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Matthew Bryan-Amaning is two games away from achieving a second consecutive Championship win in Mexico after leading Club Soles to a 2-0 lead in the LNBP Finals.
The 27-year-old scored a game-high 19 points after going 9-of-13 from the field in 27 minutes as Soles netted a game-winning three with 2.1 seconds left to snatch a 73-72 victory against Pioneros.
Bryan-Amaning has played in 51 games in the LNBP this season with averages of 17 points per game and 6.6 rebounds having shot 56% from inside the arc.
At this point last year, the GB forward was battling sickness to guide his side into a 2-0 advantage in the Finals over the same opponents.
In the opening game of the Finals, Soles edged past Pioneros with a 55-53 triumph with Bryan-Amaning scoring eight points and fellow Brit Aaron Geramipoor contributing six points and nine rebounds.
Geramipoor is also no stranger to success overseas having won the LEB Gold playoffs title in Spain with Ourense last season. The 6’9″ centre has had a strong second year as a pro with averages of 9.6 points and 5.1 rebounds in over 50 games in the Latin American country.
Soles finished the regular season with a remarkable 36-4 record and are chasing consecutive playoff titles having beaten Pioneros 4-1 in the 2014-15 season finale.
Bryan-Amaning and Geramipoor are halfway towards claiming the title as they now head on the road with the next two games (plus Game 5 if the series goes that far) on Pioneros’ home court later this week.