EuroView: Majok doubles up in Slovenia
|Brendan Press||Dec 18, 2014|
Few Aussies were prominent in the European domestic leagues over the past week. However first year professional Majok Majok was one to assert his dominance.
Majok was in great form for Helios Domzale in Slovenia, registering his fifth double-double in nine games with 14 points and 11 rebounds in his only game of the week. A strong force on the offensive glass, he pulled down 5 offensive rebounds to pair with an efficient 6/9 night from the field. Unfortunately it was not enough though, as Helios Domzale went down 85-76 to Hopsi Polzela. Helios Domzale now sit 6th with a 4-5 record in the Slovenian national league, whilst Majok is now the third leading rebounder with 7.7 per game.
In Turkey, Ryan Broekhoff played an important role for Besiktas Integral Forex Istanbul as they rolled over Usak with an 86-67 victory. After a dominant first quarter in which Besiktas outscored Usak 28-12, the game was never in doubt. Broekhoff showed off his long-range shooting, going 4/6 from behind the arc and scoring 12 points to go with 7 rebounds.
Meanwhile Chris Goulding's consistent form eluded him in Spain as his minutes were sparse with his team CAI Zaragoza were blown out on the road by FC Barcelona 90-67. Goulding tallied 5 points, 1 rebound and 1 assist in just 18 minutes and will be looking to bounce back in CAI Zaragoza's next game in the EuroCup against Brose Baskets Bamberg.
Also in the Spanish ACB, Brad Newley had a quieter outing for Herbalife Gran Canaria, chipping in 10 points and 2 steals in 20 minutes as his team ran out victors 79-64 over Iberostar Tenerife at home. Both teams leave with a 5-6 record and sit mid-table as Gran Canaria look to even the ledger on the road against Valencia Basket with fresh legs, as coach Aito Garcia Reneses reduced the starters minutes in their easy victory over Tenerife.
Daniel Dillon continued his solid form for CSM Oradea with 14 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists but his team let a 10 point lead at the half slip, as they fell 99-94 to third ranked Pitesti. In 28 minutes Dillon did most of his damage at the line, converting 8/9 free throws. CSM Oradea now sit in sixth with a 5-5 record as they head into the game against rival BC Timisoara.
Over in Poland Daniel Johnson came off the bench for Stelmet Zielona Gora as they defeated Polfarmex Kutno 69-61. The recent reduction of Johnson's minutes have also seen his production reduced as he had 2 points and 2 turnovers in just 6 minutes.
Aleks Maric played a season-high 23 minutes coming off the bench for second ranked Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv as they recorded a big win over third ranked Ironi Nes-Zioni with a 118-89 victory. However Maric failed to fully capitalize on his opportunity, scoring just 2 points although he still grabbed 6 rebounds in a big win.
In other news, Nathan Jawai has parted ways with Galatasaray with the split being put down to a lack of playing time and rumours of delayed payments. David Anderson missed Asvel Lyon Villeurbanne's latest game through injury and AJ Ogilvy has returned to Australia to recuperate from his latest injury setback.