Geneve Lions celebrated the third straight win over Starwings and advanced into the semifinal stage. It looked good early as Starwings took an 6-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Geneve Lions had a 20-12 second period charge getting the lead and Starwings were not able to take back game control losing it eventually 66-74. It was an exceptional evening for American forward Sean Barnette (195-86, college: Wingate) who led the winners and scored 13 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. His fellow American import guard Tony Brown (193-79, college: Arkansas St.) accounted for 20 points for the winning side. Bahamas forward Jaraun Burrows (203-85, college: IPFW) came up with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds and American guard Brandon Jenkins (190-85, college: Louisville, agency: Interperformances) added 17 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for Starwings in the defeat. Top scorers: Starwings: J.Burrows 21+10reb+1ast, B.Jenkins 17+5reb+4ast, M.Petkovic 9+2reb+3ast, T.McCrory 8+7reb+1ast, J.Fuchs 5+2reb, R.Albrecht 4+3reb Geneve Lions: T.Brown 20+1reb+3ast, C.Dunn 13+4reb+4ast, S.Barnette 13+7reb+4ast, B.Toure 8+9reb+3ast, J.Aw 8+9reb+1ast, J.Jaunin 7+1reb+1ast
SAV Vacallo avoided elimination beating Fribourg in the third game of the series. The hosts were already 11 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 26-18 Fribourg's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 70-67 at the end of the game. SAV Vacallo dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Fribourg's 30 and made 20-of-26 charity shots (76.9 percent) during the game. The game was dominated by American players. It was a good game for power forward Matt Schneiderman (204-F/C-81, college: N.Iowa) who led his team to a victory with 25 points and 7 rebounds (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!). Guard Rickey Gibson (191-84, college: Stillman) contributed with 18 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Guard Kenny Thomas (191-87, college: Radford) answered with 17 points and 5 assists and forward Dave Esterkamp (200-78, college: Bowling Green) added 9 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Fribourg. Top scorers: Fribourg: K.Thomas 17+1reb+5ast, S.Petkovic 14+4reb+2ast, D.Esterkamp 9+11reb+2ast, B.Polyblank 8+4reb+1ast, R.Yates 6+5reb, T.Johnson 6+4reb SAV Vacallo: M.Schneiderman 25+7reb+2ast, R.Gibson 18+6reb+3ast, P.Badji 10+6reb, F.Ramseier 6+3reb+1ast, F.Vay 5+10reb+3ast, M.Sloan 3+3reb+1ast
Lugano Tigers thrashed SAM Massagno on the road to seal the next round appearance. The game without a history. Lugano Tigers led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to SAM Massagno's 38. Lugano Tigers looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by SAM Massagno's players. It was a great evening for the former international guard Dusan Mladjan (199-86, agency: Interperformances) who led his team to a victory scoring 20 points and 5 rebounds. American-British point guard Rod Brown (186-78, college: W.Michigan, agency: Two Points) helped adding 12 points and 11 assists. Five Lugano Tigers players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was Montenegrin power forward Danilo Mitrovic (208-84) with 19 points and 7 rebounds and American Travele Jones (203-88, college: Texas Southern) scored 12 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Top scorers: SAM Massagno: D.Mitrovic 19+7reb+3ast, D.Andjelkovic 15+4reb, T.Jones 12+7reb+4ast, P.Ishiodu 9+1reb, C.Kaba 5, F.Appavou 3+5reb Lugano Tigers: D.Mladjan 20+5reb+3ast, Z.Rakocevic 14+8reb+1ast, E.Draughan 13+3reb+3ast, R.Brown 12+3reb+11ast, M.Abukar 11+3reb+4ast, N.Dacevic 11+6reb+1ast
Boncourt gained the second narrow win over Monthey in a row and surged ahead in the series. The hosts trailed by 15 points after three quarters before their 25-9 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Boncourt made 17-of-20 free shots (85.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 Monthey turnovers. Strangely Monthey outrebounded Boncourt 33-18 including a 27-12 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was Serbian-Bosnian center Nemanja Calasan (203-85, college: Purdue) who scored 20 points and 6 rebounds. American point guard John Sharper (186-84, college: San Diego St.) chipped in 17 points (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). At the other side the best for losing team was American swingman Ian Boylan (197-83, college: CS Northridge) who recorded 17 points and 5 assists and the other American import point guard Terry Smith (185-86, college: Mercyhurst) added 13 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists respectively. Four Monthey players scored in double figures. Top scorers: Monthey: I.Boylan 17+2reb+5ast, S.Finn 14+7reb+1ast, T.Smith 13+7reb+4ast, M.Mihajlovic 12+6reb+3ast, G.Louissaint 4+1reb+4ast, J.Dubas 4+6reb Boncourt: N.Calasan 20+6reb+2ast, J.Sharper 17+2reb+2ast, L.Roberson 13+1reb+1ast, A.Herrmann 8+2reb+4ast, I.N'Diaye 6+3reb+5ast, M.Salomone 2
22-year old Swiss forward Brian Bennett (186-94). just graduated from Flagler (NCAA2). Bennett missed last season and had one year break from professional basketball. As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it will be his first season as a pro. Bennett was a member of Swiss U20 National Team in 2013 [read more]
Meyrin Basket Geneve (LNB) signed 22-year old Swiss forward Brian Bennett (186-94). just graduated from Flagler (NCAA2). Bennett missed last season and had one year break from professional basketball. As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it will be his first season as a pro. Bennett was a member of Swiss U20 National Team in 2013.
