Former Red Raiders G Brandone Francis Shines in Colombia
Former Texas Tech Brandone Francis had a huge game for Cafeteros in the Colombia League’s semifinals, but it wasn’t enough to avoid defeat in the league’s postseason tournament.
Cafeteros ended up losing the final game of its semifinal series with Titanes de Barranquilla, 88-73. Titanes ended up winning the series, 3-0.
But Francis had a huge game in the loss, scoring a team-high 30 points and grabbing seven rebounds, which included four 3-pointers.
That was more than enough to get Francis on social media.
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@Brand1fr termino con 30pts y 7reb en la derrota de #cafetero ante #titanes 73-88 en el 2do partidos de la Semi Final en colombia.#colombia #rd #baloncestomundial pic.twitter.com/eK6yp7j2s0
— Baloncesto Mundial (@baloncestomundi) May 30, 2021
In fact, heading into the quarterfinals, Francis was one of the players the league highlighted on social media.
#PlayOffsLBP2021-1 | ¡QUINTETO DE CUARTOS DE FINAL! 🔥🔥
🐅Tigrillos: Gelvis Solano
☕ Cafeteros: Brandone Francis
⚔️ Titanes: Jonathan Rodríguez y Juan Diego Tello
🏹 Motilones: Soren de Luque
6to hombre: Tonny Trocha
¡Felicitaciones! 🎉#LIGABALONCESTOxWIN🏀 pic.twitter.com/E1s0YGLHYG
— DPB Colombia (@DPB_Colombia) May 29, 2021
Cafeteros, the No. 3 seed in the postseason, defeated Cimarrones del Choco, 2-0, in the quarterfinals.
Born in the Dominican Republic, Francis was actually the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 Dominican Liga Nacional de Baloncesto draft. His team, Metros de Santiago, reached the league championship game that season, and he averaged 11.3 points per game. That helped Francis to a contract with the Iowa Wolves in the G League, where he averaged 2.8 points per game before COVID-19 shut down the league.
Francis arrived at Texas Tech after spending two seasons at Florida. He sat out a season with Texas Tech, and then played two seasons with the Red Raiders, including contributing to their run to the 2019 NCAA Tournament final.
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