Lockhart impresses on British pro debut
ANDRE LOCKHART was only looking to fill a role.
Problem is he’s never been good at just fitting in.
Barbados’ starting point guard impressed in his professional debut, scoring 16 points to assist champion side Newcastle Eagles in Sunday’s 99-90 double overtime road victory against rival Glasgow Rocks in their British Basketball League season opener.
Playing as a reserve, Lockhart also added five rebounds, five assists and five steals in his first taste of pro ball after signing with the English-based club just two weeks ago.
“It was a crazy environment,” said the British-born 24 year-old of playing his pro debut on the road.
Lockhart even looked certain of providing the eventual game-winner, sinking a pair of free throws to give the Eagles an 88-84 cushion with a minute remaining in the first extra period.
But Brice Fantazia replied with a quick basket while Sterling Davis hit two free throws to send the game into a second overtime.
Once there though, Newcastle duly put away the contest by opening the period scoring nine points without reply.
“It was certainly fun to play in,” commented Lockhart of playing the double overtime thriller.
Coincidentally, Lockhart started his new career in the same vein as he finished the last, having played in two overtime games in last month’s Premier League finals.
Lockhart’s prolific backcourt mate Joe Chapman led all scorers with 33 points. (JM)