Barlow takes points in Boomers battle in Spain

Barlow takes points in Boomers battle in Spain

Australian Boomers star David Barlow came away with the spoils from an action-packed weekend of basketball for Aussies around Europe and on the US college scene.

Barlow and his UCAM Murica team claimed a brilliant road win over fellow Boomer Brad Newley’s Gran Canaria in Spanish ACB competition. Despite 16 points on 6-of-9 shooting from Newley, it was Barlow’s (6 points and 8 rebounds) mid-table team prevailing 78-68.

This wasn’t the only Aussie v Aussie action, with four future Boomers on the court
in the New Mexcio v Boise State NCAA college clash.

Cameron Bairstow (team-high 16 points and 7 rebounds) and Hugh Greenwood ensured New Mexico remained among the top 20 teams in the country, guiding the Lobos to a 60-50 win over fellow Aussies Anthony Drmic and Igor Hadziomerovic in the Mountain West Conference clash.

There was plenty of Aussie action around Europe, with David Andersen continuing his MVP calibre form from the Turkish Cup, helping (13 points and 7 rebounds)
Fenerbahce to a 78-72 win over rivals Besikats in Euroleague action before 17 points (6-of-8 shooting) in the Turkish league win over Mersin.

Daniel Kickert had another big weekend in the Ukraine, helping his struggling Dnipro to a 1-1 split of their weekend double-header. The rising Boomers star finished with 19 points and 7 rebounds in the narrow 75-71 loss to Kryvbasbasket before 20 points and 11 rebounds in the crusing 84-59 win over BC Kyiv.

The college basketball action didn’t stop in New Mexico, with Matthew Dellavedova and Aussie quartet of Jorden Page, Mitchell Young and Matt Hodgson rebounding from the loss to conference rivals Gonzaga to easily account for Loyola Marymount 61-50 to improve the Gaels record to 22-5.

Dellavedova had 19 first-half points against 5th-ranked Gonzaga on his way to 22 points, 6 assists and 4 rebounds in the 77-60 loss.

Ryan Broekhoff suffered and his Valparaiso suffered a rare home loss, going down 84-74 to Horizon League rivals Detroit 84-74. The Crusaders rebounded to remain top of the conference with an 85-76 win over Loyola, with the future Boomers star posting 14 points and 6 rebounds in the victory.

It was heartbreak for Brock Motum and his Washington State outfit as they came within a whisker of upsetting 23-seed Oregon, going down 79-77 at home.