The Owls.
In the Women’s Premier League, Cardiff Met Archers (Jade Atkin) won 42:49 against Worcester Wolves (Sarah Hope, Kayla Bell). Sarah Hope had 19 points, 14 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal. Kayla Bell had 9 rebounds and 1 assist. Jade Atkin (Archers) had 23 points, 18 rebounds and 6 assists.
Loughborough Lightning (Lucy Robinson, Robyn Love, Laurie Williams, Siobhan Fitzpatrick, Jude Hamer, Niamh Horan) won their away game against East London Phoenix 60:71. For Loughborough Lightning, Laurie Williams had 10 points, 13 assists, 3 rebounds and 2 steals. Robyn Love had 28 points, 11 rebounds, 9 assists, 1 block and 4 steals. Siobhan Fitzpatrick had 6 points, 4 rebounds, and 1 assist. Lucy Robinson had 25 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal and 1 block. Niamh Horan had 3 rebounds.
For East London Phoenix, Amy Conroy had 30 points, 11 rebounds, 8 assists and 1 steal.