GB captain Drew Sullivan faces a busy and important weekend in the BBL Championship.
GB captain Drew Sullivan leads Leicester in BBL Championship defence
The power forward faces two games this weekend, with Manchester Giants coming to the John Sandford Centre tonight, while defending champions Leicester Riders face the long journey to the South West against Plymouth Raiders on Sunday. Sullivan's form has been good, after two successive double-doubles against Newcastle Eagles. The second of those came just seven days ago on Friday March 14th but the Riders went down by a point (96-97) and need to win games consistently to catch current leaders and title favourites Worcester Wolves.
Domestically, GB's Gareth Murray and Alex Marcotullio are back in Championship action on Saturday night when they face Sheffield Sharks, who are likely to include GB U20 squad member Nick Lewis. Murray and Marcotullio helped Glasgow Rocks to the BBL Trophy Final after helping to beat Cheshire Phoenix in the semi final, winning the second leg last Friday 98-77 (172-157 on aggregate). The Rocks now face Worcester Wolves on Sunday March 30th in the Final.
In Europe, Myles Hesson is in excellent all-round form as the German ProA league enters the closing stages of its regular season. The 6'6 Birmingham forward's Giessen 46ers team can still secure a top four place and face second-from-bottom Magdeburg on Saturday night. Hesson went close to a double-double in last Sunday's 82-75 win over Heidelberg (14 points, eight rebounds and three assists). The win leaves Giessen in 5th spot, with a 16-11 record, with two more games remaining after this weekend in the regular season.
Meanwhile, GB forward Ali Fraser's Gotha Rockets who are 9th in the ProA, meet 2nd-placed Crailsheim on Saturday as well.
Pops Mensah-Bonsu faces two games in two days with his Galatasaray team. They face Bayern Munich tonight in Euroleague, with a victory for the Turkish side meaning they would equal the Germans on a 5-6 Group F record. Twenty-four hours later they face Royal Hali in the Turkish League, lying 4th in the standings.
Luke Nelson's freshman season with University of California - Irvine has come to an end, after defeat in the opening round of the National Invitational Tournament on Wednesday night. UCI lost 68-54 to Southern Methodist University, who are coached by NBA Hall of Famer Larry Brown. Nelson top scored for his team with 13 points and added five rebounds and four assists.
Despite the England U18 captain being named Big West Freshman Of The Year, he may still be frustrated after the Ant Eaters missed out on a place in the NCAA Tournament. UCI, who had won the regular season conference title, lost to California State Polytechnic University - Northridge 61-58 in the Big West tournament semi-finals on Friday March 14th. Nelson who scored six points, added a game-high five assists. However, he was unable to land a 3-point shot with less than 2.5 seconds remaining which would have seen the game go into overtime.