ATHENS, GREECE - OCTOBER 03: Ben Bentil, #50 of Panathinaikos Opap Athens react during the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague match between Panathinaikos Opap Athens and Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade at Olympic Sports Center Athens on October 03, 2019 in Athens, Greece. (Photo by Panagiotis Moschandreou/Euroleague Basketball via Getty Images)

The present and the past with focus on Ghanaian basketball players collide later tonight as Ghana Forward Ben Bentil prepares to play against Crvena Zvezda or Red Star Belgrade.

Bentil’s Panathinaikos play Red Star in Belgrade with the former heading to the game on the back of an 87-94 loss to Valencia Basket on January 31.

Ghana Center Amida Brimah played for Red Star in 2018 after leading Austin Spurs to the NBA Gatorade League title; he was in Red Star’s playoff run before moving back to the United States.

He played for Indiana Pacers in preseason but was assigned to Fort Wayne Mad Ants in the Gatorade League before suffering an ACL tear. He is recovering from the injury.

Bentil is featuring in the Euroleague for the first time in his career and has impressed in limited time on the court. He played 2:54 against Valencia and delivered three points and an offensive rebound.

Pananthinaikos rank sixth in the continental championship with 13 wins and nine losses while Red Star ranks 10th.

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – SEPTEMBER 27: Amida Brimah #37 of the Indiana Pacers poses for a portrait during media day on September 27, 2019 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Ron Hoskins/NBAE via Getty Images)
Bentil with teammates
Brimah with Red Star

By Yaw Adjei-Mintah

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