MVP diarist Ladi Brown looks back on a weekend of mixed fortunes – and looks ahead to a few weeks of no social life.

If you read my last blog, you’ll know that this weekend just gone was a big one for me. We [Brixton Topcats] had two important games – including my return to Leeds to face my former team.

Two very contrasting performances saw us losing to Leeds Carnegie on Saturday, but getting the W against London Capitals on Sunday. Credit to both opposing teams.

Leeds were well prepared and played with an intensity we were unable to match on the day. They were led by 24 points from Albert Margai, who is a good friend of mine, so I will not hear the end of it from him!

The next day, after a team talk (the content of which I’ll keep secret), we came out with the sense of urgency we lacked the night before and competed for the full 40 minutes. As a result, we got the victory. Capital were led by another friend of mine, Jerome Jack with 25pts.

We are a good team, but until we can keep the mental lapses and unforced mistakes down to a minimum we will never be a great team.

No rest for the wicked
My university squad, London Southbank, has to play an Oxford team on Wednesday which is stacked with Americans. We’re seriously trying to keep our streak of unbeaten BUSA games alive. Following the game, we have team practice and some weights.
What’s left of our bodies by the weekend then has to travel to Bradford for the National Cup Quarter Final game against Bradford Dragons. They are unbeaten in an impressive stretch of games, so we are hoping to keep our focus and compete for a full 40 minutes, 45 minutes if necessary (overtime) and book a place in the Semi Final.

Away Road Stretch
The travel section is fast approaching and that means long drives filled with pranks and loud arguments – ranging from who’s the best NBA player to who’s performed the best on X Factor. Over the next 5 weeks we are in Durham, Bristol, Leicester, Manchester and finally Reading. So kiss my social life goodbye!

Life on the road is too much for my team mates

Audley ‘Oh My Lordy’ Harrison
I was not happy with the performance he turned in on Saturday night. All those fans robbed of their money to watch him throw one jab [myself included – Greg]. I have a lot of respect for professional athletes, but to just get paid to stand around for 2 ½ rounds then get your nose moved to the other side of your face…

Shout Out – UK repping Stateside
The NCAA season has begun and a lot of UK players feature in teams ranging from top D1 schools to JUCOs and NAIA schools. Work hard and good luck! Good luck to the prep school and high school ballers from the UK too.


Ladi Brown is a 6′ 4″ guard / small forward, born of the legendary Hackney White Heat junior set-up. Now playing for the equally legendary Brixton Topcats, the 2009 EBL Patron’s Cup MVP says “energy” is the single word which best sums up his game – and his high-flying offensive abilities have earned him the nicknames “MaDunks” and “Buckets Brown”.

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