If there were scouts who had questions about the stats Brad Reese put up for Hiefenech Heffingen two seasons ago, the Laurel Hill product made sure they were answered in his latest go around in the Luxembourg Basketball League.
Two seasons ago, the 6-foot-7, 200-pound forward finished fifth in the league in scoring with 26.2 points per game, averaged 10.8 rebounds and was third in the league with 1.5 blocks a night.
That earned him a contract with Sparta Bertrange — one the country’s premier clubs — and this past season he was fourth in the league with 26.5 points per game while averaging 7.1 rebounds and 1.8 assists. Sparta — with a roster that had two 18-year-olds and four 19-year-olds — went 13-15 and placed sixth in the ten-team league.
“I think I had a solid year. Last year I had to do more, but this year I was on a better team. I just did my job,” Reese said. “I defended the other team’s best player, I shot a high percentage from the 3-point line and I just tried to be a team leader.
“Overall, I think I did my job.”
Reese sat out the first seven games with an injury but came back with a vengeance.
On March 18 in a 96-86 victory over Musel-Pikes, the eventual league runner-up, the forward shot six of seven (86 percent) from two-point range, four of six from 3-point range and 11 of 13 from the free throw line and finished with 35 points.
He also dropped 35 in a 122-69 victory over Hedgehogs Bascharage on December 17.
Both those performances pale in comparison to the game Reese had on February 26, when he went off for 45 points in a 102-89 victory over the league’s fourth-best team, T71 Dudelange.
Though the season ended prematurely, Reese sees a bright future with the club, which he will sign again for next season.
“We’re definitely going to keep the same team together for next year, get a top four spot and play for a championship," Reese said.
“That’s the ultimate goal.”