EuroView: Bolden's best yet, Motum consistent
Jonah Bolden was one of a handful of Aussie men who starred in Europe this past weekend, with Brock Motum also remaining consistent as Zalgiris maintained their dominance in Lithuania.
In the Adriatic League, first-year professional Jonah Bolden impressed in FMP Belgrade’s narrow 85-89 loss to Olimpija Ljubljana. Bolden continued to start, delivering a career-best 16 points (5/11 FG) with 12 rebounds in 26 minutes. It was not enough however for FMP to be able to escape with a win, who remain in 8th place but losing contact with the top sides.
Following on from his career-night n the EuroLeague, Brock Motum continued his great form in Zalgiris Kaunas’ 63-55 victory over Vytautas in the Lithuanian LKL. Motum went 4/6 from the field to finish with 9 points and 2 rebounds in 26 minutes as his side maintained first place in the standings.
Still in Lithuania, Lietkabelis Panevezys fell short to Juventus 77-84. Lietkabelis had to make do with little help from Ben Madgen who just played a season low 11 minutes for just 3 points. His side travels to Macedonia for an important EuroCup contest, and it appears that Madgen was rested ahead of the big game.
BC Tartu Rock and Venky Jois experienced a mixed week. In the FIBA Europe Cup competition, Jois came up with a big 18 point (7/10 FG) and 11 rebound double-double in their narrow 3-point loss to Oberwart (76-79). While it was a great individual performance by Jois, Tartu missed the opportunity to generate their first win, now sporting a 0-3 record. Tartu did bounce back to account for KorvpalliKlubi Tallinn 75-64 in their next outing back in the Estonian national league. Jois would only play 13 minutes for 6 rebounds in that game as Tartu maintained their unbeaten start (5-0).
After a blistering start to the season, Clint Steindl’s hot shooting was cooled by Okapi Aalstar who overwhelmed Leuven 106-88 in Belgium. Steindl was blanketed, only getting off one three-point attempt to finish with 5 points and 3 rebounds in 24 minutes. With the loss, the Leuven Bears see themselves in 8th place with a 3-5 record.
While Steindl had an off shooting night, Ryan Broekhoff showed signs that his shooting stroke may have returned in Lokomotiv Kuban’s 83-67 win against Tsmoki-Minsk in the VTB United League. In coming off the bench, Broekhoff connected on 2/4 from long-range to finish with 6 points and 3 rebounds in 12 minutes. After making a couple of shots, he will be looking to build on that performance in Lokomotiv’s next EuroCup game.
In Croatia, Jonathon Mines continued his good shooting to contribute 11 points in 14 minutes as Vrijednosnice Osijek lost to Split 62-72 in Croatia. The 6’4 guard connected on 3/7 three-pointers with 2 rebounds as his side fell to 3-3 on the season, occupying 8th place.
Michael Vigor was able to add 9 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals in Bristol’s tough 62-81 loss to Newcastle in the British Basketball League. His side just have 1 win to show from 7 games and are in second last place.
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