Today is the second game of Purdue basketball's Spain trip and it will come against Albacete Basketball as the boilers are in transit between Madrid and Valencia. Today's game will tip off at 11:30am ET, so I will put the link to the video (if available) once Chris Forman supplies it.
Definitely no stream, but we should be able to upload after the game. West Lafayette will still get it hopefully this afternoon.#Purdue— Chris Forman (@ChrisForman12) August 11, 2016
Albacete Basketball played in the third tier of Spanish basketball, the LEB Plata (silver) league. the team itself was founded in 2012 when the two clubs int he city of Albacete merged. This is the team's first year in the LEB Plata as they were promoted from the Liga EBA last season as the winner of a promotion playoff. Much like in international soccer, professional basketball leagues in Europe have promotion and relegation. Think of this teams as the equivalent of a Double A baseball team. They were 21-5 last season and 3-0 in the playoffs.
Yesterday int he win over Euro Colegio Casvi turnovers were once again a problem for Purdue. The Boilers had 23 of them, but rallied to win 80-71 after trailing by double digits late in the third quarter. Caleb Swanigan had 22 points and 11 rebounds while Carsen Edwards had 13 points (but five turnovers). Isaac Haas finished with 11 points and 8 rebounds, but his passing was also impressive as he played against a double team almost every time he touched the ball. P.J. Thompson was solid with 5 points, 5 assists, and only one turnover. Spike Albrecht had 4 assists and only one turnover.
Perhaps most impressive was the defensive play of Dakota Mathias. He finished the game with six steals, while Ryan Cline had 4 steals.
Today's game should be against better competition. Euro Colegio Casvi is a level 4 team from the league that Albacete was just promoted from. they did have one guy, simply named Guillermo, who had an impressive 27 points and 12 rebounds. From what I can tell this team is more of a college team based on the profile of the school, while Albacete appears to be a full professional team.