Bahamas forward Jaraun Burrows (203-F-85, agency: Warren Sports International) had an amazing evening in the last round for Starwings, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 11. The 27-year old player had a double-double of 33 points and 11 rebounds, while his team beat Neuchatel (#7, 4-8) 80-65. Starwings is placed at 8th position in Swiss LNA. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked such low. They already lost 9 games and recorded just three victories. In the team's last game Burrows had a remarkable 70.6% from 2-point range. It's his second year at Starwings and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Former Indiana Univ-Purdue Univ.-Ft.Wayne star has very solid stats this year. Burrows is in league's top in points (9th best: 16.4ppg), rebounds (3rd best: 9.4rpg) and averages impressive 2.0bpg and 51.9% FGP.
The second best player in last round's games was 25-year old American Juwann James (198-F/C-87, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) of Geneve Lions. James had a very good evening with 24 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Of course Geneve Lions cruised to a 89-80 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Boncourt (#6, 5-7). Despite this victory Geneve Lions slide down in the standings to 3rd position. His team's 9-3 record is not bad at all. James is a newcomer at Geneve Lions, but is already one of team's top players.
Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Justin Rutty (200-F-89) of BBC Nyon (#9). Rutty scored 17 points and grabbed sixteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Rutty's great performance BBC Nyon lost 61-69 to the higher-ranked Monthey (#4, 8-4). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. BBC Nyon can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 2-10 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Rutty he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Rutty has individually a great season in Switzerland. After 11 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 20.1ppg (3rd best) and rebounds with 13.2rpg (#1 in league).
Other top performing players last week: 4. Hakeem Rollins (202-F/C-83) of SAV Vacallo - 18 points and 10 rebounds 5. Arizona Reid (196-F-86) of Fribourg - 22 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists 6. Clint Chapman (208-F/C-89) of SAM Massagno - 24 points and 12 rebounds 7. Babacar Toure (205-F/C-85) of Geneve Lions - 10 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists 8. Brandon Jenkins (190-G-85) of Starwings - 19 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists 9. Shy Ely (194-G/F-87) of Boncourt - 21 points and 6 assists 10. Jamelle Barrett (180-PG-88) of SAM Massagno - 14 points, 4 rebounds and 10 assists
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)
LNB Round 2 of Semi-Finals. Villars and BBC Nyon claim wins - 10 hours ago
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Villars - Vevey 80-76 Villars held off visiting Vevey to force the decisive third game in the semifinal series. The hosts trailed by 14 points after three quarters before their 13-16 charge, which allowed them to win the game. The third game is scheduled for May 3rd. BBC Nyon - Pully 69-61 BBC Nyon are the first LNB finalists. They swept the semifinal series versus Pully. BBC Nyon followed the road success with a tough home win in Game 2. Pully was tied at the half but could not keep u... [read more]
Villars held off visiting Vevey to force the decisive third game in the semifinal series. The hosts trailed by 14 points after three quarters before their 13-16 charge, which allowed them to win the game. The third game is scheduled for May 3rd.
BBC Nyon are the first LNB finalists. They swept the semifinal series versus Pully. BBC Nyon followed the road success with a tough home win in Game 2. Pully was tied at the half but could not keep up in last quarter. BBC Nyon went on a strong 21:12 run in the final period to secure the winning outcome.
Recap of LNA Round 1 of Quarter-Finals - 19 hours ago
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Geneve Lions - Neuchatel 77-70 Geneve Lions outgunned Neuchatel to take 1-0 lead. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 77-70. American swingman Antonio Ballard (193-88, college: Miami, OH) stepped up and scored 17 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and his fellow American import guard Chad Timberlake (194-84, college: Fair Dickinson, agency: BeoBasket) chipped in 18 points (on 7-of-9... [read more]
Geneve Lions outgunned Neuchatel to take 1-0 lead. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 77-70. American swingman Antonio Ballard (193-88, college: Miami, OH) stepped up and scored 17 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and his fellow American import guard Chad Timberlake (194-84, college: Fair Dickinson, agency: BeoBasket) chipped in 18 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Ballard is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Geneve Lions' coach used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side Serbian power forward Zoran Krstanovic (204-82) responded with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds and Lithuanian forward Raimundas Danys (198-85, agency: Octagon Europe) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Top scorers: Geneve Lions: C.Timberlake 18+2reb+3ast, A.Ballard 17+6reb+2ast, R.Kovac 13+2reb+3ast, M.Mladjan 10+6reb+2ast, C.Braswell 8+6reb+1ast, P.Gravet 7+5reb Neuchatel: Z.Krstanovic 16+10reb, T.Brown 12+4ast, R.Danys 12+11reb+3ast, D.Ramseier 10+2reb, D.Johnson 8, C.Mafuta 8+5reb+3ast
