Duop Reath and Angus Brandt delivered exceptional performances in Europe this past week.
In the Adriatic League, Reath was at his scoring best as he led FMP Belgrade to a commanding 98-79 victory against local rivals Mega Bemax. Shooting 9 of 13 from the field and 4 of 6 from the free throw line, Reath delivered a game-high 23 points with 5 rebounds in 25 minutes for FMP. Reath's purple patch in the third term ensured FMP maintained their ascendancy heading into the final term, where they would eventually cruise to a big win and a 2-0 record to open the season.
Brandt delivered his best performance of the season in Italy as Pistoia went down to Roma 67-81. The former Perth Wildcat compiled an impressive 18 points with 7 rebounds and 2 blocks, but a tough third term consigned his team to a fourth straight loss to open the season.
In Lithuania, both Jock Landale and Cameron Bairstow's teams remained unbeaten as they improved their records to 5-0 to sit atop of the standings.
Rytas Vilnius used 13-0 run to put distance between them and Sintek-Dzukija Alytus before steamrolling their way to a 92-54 victory. Bairstow provided 4 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists in 15 minutes off the bench, with his side shooting a remarkable 62% from inside the arc and 42% from three-point territory in the lopsided win.
Žalgiris Kaunas had a tougher time of it against Neptunas Klaipeda. A 29-13 third quarter set up the win, but not before a blistering finish by the home side closed the margin late to make things interesting. Landale played sparingly, seeing just 6 minutes of court time for 3 rebounds and 3 turnovers.
Landale and Bairstow may well get the chance to go head-to-head next weekend, as Rytas travel to Zalgiris for what promises to be the game of the season to date.
Nikola Mirotic's masterclass helped drag Barcelona to an thrilling 97-94 victory over Brock Motum's Valencia in the Spanish ACB. Mirotic poured in a game-high 33 points alongside 5 rebounds, 6 assists to be a clear standout. Motum on the other hand added 4 points in his foul plagued 18 minutes on court. Valencia are now 2-2 but remain entrenched in the top eight.
Keanu Pinder posted 2 points and 7 rebounds for Legia Warszawa in a narrow 69-72 loss to Astoria Bydgoszcz in the Polish league. In a tight game, Astoria scored the go-ahead winner with less than 10 seconds left to inflict a third straight loss on Legia to open the season.