In this week’s Hardwood Report, one of our WVUPros helps his team capture a championship over this past weekend, while another attempts to make a comeback in their finals series for a championship of their own this week.
We’ll begin with playoff action in France in this somewhat abbreviated edition of the Hardwood Report today.
Flowers scored 17 points and collected seven rebounds to help Bourg slip past the Union Poitiers, 75-63, in the French ProB Championship Finals on May 31. With the win, Bourg will have now earned a promotion from ProB to ProA next season.
Last Thursday, Flowers finished with 11 points and six rebounds, while going 1-for-2 from the free-throw line during JL Bourg’s 81-72 win over the Union Poitiers in the first game of the ProB Finals.
Flowers finished this championship season with an average of 12.4 points and 4.5 rebounds per game, while completing 61.8 (97-157) percent of his free throws over 51 games for Bourg.
In the fourth game of their semi-final series, Butler helped keep his team’s season alive after a game-high 28-point performance, as Okapi slipped past Mons-Hainaut, 109-104, in overtime last Wednesday. Butler, again, would led all scorers in the decisive game five with 17 points for Okapi’s 66-60 victory, the team’s first appearance in the finals since 2010.
Butler couldn’t keep his great play going from the two prior games, collecting just nine points and six rebounds in an 86-68 loss to Telenet Oostende in the opening game of the Ethias League championship finals on Sunday.
Butler and Okapi will need to take back-to-back games from Oostende on June 3 and again June 5, if another championship win is in the cards for a WVUPro this year.