Fribourg breezed past Swiss Central in the opener. The game without a history. Fribourg led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 70 of its points in the paint compared to Swiss Central's 28. Fribourg forced 25 Swiss Central turnovers and outrebounded them 45-21 including a 31-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. Fribourg looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Swiss Central's players. The former international Arnaud Cotture (203-95) stepped up and scored 13 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners and American point guard Justin Roberson (186-93, college: La-Monroe) chipped in 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Fribourg's coach Petar Aleksic felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side American Colin Voss (201, college: N.Texas) responded with 12 points and 7 rebounds and naturalized Serbian power forward Branko Tomic (196-96) scored 10 points and 5 rebounds. Top scorers: Fribourg: J.Roberson 16+5reb+4ast, D.Mladjan 16+2reb+1ast, A.Cotture 13+9reb+5ast, D.Wright 9+1reb+4ast, T.Brown 9+5reb, W.Molteni 8+5reb+1ast Swiss Central: C.Voss 12+7reb+1ast, B.Tomic 10+5reb, L.Mandic 7+3reb, M.Lehmann 5+5ast, S.Morandi 4+1reb, J.Domingos 2
Lugano Tigers knocked down Starwings to secure the lead in the series. The game was mostly controlled by Lugano Tigers. Starwings managed to win fourth quarter 10-8. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The former international forward Derek Stockalper (196-84, college: Cal Poly - SLO) stepped up and scored 20 points for the winners and the former international Florian Steinmann (197-91) chipped in 14 points and 6 rebounds. Lugano Tigers' coach Nicola Brienza used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. At the losing side American guard Chris Jones (188-93, college: Angelo St.) responded with 16 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists and the other American import power forward Durell Vinson (201-85, college: Wagner) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 15 rebounds. Top scorers: Lugano Tigers: D.Stockalper 20+4reb+1ast, F.Steinmann 14+6reb, E.Williams 9+9reb+2ast, T.Carey 9+5reb+3ast, N.West 6+7reb+1ast, T.Everett 6+1reb+10ast Starwings: C.Jones 16+9reb+6ast, D.Vinson 13+15reb+3ast, J.Fuchs 9+1reb+1ast, O.Brown 7+5reb, B.Schoo 6+3reb+1ast, A.Herrmann 5+1reb
Monthey prevailed against Lausanne to surge ahead in the series. The hosts trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 41-32 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Monthey outrebounded Lausanne 41-30 including 29 on the defensive glass. American power forward Jordan Heath (208-91, college: Canisius, agency: Inception Sports) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds for the winners and the former international power forward Jonathan Dubas (204-91) chipped in 13 points and 14 rebounds. Four Monthey players scored in double figures. At the losing side American guard Karl Cochran (185-92, college: Wofford) responded with 18 points and 4 assists and the other American import forward Jordan Loveridge (198-93, college: Utah) scored 9 points and 7 rebounds. Top scorers: Monthey: J.Heath 19+13reb+1ast, J.Dubas 13+14reb+1ast, M.Efevberha 12+2reb+2ast, J.Sinclair 10+3reb+2ast, P.Barac 9+6reb+6ast, M.Maruotto 6+3reb Lausanne: K.Cochran 18+2reb+4ast, D.Solioz 12+3reb, A.Wilson 9+1reb, J.Loveridge 9+7reb+1ast, L.Pythoud 6+3reb+1ast, B.Top 4+5reb
BBC Monthey (LNA) signed 33-year old Nigerian ex-international guard Michael Efevberha (193-89kg-84, college: CS Northridge). He just played at Sagesse in Lebanese Pepsi LBL. In 15 games he had very impressive stats: 23.5ppg, 7.1rpg, 4.9apg and 1.5spg this season. Efevberha also played earlier that season for LG Sakers in South Korean KBL where in 14 Pepsi LBL games he recorded 14.9ppg, 3.6rpg and 2.1apg. In 2006 he was drafted by Idaho Stampede (D-League) in first round (112th overall).... [read more]
BBC Monthey (LNA) signed 33-year old Nigerian ex-international guard Michael Efevberha (193-89kg-84, college: CS Northridge). He just played at Sagesse in Lebanese Pepsi LBL. In 15 games he had very impressive stats: 23.5ppg, 7.1rpg, 4.9apg and 1.5spg this season. Efevberha also played earlier that season for LG Sakers in South Korean KBL where in 14 Pepsi LBL games he recorded 14.9ppg, 3.6rpg and 2.1apg. In 2006 he was drafted by Idaho Stampede (D-League) in first round (112th overall). The former Cal State - Northridge standoutis in his eleventh (!!!) season in pro basketball. The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team made it to the Lebanese Cup final in 2016. Efevberha was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Swiss LNA Guard of the Year back in 2011. Strangely he also played for Nigerian National Team in 2009. Efevberha played at the WABA Club Championships this year. He is quite experienced player. Efevberha has played in seven different countries on four different continents (Europe, Asia, Australia and of course North America). He has played previously professionally in China (Blue Whales, Xinjiang Flying Tige and Hualan), Dominican Rep., France (Cholet Basket), New Zealand (Saints), Russia (Spartak Primorie Vladivostok), Czech Republic (CEZ Nymburk) and D-League (Springfield A.).
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