Oleson, Barcelona beat Chinese teams on Euroleague Tour

October 12, 2014

Brad Oleson BasketballBasketball has taken Brad Oleson of North Pole all over the world, but never China.

He got the chance with Spanish power Barcelona on its Euroleague Asia Tour.

The veteran shooting guard started both exhibition games, a 94-83 win over Zhejiang Lions and 123-57 win over the SBL All-Stars. He finished with a combined 17 points.

Oleson, of UAF fame, scored seven points in 14 minutes the first night. In the second game he collected 10 points and scored a bucket that put Barcelona over the century mark.

“Someone pointed out to me that geographically, playing in Hangzhou and Taipei is as close as I have come, playing professionally, to my home in North Pole, Alaska,” Oleson told Euroleague.net. “That is interesting; however, China and Alaska are still about eight time-zones apart.”

This is Oleson’s 10th professional season in Spain.

The 6-foot-3 shooter has averaged 12.7 points in 502 career games with Rosalia, Fuenlabrada, Caja Laboral and Barcelona.