BNXT League

Aris on course for Elite Gold

Aris Leeuwarden is a team to be reckoned with this season. Previously Donar was beaten once and after the 91-75 win against The Hague Royals, the Frisians have won seven of ten and are in second place in the somewhat distorted rankings.

By: Martin Hoekstra
Photo: Adrie Hoogesteger

In Leeuwarden, two incomplete teams appeared at the start on Friday-evening. Aris Leeuwarden had to do without top scorer Ar’Mond Davis, who was hit by corona. At The Hague Royals Bryce Smith was missing, recovering from an injury.

The high ranking of Aris Leeuwarden didn’t really show before half time. The Hague Royals had a good start and built a lead of 10 points halfway through the second quarter: 20-30. At halftime, the visitors’ lead had shrunk to two points: 35-37. At the end of the third quarter Aris Leeuwarden went on a 15-0 run to make it 67-53. The first six points of the fourth quarter were also for the home team, which led by 24 points halfway through the last period: 79-55. In the end the final score was 91-75. The team of coach Vincent van Sliedregt remains in the race for a spot in the Elite Gold, where the best five Dutch teams will compete against the best five Belgian teams.

Ryan Logan scored 24 points for Aris Leeuwarden, Quin Cooper contributed 15 points. Dimitri Jose Maconda was also in double figures with 13 points. Shaquille Doorson pulled down 12 rebounds. For The Hague Royals, Deividas Kumelis had a huge game with 24 points, 10 rebounds, 7 assists and 3 steals. Tom Ackermans was good for 13 points.

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