- National Teams
Our latest round-up of Brits Abroad sees three members of the GB Senior National Team pick up their first wins at their new clubs.
Ashley Hamilton helped the Cherkasy Monkeys (1-1) to a hard-fought 63-59 win to open their Superleague account in Ukraine with 15 points and 13 rebounds from the bench which included a perfect 6-from-6 from the foul line. Devon van Oostrum and Cibona (1-3) ended their losing start to the season after edging past Zadar 77-76 on Monday with DVO picking up two rebounds and an assist in six minutes of court time.
Nigel van Oostrum turned his first pro victory into a double-winning weekend as Den Helder (2-2) enjoyed a successful back-to-back. NVO started and played 29 minutes in the Dutch side’s first win, contributing a point, 2 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals before adding 4 points and 3 rebounds in the following 75-62 success against Weert.
Dan Clark enjoyed his first win of the season, scoring 8 points and 8 rebounds as Fuenlabrada (1-2) defeat Sevilla 71-68 on the road. Elsewhere in Spain, Ben Mockford produced another star performance with 15 points in a 100-57 victory for Caceres (2-1) in LEB Silver. Aaron Geramipoor was unable to carry Canarias to their first win despite a mammoth 29 points and 14 rebounds while Tom Ward added three points in the 72-56 defeat.
It proved to be a frustrating weekend for the trio of Brits in LEB Gold action. Mo Soluade scored his 6 points from beyond the arc whilst adding 3 rebounds and two assists as Clinicas Rincon (0-3) fell to their third straight defeat while Ben Allison (2pts) and Joe Hart (0pts) saw limited court time as Ourense (1-2) and Penas Huesca (0-3) also suffered losses.
Myles Hesson came off the bench to add six points and three boards during a 71-62 win for Bremerhaven (3-1) while Matthew Bryan-Amaning had 12 and 6 from the start, but Ludwigsburg (2-3) were beaten 99-85 in the German BBL. Orlan Jackman experienced his first defeat of the new campaign with Iserlohn (3-1) despite putting up a double-double of 15 points and 11 rebounds.
Also in Pro-B action, Robert Gilchrist had an impact from the bench with 14 points and 7 rebounds in 18 minutes to help Karlsruhe (2-2) to a convincing 75-54 win. Clayfell Harris grabbed five rebounds in an 85-63 loss for Itzehoe (2-3).
Ovie Soko impressed again to help Boulazac (2-1) make it two straight wins after a 19-point haul including 2-2 from 3-point range and a perfect 5-5 from the foul line. In the NM1 division, Tafari Toney‘s 17 points and 7 rebounds weren’t enough to help Sorgues (2-3) return to winning ways while Rob Marsden had 6 points in a cameo role off the bench as Cognac (1-3) slipped to another loss.
GB’s Gareth Murray is set to become the 4th Brit in the French 3rd division after leaving BBL’s Cheshire Phoenix to join Vendee Challans. Shane Walker was not in action with Lourdes (3-0) able to enjoy their perfect start for another week at least.
Ogo Adegboye made his debut for Aris in Greece but the game was abandoned before reaching half-time due to crowd disturbances. Meanwhile, Ryan Richards has left Austrian side Zepter Vienna despite averaging 20.2 points per game with the team’s Head Coach citing ‘sporting differences’ for the mutual split.
In Denmark, British duo Liam Potter and Jack Stannard both suffered defeats in Ligaen action on Monday. Stannard had 7 points and 7 assists as Aalborg (0-4) failed to register their first win while Potter added 6 points and 6 rebounds off the bench as Naestved (2-1) lost their first game of the season. Fahro Alihodzic was another Brit to taste defeat over the weekend as Kaposvari (1-1) dropped to .500 with the rookie scoring six points.
Dzaflo Larkai was a strong Brit performer once again with two double-doubles (14 points, 11 rebounds & 15 points, 15 rebounds) as Yokohama (3-3) split their weekend double-header with Aomori Watts in Japan.
In the States, NBA pre-season action continued. Joel Freeland had 4 points and 3 rebounds in Portland’s 121-74 thrashing of Maccabi Haifa while Luol Deng had his best showing with 19 points against Golden State in Miami’s first pre-season win.
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