Myerscough make successful trip to Latvia
The Basketball England EABL side was entered into this seasons edition of the European Youth Basketball League. The league, which features over 180 teams across 5 age groups, was initially founded as a league to allow clubs from the Baltic countries to compete against each other. It now boasts 25 countries participating and is recognised internationally. Boasting the junior teams of EuroLeague powerhouses such as BC Zalgiris.
Coach Neal Hopkins named his roster heading out to Stage II of the competition after going 3-2 in the opening round of fixtures, featuring Deng Camp #1, Mate Okros. The side featured two of Myerscough’s multitude of Scottish imports. Callan Low made the cut for his second EYBL set of appearances and was joined by Lewis McGlasson who would make his debut after sitting out the last stage due to injury. McGlasson’s former Stirling Knights teammate, Lucas Hamill featured in four games in Stage I, but was not selected for this trip.
4 – Corey Samuels
5 – Ade Adeniran
6 – Bradley Kaboza
7 – Mate Okros
8 – Lewis McGlasson
9 – Rayon Brown
10 – Tim Collier
11 – Callan Low
14 – Sanmi Fajana
15 – Jamie Gray
21 – Amari Williams
23 – Samuel Keita
This time around however, the boys faced a tough task as this round featured Zalgiris Kaunas, junior side of the EuroLeague winners and 20 x Lithuanian League Champions, BC Zalgiris Kaunas. They would also face Latvian sides BC Valmiera and BC Ventspils, Kazakhs – BC Barsy, Swedish outfit BG Lulea.
Mate Okros led the team in EYBL scoring before heading to Latvia, with 13.6 points per game along with 1.4 assists. Scottish star Callan Low was averaging 8.6 points per contest and led his side with two steals and assists per game, both leading the team.
Low posted his best game in their 60-53 loss against BA Tallinn Kalev. Twenty two points on 4/7 3pt shooting kept his side in the game, all the way to the final buzzer.
Stage II didn’t start the way Myerscough wanted as they were dominated by BC Ventspils, 66-44. Low led the team in scoring as Okros dipped, leading with 13 points.
Hopkins got his side back on track, finishing with 4 straight wins. Low again was a major offensive factor as he dropped 17 in their nail biting 53-50 win over BC Barsy.
One of the most well known teams in the competition was next as they took on Zalgiris and took the W, 62-56. Mate Okros said hello to the European floor as he dropped a massive 26 points, 5 assists and 4 rebounds.
It was then McGlasson’s turn to show off, as he led his side to a 71-53 win over BG Lulea. Tied for leading scorer on the team with 11 points, coach Hopkins would say it was also a better team performance.
The two Scots then combined for 23 points in their 74-50 win over Valmeira. The strong showing ended their Stage II outing 4-1 but improved their overall record to 7-3 in the EYBL.
Image credit: Myerscough.