This week’s edition of the Hardwood Report is highlighted by a match up between Mountaineers John Flowers and Da’Sean Butler’s team in France Sunday night. Also seeing action this were Truck Byant, Ales Chan, Alex Ruoff, Devin Ebanks and Marcus Goree.
Also seeing action this past week were a number of Mountaineer ladies playing professionally overseas. This week’s edition of The Hardwood Report will update fans on recent play from Asya Bussie, Olayinka Sanni, Natalie Burton and Korrine Campbell.
John Flowers and Da’Sean Butler- In a WVU reunion Sunday on JL Bourge’s home floor, Da’Sean Butler’s Chalons-Reims (7-10) defeated JL Bourge (2-15) and John Flowers, 81-62. Butler shot 4-9 from the floor for eight points, adding eight rebounds and two assists. Flowers shot 2-11 from the field and hit two free throws for a total of six points. Flowers added added five rebounds and two assists. Flowers and JL Bourge next play Saturday against Orleans, with Butler and Chalons-Reims taking the floor Saturday against Boulogne.
Truck Bryant and Ales Chan- Mountaineers Truck Byant and Alex Chan lost 95-82 as J.Hradec (13-13) defeated BK Kolin (8-18). Bryant led BK Kolin in scoring, scoring with 24 points, while shooting 10-20 from the field, hitting two three-pointers and going 2-2 from the free throw line. Bryant also tallied six assists, three rebounds and a steal in 32 minutes. Chan played ten scoreless minutes, with one rebound and one assist. BK Kolin is tenth in their division and next plays BK Pardubice this Saturday.
Alex Ruoff- In a 94-75 loss Sunday to Brose (1-1 in the Eurocup standings), Alex Ruoff shot 6-11 from the field including going 4-7 from behind the arc. Ruoff, in 29 minutes played, added seven assists and three rebounds for Goettingen (8-10 overall). Goettingen has fallen out of the eight playoff spot, now ranking tenth in the standings. Ruoff will next take to the court Sunday in a match up against EWE.
Devin Ebanks- The league-leading Veracruz Redhawks (25-4) were victorious 101-82 this past Saturday against the 11 placed Toluca Gigantes (11-19). Mountaineer forward Devin Ebanks was 4-7 from the field while going 2-2 from the line in 19 minutes, for a total of 10 points. Ebanks contributed seven rebounds and a steal for the Redhawks who will next play Sao Paolo (Brazil) on January 30.
Marcus Goree- This past Friday in Uruguay, Mountaineer forward Marcus Goree played 25 minutes, scoring eight points with seven rebounds and assists in an 81-61 against Goes (10-13). Goree is the starting center for Atletico Aguanda (12-9) who currently rank sixth in the LUB standings. Aguanda will next play today against Hebraica.
Asya Bussie- This Saturday in Poland, Asya Bussie and AZS UMCS (5-9) pulled out a 74-73 overtime victory
against Gdynia (2-13). Bussie, a second-round draft pick of the Minnesota Lynx in 2014, now plays in Poland, where she had eight points and four rebounds in 17 minutes. Bussie shot 3-10 from the field and made two free throws in as many attempts. AZS UMCS, which ranks eight in the standings, will next play Wednesday against Konin.
Olayinka Sanni- Sanni, the starting power forward for Flammes Corolo (6-9) in France, was 6-9 from the field and 3-4 from the line, totaling 14 points in 28 minutes in a 68-61 win over Lyon (4-11). Sanni added five rebounds and an assist in the victory. The tenth-ranked Flammes Corolo will next play Thursday against first-place Castors Braine (Belgium).
Natalie Burton- Natalie Burton and the Bulleen Melbourne Boomers (9-8) lost a 88-73 match up against Sydney (9-8) this past Saturday. Burton posted a double-double in the game, with ten points and 11 rebounds in 33 minutes. The starting center shot 5-9 from the field and added one assist. The Boomers next take to the court Saturday against Canberra.
Korrine Campbell- In Finland Friday, Korrine Campbell and Vimpelin Veto (6-11) lost to the league-leading Catz Lappeenrata (16-1) 80-57. Campbell shot 4-15 from the floor for eight points, adding 11 rebounds in 31 minutes. Campbell will next play PeKa on Saturday.
Look for next week’s Hardwood Report next Monday with many Mountaineers in action this week.