- National Teams
There were wins for Glacier Boys, Hoospace, Vet Status and Ankd in Week 1 of the men’s Hoopsfix Pro-Am at Brixton Rec on Sunday.
Defending champs Glacier Boys made a statement of intent with a 76-48 rout of OT Boyz, as Hoopspace held off Surrey Scorchers 48-47. Meanwhile, in Pool B a stacked Vet Status roster only just got past a young London United, 62-51, and Ankd beat TVC 30-29 in a slugfest.
Glacier Boys, featuring no less than six pros on their nine-man Week 1 roster made light work of OT Boys. They spread the load as six players had more than seven points, led by 17 points and 7 rebounds from Boban Jacdonmi, 15 from Kayne Henry who is back after his rookie year in Germany, 11 from GB’s Amin Adamu, fresh off a season in Austria’s top flight, 9 from Mercyhurst’s (NCAA DII) Ciaran Sandy and eight points, five rebounds and five assists from point guard Devon van Oostrum fresh off a championship season in Slovakia.
Veron Eze led OT Boyz with 14, Kyron Martin had 10, while England 2018 Commonwealth Games international Daniel Edozie had six points and seven rebounds.
Vet Status did not make quite as much light work of London United as expected, finishing with an 11 point victory, having trailed early.
Matthew Bryan-Amaning after a comeback season in the BAL, had thirteen points, five rebounds and three assists, as Vet Status used a dominant second quarter to gain the cushion they needed. Kavell Bigby-Williams, making his Pro-Am debut had 12 points, eight rebounds, three blocks and one big poster, showing the athleticism that saw him have a strong season in Venezuela, as Ed Lucas added 10, coming off a season in Dubai.
Mergim Sokoli led United with 17 points, with JUCO product Cameron Nyarko having 10.
It wasn’t pretty as Ankd escaped TVC with a one point victory in a game that both teams struggled to score.
Ankd were led by nine points from Kyle Carey, and six from Ade Adebayo – one of the handful of NCAA Division 1 athletes taking advantage of the Pro-Am being NCAA Certified.
TVC found scoring to come by, as Daniel Delsol-Lowry had 10 points but six of their 10 players finished scoreless.
Finally, Hoopspace survived a last second possession from Surrey to escape by one. Last year’s Pro-Am MVP Peter Turay picked up where he left off, finishing with 15 points on six of nine shooting, with Tola Okiki adding 8 points.
BBL veteran Tayo Ogedengbe led the Scorchers with 17, while Brandon Tchouya, back after his freshman year at Laramie County Community College had 11 points.
Pool A – Glacier Boys 1-0 (+28); Hoopspace 1-0 (+1); Surrey Scorchers 0-1 (-1); OT Boyz 0-1 (-28)
Pool B – Vet Status 1-0 (+11); Ankd 1-0 (+1); Thames Valley Cavaliers 0-1 (-1); London United 0-1 (-11)
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