Tall Blacks quartet star in Europe

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La Bruixa d’Or Manresa pulled off the upset of the season in the final round of the Spanish League regular season beating perennial powerhouse Real Madrid (27-6), on their own court, 90-80

Perhaps Real relaxed having already wrapped up the regular season title. Perhaps Real were still enjoying the after glow of winning the European title in midweek. Perhaps Real regarded 1st v 17th as a forgone conclusion.

There certainly wasn’t any sign of an upset early on as Manresa trailed by 10 points at the end of the first quarter. However, needing a win to stave off the threat of relegation the visitors stormed home in the second half to record a stunning 90-80 victory. Isaac Fotu played a major role for Manresa scoring 17 points (6/10FG), securing 3 rebounds and dishing 2 assists.

The Manresa victory meant that Tom Abercrombie and his team Gipuzkoa (10-23) had to travel to CAI Zaragoza (17-16) and secure a win to remain ahead of Manresa on the table. Despite 23 points from Tom Abercrombie Gipuzkoa lost 72-65 and slipped into the second relegation spot on the ladder.

Abercrombie has been used sparingly by Gipuzkoa in his short time at the club, but rewarded with a starting spot the Breakers swingman demonstrated his true capability in the last game of the season. He shot 8 from 12 including 3 from 4 triples to lead all Liga Endesa scorers in round 34.

Sevilla secured their place in the top flight for next season with a win at Gipuzkoa in the last round. They made it two wins in as many weeks with a 77-70 home win against FIATC Joventut. Kirk Penney finished his season with a handy 17 points and 6 rebounds.

Bottom 5 Liga Endesa Standings at the conclusion of the regular season.

14th Andorra 12-22

15th Sevilla12-22

16th La Bruixa d’Or Manresa 11-23

17th Gipuzkoa 10-24

18th Fuenlabrada 8-26

Following four straight wins Mega Leks have lost a couple of games in the Serbian Super League after being in a position to win both encounters against the top two teams in the competition.

On Thursday they went down 90-86 to Crvena Zvezda then at the weekend lost 96-95 in overtime to Partizan Belgrade.

Crvena (8-0) are the current champions and League leaders and an upset was on the cards when Mega led 80-72 with 5 minutes remaining. Corey Webster scored a game high 22 points but would have been disappointed his team couldn’t hold on for a win.

The same scenario presented itself against Partizan, Mega this time were ahead by 10 points with 3 minutes to play but again could not close out the game. The scores were locked at 85 apiece after regulation time, Partizan eventually winning 96-95.

Webster was less effective against Partizan scoring 4 points and dishing 3 assists as Mega slipped to 4-5, in fourth place on the ladder.

Tall Fern Samara Gallaher, 10pts/4rebs/4assists helped Hume City Broncos stay top of the Australian Big V competition. The Broncos beat McKinnon 65-53 to improve their record to 10-1.

Gallaher briefly returned to New Zealand the previous weekend to help Oceana Gold Rush Otago secure a top six spot in the WBC ahead of the play-offs.

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