A few years after playing their final games in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, Luis Flores and Steve Burtt have risen to the top of the Israeli Basketball League's scoring charts with two weeks left in the season.
Flores, who spent three seasons at Manhattan College after transferring from Rutgers, is atop the league with a 19.8 point scoring average. As a Jasper, he received All-MAAC honors every season and led Manhattan past David Lee's Florida Gators in the 2004 NCAA Tournament.
Flores' Hapoel Holon is 12-7 and in third place.
Burtt was a four year letter-winner in the Iona basketball program and led the Gaels to the 2006 NCAA Tournament where they lost to LSU—an eventual Final Four squad.
At Iona, Burtt received All-MAAC honors as a junior and senior. His career scoring average at Iona was 16.9 points per game—a mark that he has pushed up by two points per game in Israel.
Burtt is right behind Flores on the scoring list, averaging 18.9 points per game. The former Gael's Eldan Ashkelon is 7-12 and is tied for ninth place.
Flores got the better of Burtt in every way during the first match of the season. The former Jasper poured in 25 points, grabbed seven rebounds, and led his team to an 85-76 victory. Burtt scored four points on two-of-three shooting.
Eldan Ashkelon hosts Hapoel Holon in a rematch on April 12.