Overseas Saints Update

Several weeks into the European basketball season, 4guysinblazers caught up with Ryan Rossiter, Kenny Hasbrouck, Alex Franklin, and Ronald Moore to get updates on their seasons.

Hasbrouck  is averaging 8.5 points and 3.5 rebounds per game for  EWE Basket in the German Bundesliga.

“Right now we’re 2-2, lost the last two games, but we really shouldn’t be!” Said Hasbrouck. “We’re a very talented team, but we just have to check ourselves and play to our potential! I started off slow on the offensive end, I’m still trying to find my spots, but I’ll be fine soon! On the other hand on defense I’ve been playing pretty well and I will continue to play hard and continue to get better!”

Alex Franklin has found personal success in his first season in France, playing for Vichy of the Pro B League, but his team has not been able to capitalize. Over the first three games of the season Franklin is averaging 17.7 points, including a 31 point game against Maurienne, and 5.7 rebounds per game, yet his team is presently in last place with an 0-3 record.

“So things in Vichy are a little rough right now,” Said Franklin. “We are currently 0-3, and are very disappointed in our effort and the way we are playing. Practice this week is going to be very tough, with alot of emphasis on our defense and decision making. I am confident that we will turn things around, as long as we stay together and focus on the little things we need to do better. It is still very early in the season, plenty of time and games to get better.”

Despite his strong individual performance, Alex is still looking for ways to improve his game and find more ways in which to aid his team.

“I am trying to do whatever I can to help the team win. There is always room for improvement and I am working hard everyday to get better. One thing I want to work on is stepping up and being more of a leader for this team. We have a game this Friday so it’s a great opportunity for us to get started on this championship run.”

In Poland, Ronald Moore has seen his PGE Turow team begin the season with an impressive 4-0 record, with the sole blemish being a loss in qualifying for Euroleague.

“Since last time we spoke, my Pre-season has ended and the regular season has kicked off,” Said Moore. “During pre-season we really came together as a team with some wins as well as losses. We played against great talent from other countries which consisted of a good amount of current and ex NBA guys. We did not make it to Euroleague, but will be playing in EuroCup which is filled with talent of NBA players, big name ex college players, and top European players.”

Eurocup is the second-tier, behind Euroleague, multinational basketball competition in Europe. Turow will kick off its season in Eurocup on November 15, in the meantime Ronald and his team still have to focus on their Polish league regular season.

“The regular season has kicked off and we are currently in first at 4-0 and look to continue the success. I’m averaging  7 points and 7 assists in the first 4 games and look to continue to help my team stay in first place. We have high goals as a team which consist of at the least making it to the championship game but the goal of course is to win it all. As for EuroCup goals we want to for sure make it out of the group rounds and from then on go as far as possible.”

Meanwhile in Denain, Ryan Rossiter’s squad has split their last two games after losing to Boris Diaw and Bordeaux in his professional debut. Despite his team’s 1-2 record, Ryan has seen positives from his team’s fight that gives him positive hope for the future.

“Everything is going well over here,” Said Ryan. “Unfortunately we dropped a tough one last Friday. After starting the game down 29-10, we were able to fight back and take a 2 point lead with 4 minutes left. Although the win would have been great I was pleased with the way we fought. Our team is young and has a lot of energy, we’re hoping to bounce back this Friday at home. Our fan support was great last time, so hopefully we have a similar turnout.”

Ryan is continuing to adjust to life in France, but he is keeping a close eye on the Saints and truly believes in this year’s squad.

“Things are going well off the court as well, really enjoying the experience I am getting over here. I excited that the Siena season is about to start. I know the guys have been working hard and I have high expectations for them this season.”

On the season Ryan is averaging 14.3 points and 8.3 rebounds a game.

We wish the guys continued success on their seasons overseas.

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