Ghanaian basketball player, Ben Bentil, has made his long awaited competitive debut for new side Crvena Zvezda (Red Star Belgrade MTS).
Bentil joined Red Star this off season after aiding Olimpia Milano win the Serie A title and Italian Cup in the one season he spent in Italy’s top flight.
Red Star secured an 87-67 win over Skopje in Serbia’s ABA League opening round of games for the 2022-2023 season with power forward Bentil playing 13 minutes off the bench in the win.
The Sekondi native registered four points, a rebound and an assist while Nikola Ivanovic was named the game’s Most Valuable Player following his output of 12 points, five assists and two rebounds in 22:52 minutes.
Bentil scored his first points for Red Star with 1:44 minutes left to play in the first quarter by backing down his man to spin and sink a floater just outside the paint.(Click highlighted text to watch game highlights)
Red Star plays Anadolou Efes next in the Euroleague on Friday, October 7 at 17:30 GMT. The Turkish side Anadolou Efes are the reigning champions.
Bentil made history by becoming the first Ghana born play to play in the NBA during his brief run with Dallas Mavericks. He has spent a bulk of his professional career in Europe and won two Greek league titles during his time at Panathinaikos.