- National Teams
Matthew Bryan-Amaning and Aaron Geramipoor missed out on the Championship title in Mexico after suffering a 4-3 defeat in the LNBP Finals with Club Soles.
MBA scored 23 points in the series decider, but it wasn’t enough to prevent a 63-79 defeat as Soles fell short in their quest for back-to-back playoffs titles with the 27-year-old claiming the Finals MVP award in last year’s triumph.
The series was not without controversy as Soles originally took a 2-0 lead in the Finals, only for the league to rule their Game 2 victory as a defeat a couple of days later as an initial ruling of a made 3-pointer being after the buzzer was overturned to hand Pioneros a 73-75 win.
Soles took Game 3 on the road with a 60-79 success as MBA had 17 points and 12 rebounds, before back-to-back losses saw them trail 2-3 in the series to set up must-win encounters on their home court.
Bryan-Amaning led the way with 22 points on Thursday morning to help tie the series at 3-3 in an 89-81 victory to take the Finals into a decider.
Soles were the most dominant team during the regular season, topping the league table with a 36-4 record, but their season ultimately ends in disappointment with Finals defeat.
In a gruelling campaign, both Brits amassed 56 appearances in the Latin American country with MBA averaging 17.2 points on 56.8% shooting from the floor along with 6.5 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game, while Geramipoor had numbers of 9.1 points per game and 4.9 rebounds.