Brock Motum has started off the European basketball season in fine form, winning the Spanish ACB three-point shooting contest at the Super Cup tournament (SuperCopa).
As one of the last players cut from the Australian Boomers FIBA World Cup team, the 2016 Rio Olympian has switched clubs from Turkish powerhouse Anadolu Efes Istanbul to Spanish giants Valencia during the off season.
In Valencia’s narrow 65-71 loss to FC Barcelona in the semi final, Motum provided 10 points on 4 of 4 shooting with 2 rebounds in 22 minutes. However the 6’10 stretch forward stole the show in the three-point shooting contest.
After advancing to the second round of the three-point shooting competition after making 17 triples to open the event and dispatch Yurena Diaz (14), Motum then shot the lights out against Jaycee Carroll in the semi final. The Queenslander compiled a score of 26, with Carroll missing his last shot ‘moneyball’ that would have tied it up.
Motum then amassed 21 points in the final, overhauling Marko Popovic’s 17 to hold aloft the three-point shooting trophy. It was a performance that introduced Motum to the Spanish ACB, and one that may well help endear him to Valencia’s fanatical supporter base.
Australian’s have had recent success in three-point shooting competitions, with Ryan Broekhoff winning the 2018 VTB United League version.
Motum and Valencia tip-off the 2019 ACB season on 26 September local time against MoraBanc Andorra.