Experienced Serbian Ivan Kuburovic (203-F-81) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's leader SAV Vacallo and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 6. The 31-year old forward had a double-double of 25 points and twelve rebounds, while his team beat Neuchatel (#8, 2-4) 79-67. It allowed SAV Vacallo to consolidate first place in the Swiss LNA. SAV Vacallo have a solid 5-1 record. In the team's last game Kuburovic had a remarkable 60.0% from 2-point range and got four three-pointers out of 8 attempts. He turned to be SAV Vacallo's top player in his first season with the team. Kuburovic has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (4th best: 19.5ppg), rebounds (9th best: 8.0rpg) and averages solid 61.1% FGP.
The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was young American power forward Darrius Garrett (205-F/C-90) of second-ranked Fribourg. Garrett impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 10 points and 14 rebounds. Of course he lead Fribourg to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked BBC Nyon (#7, 2-4) 92-64. Fribourg's second position in the standings has not changed. His team lost just one game this season, while they won 5 matches. Garrett is a newcomer at Fribourg and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.
The third best performed player last round was Croatian Andrej Stimac (204-F/C-79) of Geneve Lions (#3). Stimac scored 22 points and passed seven assists. He was a key player of Geneve Lions, leading his team to a 88-78 win against Starwings (#10, 0-6). Geneve Lions needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 4 victories and 2 lost games. Stimac has a great season in Switzerland. After only 5 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 4.2apg (6th best).
Other top performing players last week: 4. Roberto Kovac (188-SG-90) of Fribourg - 29 points and 5 rebounds 5. Richie Gordon (203-F-89) of Lugano Tigers - 17 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists 6. Justin Dobbins (203-C/F-87) of Starwings - 21 points and 9 rebounds 7. Jamelle Barrett (180-PG-88) of SAM Massagno - 11 points, 7 rebounds and 12 assists 8. Justin Rutty (200-F-89) of BBC Nyon - 19 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists 9. Brandon Jenkins (190-G-85) of Starwings - 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists 10. Ray Reese (196-G-87) of Neuchatel - 30 points and 6 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)
Clint Capela's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Swiss players playing currently abroad: - 8 hours ago
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We bring you last week's top performances from Swiss players who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level. This week's number one is former international power forward Clint Capela (208-94). He could not help the Houston Rockets (34-13) in their last game. Despite Capela's very good performance the Houston Rockets (34-13) were badly defeated 125-108 on the road by the Golden State Warriors.
We bring you last week's top performances from Swiss players who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level.
#1. This week's number one is former international power forward Clint Capela (208-94, currently plays in NBA). He could not help the Houston Rockets (34-13) in their last game. Despite Capela's very good performance the Houston Rockets (34-13) were badly defeated 125-108 on the road by the Golden State Warriors.
He had a double-double by scoring 22 points and getting 12 rebounds in 21 minutes on the court.
Capela has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 11.5ppg, 7.9rpg, 1.5bpg, 2FGP: 63.2%(163-258) and FT: 46.4% in 31 games he played so far.
Capela played for the Swiss senior national team three years ago.
#2. Second place goes to an experienced former international guard Thabo Sefolosha (201-84, currently plays in NBA). He contributed to an Atlanta Hawks' victory against the Chicago Bulls (22-23) 102-93 in the NBA last Friday.
Sefolosha scored 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds.
The Atlanta Hawks have 26-18 record this season.
Sefolosha has relatively good stats this year: 7.4ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.6apg, 1.8spg, 2FGP: 50.8%, 3FGP: 30.1% and FT: 77.1%.
He played for the Swiss national team in 2014.
#3. The Swiss player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Jonathan Kazadi (193-91, currently plays in France). Kazadi was not able to help Entente Orleans 45 in their game against ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (10-7) in the French ProA.
He scored 6 points, grabbed 5 boards, passed 3 assists and added 4 steals.
Entente Orleans 45 was badly defeated 69-52 in Villeurbanne by the much higher-ranked ASVEL Lyon- Basket (#5).
Kazadi's overall stats this season are: 7.3ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.6apg, 2FGP: 53.3%, 3FGP: 31.0% and FT: 65.4%.
He is also a member of the Swiss senior national team.
#4. Guard Clayton Le Sann (193-95, currently plays college basketball in the States) led Holy Cross to a victory against the U.S.Military Academy (5-2) 85-76 in the NCAA in Wednesday night's game.
He recorded 13 points in only a mere 9 minutes.
The College of Holy Cross have 3-2 conference record this season.
This year Le Sann averages only 1.1ppg in 12 games.
He used to play for the Swiss U20 national team
back in 2015.
#5. Former University international swingman Christian Affolter (196-93, currently plays in Canada) was not able to secure a victory for the Cape Breton University (10-2) in their game against the Huskies (10-3) in the Canadian university league CIS.
Affolter scored 8 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.
The Cape Breton University was crushed 102-72 in Halifax, NS by the Huskies.
It's Affolter's fourth season with the team.
His overall stats this year are: 5.7ppg and 5.3rpg.
Affolter used to play for the Swiss university national team
two years ago.
#6. Forward Michel-Ofik Nzege (203-92, currently studies in the States) couldn't help the E.Carolina (1-5) in their game against the University of Cincinnati (5-0) in the NCAA.