Villars Basket (LNB) landed 21-year old point guard Elio Sabo (181-95). It is actually his comeback to Villars as he has played here before. Sabo already started the season at BBC Lausanne in LNA. He helped his team get promotion to LNA. LNB will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. The last season Sabo played also at Lausanne where in 19 LNB games he averaged just 2.7ppg and 1.3rpg. He contributed to his team winning the LNB title (twice). Sabo represented Switz... [read more]
Villars Basket (LNB) landed 21-year old point guard Elio Sabo (181-95). It is actually his comeback to Villars as he has played here before. Sabo already started the season at BBC Lausanne in LNA. He helped his team get promotion to LNA. LNB will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. The last season Sabo played also at Lausanne where in 19 LNB games he averaged just 2.7ppg and 1.3rpg. He contributed to his team winning the LNB title (twice). Sabo represented Switzerland at the European Championships U20 Division B in Szekesfehervar (Hungary) last year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 1.5ppg. Sabo has played previously for Academie Fribourg.
Ballard number one in Switzerland for round 7 - 4 days ago
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American Swingman Antonio Ballard (193-G/F-88) put on an amazing game in the last round for top-ranked Geneve Lions, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 7. The 28-year old player had a double-double of 22 points and 10 rebounds, while his team beat Massagno (#9, 2-4) 81-74. It allowed Geneve Lions to consolidate first place in the Swiss LNA. Geneve Lions have a solid 5-1 record. In the team's last game Ballard had a remarkable 69.2% from 2-point range. He turned... [read more]
American Swingman Antonio Ballard (193-G/F-88) put on an amazing game in the last round for top-ranked Geneve Lions, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 7. The 28-year old player had a double-double of 22 points and 10 rebounds, while his team beat Massagno (#9, 2-4) 81-74. It allowed Geneve Lions to consolidate first place in the Swiss LNA. Geneve Lions have a solid 5-1 record. In the team's last game Ballard had a remarkable 69.2% from 2-point range. He turned to be Geneve Lions' top player in his first season with the team. Former Miami University, Ohio star has very solid stats this year. Ballard is league's best scorer averaging so far 24.8ppg. Ballard is in league's top in and averages impressive 59.7% FGP. Worth to mention Ballard played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.
The second best player in last round's games was 26-year old American Travis Taylor (203-F-90) of league's second-best Fribourg. Taylor had a very good evening with a double-double of 19 points and 12 rebounds. Of course he led Fribourg to another comfortable win 86-72 over the lower-ranked Neuchatel (#10, 2-4) being unquestionably team leader. This victory allowed Fribourg to move up to second position in the standings. His team's 5-2 record is not bad at all. Taylor is a newcomer at Fribourg, but is already one of team's top players.
Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Juwann James (198-F/C-87) of Neuchatel (#10). James scored 22 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Despite James' great performance Neuchatel lost 72-86 to the higher-ranked Fribourg (#2, 5-2). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Neuchatel not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 4 games, recording just two victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, James could try to bring Neuchatel's a little bit higher in the standings. James has a very solid season. In 2 games in Switzerland he scored 15.5ppg.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Brandon Swannegan (206-F-93) of Lausanne - 17 points and 11 rebounds 5. Jonas Bergstedt (210-C-91) of Massagno - 18 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists 6. Nemanja Calasan (204-C-85) of Boncourt - 16 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists 7. Brandon Garrett (206-F-90) of Geneve Lions - 15 points and 11 rebounds 8. Chris Jones (188-G-93) of Starwings - 15 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists 9. Joel Fuchs (190-PG-89) of Starwings - 14 points, 3 rebounds and 9 assists 10. Jordan Downing (196-G-92) of Winterthur - 30 points and 5 rebounds
The Player of the week is chosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc. The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy. The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)
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