EuroView: Broekhoff flying the Aussie flag in Russia
Ryan Broekhoff flew the flag for the Aussies in Europe this week, not only taking part in the VTB United League All-Star game, but also the three-point shooting competition.
Playing in the inaugural VTB United All-Star game, Ryan Broekhoff played a supporting role for the World Stars in their 121-131 loss to the Russian Stars. Broekhoff came off the bench to add 7 points on 3-of-5 shooting with 2 rebounds and 1 assist in 14 minutes on court in an entertaining contest.
As one of the best three-point marksman in the competition, Broekhoff who is shooting 47.83% from beyond the arc this season, also took part in the three-point competition at the All-Star event. The Australian Boomer qualified for the final, going up against Sergey Karasev (Zenit St. Petersburg) and Janis Blums (VEF Riga) in the finals. Karasev would go onto win the event, making 23 shots , while Broekhoff would drain 21 to finish second while Blums made 19.
FMP Belgrade earned a solid 89-79 win over Union Olimpija in the Adriatic League. Jonah Bolden played a massive 39 minutes to register an important 14 points (4-of-10 FG) with 9 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal and 1 blocked shot. FMP opened up the game thanks to a 35-23 final-quarter burst that propelled them to victory. The win has seen FMP draw level with Union Olimpija in equal 7th place in the standings with a 9-13 record.
Žalgiris Kaunas easily dismantled Dzūkija in the Lithuanian League, cruising to a 96-68 victory. With his side in complete control, Brock Motum only stepped onto the court for 10 minutes, adding 5 points, as the bench saw plenty of action. Motum and Žalgiris remain in outright first place in the standings.
Second placed Lietkabelis Panevezys did not have the same luxury as Žalgiris, trailing all game in their contest against fifth placed Vytautas. Ben Madgen would contribute 10 points (4-of-12 FG) with 5 rebounds and 5 assists. He would help spark a fourth quarter run, but ultimately Lietkabelis would fall short 63-69.
In Denmark, Dan Trist’s ladder-leading Horsens IC took on Matt Adekponya’s third placed Naestved. While Trist would only play 3 minutes for 2 points, his side would come away with a 96-85 win. For Naestved, Adekponya also came off the bench to add 7 points in 8 minutes in an encouraging performance.
Venky Jois came off the bench to add 5 points and 9 rebounds in Tartu Rock’s commanding 74-45 win over Barsy Atyrau in the Baltic League 1/8 finals. After winning their series 2-0, Tartu progressed to the quarterfinals were they await the winner of Nevezis and Jekabpils.
Daryl Corletto piled on 16 points but it was not enough as Plymouth lost to Glasgow 75-86 in the British Basketball League. Rhys Carter added 6 points and 5 assists, as the Raiders missed an opportunity to battle their way into fourth position in the standings.
In the Spanish second division, Araberri lost a close one to Palma 76-81. Igor Hadziomerovic came off the bench to play just 2 minutes, with his side now placed in eleventh position in the standings.
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