Aussie Basketball European Update

Aussie Basketball European Update

European basketball is hitting the business end of the season, with Euroleague Finals starting to heat up, while the individual domestic competitions are also starting to approach the season’s end.

Both AJ Ogilvy and Brad Newley, playing for Valencia in Spain, currently find themselves in fourth place on their regular seasons with a record of 15-11 with just eight games left to play. On March 24, Valencia defeated fellow Aussie David Barlow’s team UCAM Murcia 87-80.

Ogilvy, who averages 5 points and 2 rebounds per game, had 6 points and 2 rebounds in the win. Newley, averaging 3 points and 1 rebound, had 9 points. On the other side of the court Barlow, who averages 8 points and 5 rebounds per game, for the 8-18 UCAM Murcia, finished with 9 points.

They are set to take on CIA Zaragoza on April 1.

Also in Spain is Joe Ingles who plays for Regal FC Barcelona who are up 2 games to 1 against Unics in the quarter-finals of the Euroleague. Ingles averages 4 points, 2 rebounds, and 1 assist per game.

Over in Italy, David Andersen is also posting solid numbers for Montepaschi, who currently find themselves down 2 games to 1 against powerhouse team Olympiakos in the quarter-finals. Andersen averages 12 points and 6 rebounds per game with the club. Game 4 is set to take place on March 30.

Boomers big man Aron Baynes is having a great season individually for Ikaros Kallitheas (Greece), but the team themselves are not performing quite as well as their big man. They sit in 11 place with a record of 7-17 with just one game remaining in the regular season, while their man in the middle is posting numbers just one rebound shy of a double-double. He averages 14 points and 9 rebounds a game while shooting just over 50 per cent from the field.  Ikaros takes on Marousi to close out the regular season on April 11. Baynes had 10 points and 9 rebounds in their most recent game which was an 82-64 win over PAOK on March 24.

The Aussie women have a few players making an impact throughout Europe as well. Over in Turkey is Penny Taylor, who plays for Fenerbache. Her club completed the sweep over Lattes Montp. in the quarter-finals with a 82-70 win. Taylor had 27 points, 4 rebounds, and 7 assists in the win and averages 18 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, and just under 2 steals per game, to be clearly one of the top players in European basketball.

Hanna Zavecz plays for Uniqa Euroleasing Sopron (Hungary) who continue their march towards an undefeated season. The club is set to take on ZTE in the semi-finals starting April 4. Hanna averages 7 points and 5 rebounds per game in her first season in Europe.

Erin Phillips plays for TS Wisla Can-Pak Krakow (Poland) who are currently up 1 game to nothing in the quarter-finals after defeating LKS Siemens by a whopping 109-44. Erin had 12 points, 4 rebounds, and 6 assists in the game. She averages 11 points, 2 rebounds, and 3 assists on the season: solid numbers with the Jayco Opals’ London 2012 preparations fast approaching.

Playing for Ros Casares (Spain), Lauren Jackson is averaging a cruisey 9 points and 3 rebounds on the season. On February 24 her club faced off against CCC Polkowice in the first round of the finals. Ros Casares kept their perfect season alive, winning by a final score of 88-54 to take a commanding 2-0 lead in the series. Jackson had 9 points and 2 rebounds in the victory.