- National Teams
In the second week of Brits Abroad, there were a number of impressive performances as well as three players earning their first professional victories.
Here’s our round-up:
Ovie Soko (pictured) led Boulazac (1-1) to their first win of the season in the French Pro-B with 17 points and 5 rebounds. In the division below (NM1), Rob Marsden shot 5-6 from the field on his way to 10 points to help Cognac (1-1) to their first win. Tafari Toney produced a double-double of 20 points and 13 rebounds in an overtime win for Sorgues (2-1) while Shane Walker made his debut for Lourdes (2-0) with 14 points from the bench in a win against La Rochelle.
Ben Mockford score a team-high 20 points to earn his first win as a pro helping Caceres (1-1) open their account in the LEB Silver. In the same division, Tom Ward dropped 23 points on 5-7 shooting from downtown while Aaron Geramipoor added 9 points and 8 rebounds but Canarias Basketball Academy (0-2) were unable to record their first win.
Mo Soluade scored 16 points and dished out 4 assists as Clinicas Rincon (0-2) suffered their second straight defeat as did Penas Huesca (0-2) with Joe Hart featuring in 13 minutes. Ben Allison contributed 2 points and 7 rebounds as Ourense (2-0) maintained their unbeaten start to LEB Gold.
Dan Clark had 5 points and 5 rebounds as Fuenlabrada (0-2) were beaten 71-66 by Murcia in the second round of Spain’s top-flight action. Fellow GB Senior members Myles Hesson and Matthew Bryan-Amaning played each other during the week with Bremerhaven (2-1) coming out on top, beating Ludwigsburg (2-2) 70-64 in the German BBL clash. Hesson had 5 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists in the win while MBA scored 11 from the bench before a further 10 point haul in a win against Crailsheim.
Orlan Jackman helped Iserlohn (3-0) continue their perfect start to life in the Pro-B Division after scoring 12 points in a 76-59 success. Rob Gilchrist had 4 points and 8 rebounds as Karlsruhe dropped to a 1-2 record while Clayfell Harris registered 3 boards in 12 minutes as Itzehoe also fell to a 1-2 mark.
Devon van Oostrum is still searching for a first win out on loan at KK Cibona (0-3) after suffering two further defeats this past week with 4 points and 3 rebounds in a four point loss on Monday. Nigel van Oostrum‘s Den Helder (0-2) await their first win in the Dutch first division after going down 85-70 in their opening home game in which NVO earned a rebound and an assist in 13 minutes of action.
Dzaflo Larkai continued his strong start with Japanese side Yokohama (2-2) with displays of 17 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists and 14 points and 8 rebounds over the weekend – splitting the two games. Another Brit out in Asia, Byron Mullens, has reportedly been cut from Chinese Basketball Association side Shanxi without having played a competitive game.
GB Senior forward Ashley Hamilton made his debut for Cherkasy (0-1) in the Ukraine Superleague, scoring 20 points on 12-12 shooting from the foul line as his new side fell to an opening day defeat. Dual-national centre Fahro Alihodzic made his professional bow with 8 points and 7 rebounds as Kaposvari (1-0) started their A-Division campaign in Hungary with a crushing 92-59 win.
Ryan Richards (20.2 ppg average) is another Brit to build on his impressive start to the season after scoring 21 points to help Zepter Vienna (4-1) to a fourth victory in the Austrian Bundesliga before a display of 20 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in their first defeat.
In the States, Luol Deng continued his preparations ahead of the upcoming NBA season. Deng went up against LeBron James for the first time since replacing him in Miami and scored 8 points in an overtime loss in Rio having scored 18 points in another overtime loss against Orlando a few days before.
Meanwhile, Joel Freeland started his pre-season with Portland featuring briefly in two defeats against Utah, scoring 7 points and 4 rebounds in the second game before adding 6 points and 4 rebounds in 18 minutes of the Trail Blazers’ win against the Clippers.