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August 2, 2008 2:53 PM

Great Britain, MBA lose in second game

Posted by Bob Condotta

UW sophomore Matthew Bryan-Amaning scored 14 points, but it wasn't enough as Great Britain dropped a 73-62 decision to Portugal in the U-20 European Championships.

Here's the box score, showing MBA going 6-17 from the floor and 2-6 from the free throw line, with five rebounds, four turnovers, three fouls, and two assists and blocked shots in 26 minutes.

Here are his totals for the first two games in the tournament, with an unfortunately glaring 5-12 from the free throw line among the numbers. (And I wouldn't read much into the position listing of guard --- even if he's doing it for GB, and I really can't tell looking at the stats, he won't suddenly be a guard for the Huskies).

Great Britain will play again on Sunday against Macedonia.

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Posted by MT Husky

3:29 PM, Aug 02, 2008

This web-site does list him as a forward.

Posted by Dawgpacka

4:37 PM, Aug 02, 2008

not looking like mba is doing very well, another romar bust? argh

Posted by mikey

8:32 PM, Aug 02, 2008

that is an interesting comment, could you please give your reason for saying so, keeping in mind his situation. What I see is someone who just scored the second most points on his team, tied for the most assists, and lead his team in blocked shots. And as we can not see the games, its hard for us to judge. So I am a bit miffed about your comment, but would like to hear your reasoning.

Posted by Romarville86

2:17 AM, Aug 03, 2008

He has an off shooting night playing against top competition for his age group and he is a bust. Figure it out buddy. MBA is the real deal.

Posted by Tone

6:45 AM, Aug 03, 2008

I have personally watched (not this occasion though) European U20 teams play before and I can guarantee you that overall, the quality of play and skill sets exhibited is either equal to or better than what you would find in the NCAA tourney. The fact that he scored, dished out assists, rebounded and play D (blocked shots) would seem to indicate a good overall performance. Yes, the FTs need to improve but if he had made all 4 that he missed, he would have been the game's leading scorer. Not sure how that all equates to a "bust".

Posted by Mix

9:14 AM, Aug 03, 2008

I believe Dawgpacka = coug

Posted by wayupwaydown

9:29 AM, Aug 03, 2008

Glad to see he has improved his FT shooting.

I wish that was a sarcastic comment.

Posted by Coach

11:55 AM, Aug 03, 2008

BA is the leading scorer for his team, but he also takes the most shots and unfortunately has nearly the second lowest FG%: 39.5; barely beating out a player who shoots a lot of 3ís. BA is below 50% from the line and is a TO machine. His team is 1-3 in the tourney. Against Pac 10 competition I do not see how he improves his poor shooting % or TO's. Where is the positive?

Posted by Coach

12:15 PM, Aug 03, 2008

I also disagree with the assessment of the competition level expressed by an earlier poster. U20 Division A is very high level. Unfortunately, Great Britain plays in Division B which is probably akin to low D-1 at best.

Posted by Mix

6:49 PM, Aug 03, 2008

Layoff the kid, he's getting great experience and it's only the first couple games... sheesh....

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