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
Un.Olimpija tabs Marko Mladjan, ex Monthey - 5 days ago
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Union Olimpija Ljubljana (Liga Nova KBM) inked 23-year old Swiss international forward Marko Mladjan (205-93). He has a double citizenship as he also holds Serbian passport. Mladjan played most recently at BBC Monthey in Swiss LNA league. In 32 games he averaged impressive 16.4ppg, 6.7rpg, 1.5apg, 1.2spg and 1.2bpg last season. He helped them to win the cup. A very good season in his career as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Swiss LNA Domestic Player of the Year, selected to 1st Team an... [read more]
Union Olimpija Ljubljana (Liga Nova KBM) inked 23-year old Swiss international forward Marko Mladjan (205-93). He has a double citizenship as he also holds Serbian passport. Mladjan played most recently at BBC Monthey in Swiss LNA league. In 32 games he averaged impressive 16.4ppg, 6.7rpg, 1.5apg, 1.2spg and 1.2bpg last season. He helped them to win the cup. A very good season in his career as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Swiss LNA Domestic Player of the Year, selected to 1st Team and selected to All-Domestic Players Team. The most of previous (2014-15) season Mladjan spent at Fribourg Olympic (also in LNA) where in 34 games he had 13.7ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.0apg and 1.1spg. He contributed to his team making it to the cup final and to the league semifinals. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Swiss LNA Honorable Mention. Mladjan also spent pre-season at Academie Fribourg (also in LNA) that year. Indeed an impressive season as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Swiss LNA Honorable Mention. Among other achievements Mladjan won Swiss LNA championship title for two years in a row (2011 and 2012). He has been also a member of Swiss international program for some years. Mladjan has regularly played for Swiss senior team since 2013 and previously for U20 National Team between 2012 and 2013. He represented Switzerland at the Qualifications to European Championships 2015 two years ago. His stats at that event were 4 games: 13.3ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.0spg, FGP: 64.0%, 3PT: 31.6%, FT: 42.9%. Mladjan has played also professionally for other Swiss teams like Lugano Tigers, Massagno and DDV Lugano.
BC Winterthur (LNA) added to their roster 20-year old forward Amir Savon (201-89kg-96, college: Mississippi Valley State) from 5 STELLE SAM Basket Massagno. But in 6 LNA games he had just 1.0ppg last season. Savon just graduated from Mississippi Valley State and it will be his first season as a pro. He has played previously for two other teams: Bern and Rising Stars. BC Winterthur roster for 2016-2017: Guards: Stefan Petkovic Leonard Marchand Rashad Whack Vidura Disanayake Forwards: Ha... [read more]
Zalakeramia-ZTE KK (A Division) landed 25-year old American guard Julian Norfleet (188-75kg-91, college: Mt.St.Mary's), with a 15 days try-out period. He played most recently at BC Boncourt Red Team in Swiss LNA league. In 27 games he averaged impressive 16.9ppg, 3.4rpg, 4.3apg and 1.9spg last season. Norfleet helped them to make it to the Swiss Cup Semifinals. The previous (14-15) season he played at Rilski in NBL where in 31 games he had 10.4ppg, 1.7rpg, 2.5apg and 1.1spg. Norfleet cont... [read more]
Zalakeramia-ZTE KK (A Division) landed 25-year old American guard Julian Norfleet (188-75kg-91, college: Mt.St.Mary's), with a 15 days try-out period. He played most recently at BC Boncourt Red Team in Swiss LNA league. In 27 games he averaged impressive 16.9ppg, 3.4rpg, 4.3apg and 1.9spg last season. Norfleet helped them to make it to the Swiss Cup Semifinals. The previous (14-15) season he played at Rilski in NBL where in 31 games he had 10.4ppg, 1.7rpg, 2.5apg and 1.1spg. Norfleet contributed to his team making it to the semifinals. Norfleet also played 16 games in Balkan League where he recorded 12.3ppg, 2.7rpg and 3.3apg. Among other achievements his college team won NEC Tournament in 2014. Norfleet received also NABC Division I All-District 18 1st Team award in 2014. He graduated from Mt.Saint Mary's University, MD in 2014 and it will be his third season in pro basketball.
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