Newley, Barlow battle headlines big weekend for Boomers abroad

Newley, Barlow battle headlines big weekend for Boomers abroad

Australian Boomers stars Brad Newley and David Barlow go head-to-head, heading a massive weekend of Aussies in action throughout Europe and collegiate America.

Newley’s high-flying Gran Canaria 2014 are sitting pretty in third-place on the Spanish ACB standings, coming off a Semi Final appearance in last weekend’s Copa del Rey, while Barlow’s UCAM Murica are in need of a win to edge closer to .500.

In was a classic battle last time the two Boomers met, with Gran Canaria getting the 99-97 overtime thanks to 17 points and 5 rebounds from Newley, while Barlow had 19 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists in his best performance of the season.

The duo meet in the early hours of Monday morning (AEDT), but are not the only
Aussies facing off abroad, with a trio of Aussies to do battle in NCAA college basketball.

Hugh Greenwood and Cameron Bairstow, and their Mountain West Conference-leading University of New Mexico take on countrymen Anthony Drmic and Igor Hadziomerovic, and their Boise State University team in a conference showdown on Sunday afternoon (AEDT).

Greenwood’s New Mexico appear destined for the NCAA tournament in March and are currently ranked 19th in the country and a favourite for the MWC crown.

Drmic is coming off an outstanding 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists in the Broncos 68-61 win over Wyoming University and will be confident of leading his team to an upset over their ranked opponents.

There more Aussies in action in Spain, with FC Barcelona Regal pairing Joe Ingles and Nathan Jawai hoping to use their Copa del Ray success and big Euroleague win to propel their team’s ACB campaign against strugglers Mad-Croc.

Coming off his MVP performance in the Fenerbache’s Turkish Cup Final win over bitter rivals Galatasaray, Boomers star David Andersen will be back on court again for again on Saturday morning (AEDT) for the Euroleague clash against fellow Turkish side Besiktas.

The Euroleague Top 16 clash will be televised LIVE on EUROSPORT for Australian Foxtel and Austar subscribers, with Andersen in action from 5:00am AEDT Saturday morning.

In other Euroleague action AJ OIgilvy’s German side Brose Baskets wentdown 88-87 to Zalgiris Kaunas, while Matt Nielsen and his BC Khimki face Olympiacos coming off a rare Russian PBL loss to Unics.

Fellow Russian-based Aussie Aleks Maric had 16 points to help Lokomotiv Kuban advance to the Eurocup Quarter Final stage, with one game to spare. Maric has enjoyed a productive season for the Russian team, averaging 12.3 points and 7.6 rebounds in the Eurocup competition.

His attention now turns to domestic matters, with a Monday morning (AEDT) match up with fellow Russian side Triumph.

In the Ukraine Daniel Kickert is firing on all cylinders, but his Dnipro are languishing near the bottom of the Ukraine Superleague standings despite back-to-back wins.

They face a tough double-header this weekend against Kryvbasbasket (Saturday morning AEDT) and BC Kyiv (Monday morning AEDT), with Kickert expected to carry the offence averaging 17.4 points per game – ranked 3rd in the league.

The busy European schedule is only matched by the brigade of Aussies in college, led by Saint Mary’s College star Matthew Dellavedova.

In what shapes as one of the most important games of the Gaels’ season, they face West Coast Conference leaders Gonzaga University – the team that handed them their only loss in conference play this season.

Dellavedova, along with his three compatriots Mitchell Young, Jorden Page and Matt Hodgson, will be LIVE on ESPN and TODAY from 3:00pm AEDT.

North Carolina State centre Jordan Vandenberg will be part of the 17th ranked North Carolina State team eager to climb their way up the Atlantic Coast Conference standings as they welcome Virginia Tech, with the game streaming LIVE on

Reigning Horizon League Player of the Week Ryan Broekhoff will be hoping to make it two wins in five days as his Valparasio University team welcome Detroit University on Sunday morning (AEDT).

After a heart-breaking 67-66 loss to Oregon State, Brock Motum and his Washington State University must rebound as they prepare to face 23rd ranked Oregon University on Sunday morning (AEDT).

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