He recorded only 4 points in 18 minutes.
The E.Carolina lost 46-55 in Cincinnati, OH to the University of Cincinnati.
This year Nzege's overall stats are: 1.8ppg and 1.8rpg in 12 games.
He is a former U20 international player as he played for the Swiss team five years ago.
#7. International power forward Nicolas Dos Santos (200-87, currently plays in FIBA Europe Cup) couldn't help the league outsider Benfica (0-5) in their game against Groningen (3-2) in the FIBA Europe Cup. Dos Santos cannot count Tuesday's game as one of the best ones.
He scored only 3 points and grabbed 4 rebounds.
The fourth-placed Benfica (0-5) was edged 81-78 on the opponent's court by the higher-ranked Groningen (#3) in the group P of FIBA Europe Cup.
So far Benfica lost all five games in the Second Stage.
Dos Santos' team will play only one more game in the FIBA Europe Cup Second Stage. And that game will be critical.
Dos Santos' total stats this season are: 3.2ppg and 1.4rpg.
He is also Swiss national team player.
The list of other players, who all have Swiss passport but never been selected to any of Swiss national teams:
#1.Marco Portannese (192-G-89, agency: SPORTlab Agency, currently plays in Italy) led Verona to a 2-point victory against the seventh-ranked F.Kontatto BO (9-8) 67-65 in the Italian Serie A2 (second division) on Sunday night.
Portannese scored 14 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished 5 assists in 30 minutes.
Tezenis Verona (8-9) is placed tenth in East group.
This year Portannese has relatively solid stats: 10.3ppg, 4.5rpg, 2.7apg and 1.3spg in 17 games he played so far.
He has a dual citizenship: Italian and Swiss.
Despite Portannese's Swiss passport, he previously played for the Italian U18 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Swiss team.
#2.Michael Kessens (206-F-91, agency: Court Side, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA could not help the FIU (0-5) in their last game. Despite Kessens' very good performance the FIU was edged 57-55 at home by the The Univ.of Texas - San Antonio.
He scored 17 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 28 minutes.
So far FIU lost all five games in the conference This year Kessens has relatively solid stats: 14.1ppg, 9.5rpg and 1.1apg in 19 games.
He is another player who holds two passports: Swiss and German.
Despite Kessens' Swiss nationality, he previously played for the German U20 national team and probably cannot be called to the Swiss team.
#3.Alex Vaenerberg (183-G-92, currently plays in Finland) contributed to a Helsinki Seagulls' victory against the fifth-ranked Kouvot (9-8) 87-73 in the Finnish Korisliiga on Friday night.
Vaenerberg scored 8 points.
Helsinki Seagulls (18-4) is placed first in the Korisliiga.
It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row.
It's Vaenerberg's first season with the team.
His overall stats this year are: 5.4ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.9apg.
Vaenerberg has both Swiss and Finnish nationalities.
#4.Shee Fai Loh (193-G/F-89, currently plays in ASEAN League) managed to help KL Malaysia Dragons in a victory against the closely-ranked Saigon Heat (1-5) 82-67 in the ASEAN League last Friday.
Loh recorded only 4 points and had 3 steals in 24 minutes.
KL Malaysia Dragons (2-5) is placed fourth in the ASEAN League.
This year Loh's total stats are: 3.2ppg and 1.4rpg in nine games.
Vevey Riviera Basket (LNB) added to their roster 30-year old power forward Arnaud Barapila (196-87) from BBC Nyon. The last season Barapila played at BBC Lausanne where in 16 LNB games he recorded 3.4ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.1spg. He helped them to win the LNB title (twice). Barapila has played previously for three other teams: Chene, Meyrin Basket and Bernex. By Eurobasket Data Center Check also Complete Transfers List in Switzerland [read more]
Vevey Riviera Basket (LNB) added to their roster 30-year old power forward Arnaud Barapila (196-87) from BBC Nyon. The last season Barapila played at BBC Lausanne where in 16 LNB games he recorded 3.4ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.1spg. He helped them to win the LNB title (twice). Barapila has played previously for three other teams: Chene, Meyrin Basket and Bernex.
Meyrin Basket Geneve (LNB) inked 22-year old Sri Lanka shooting guard Vidura Disanayake (181-95). It is actually his comeback to Geneve as he has played here before. Disanayake started the season at BC Winterthur (LNA). In four games he recorded 3.3ppg and 1.0apg this season. LNB will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. The last season Disanayake played at Meyrin Basket where in 12 LNB games he averaged 8.6ppg, 1.1rpg, 2.0apg and 1.7spg. Disanayake helped his te... [read more]
Meyrin Basket Geneve (LNB) inked 22-year old Sri Lanka shooting guard Vidura Disanayake (181-95). It is actually his comeback to Geneve as he has played here before. Disanayake started the season at BC Winterthur (LNA). In four games he recorded 3.3ppg and 1.0apg this season. LNB will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. The last season Disanayake played at Meyrin Basket where in 12 LNB games he averaged 8.6ppg, 1.1rpg, 2.0apg and 1.7spg. Disanayake helped his team to make it to the LNB Final in 2016.
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