American Guard Karl Cochran (185-G-92) had a great game in the last round for Lausanne, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 19. The 24-year old player was the main contributor (29 points, two rebounds and five assists) to his team's victory, helping them to outclass Massagno (#10, 5-12) with 26-point margin 87-61. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on top of the standings. Lausanne is placed at 9th position in Swiss LNA. Lausanne is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 6-12 record. In the team's last game Cochran had a remarkable six three-pointers out of 11 attempts. He turned to be Lausanne's top player in his first season with the team. Former Wofford College star has very solid stats this year. Cochran is league's best scorer averaging so far 22.8ppg. Cochran is in league's top in and averages impressive 3.1spg.
The second best player in last round's games was 27-year old American Jarvis Williams (198-F-89) of Boncourt. Williams had a very good evening with 28 points and 7 rebounds. Of course Boncourt cruised to a 80-68 relatively comfortable win over the higher-ranked Monthey (#2, 13-4). Boncourt's 8th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 7-11 record. Williams is one of the most experienced players at Boncourt and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.
Third on the list of top players last round was another Boncourt's star - American guard Richard Carter (180-PG-92, agency: Inception Sports). Carter showcased his all-around game by recording 24 points, six rebounds and six assists in the last round. He was another key player of Boncourt, helping his team with a 80-68 win against the higher-ranked Monthey (#2, 13-4). The chances of Boncourt not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 11 games, recording just seven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Carter could try to bring Boncourt's a little bit higher in the standings. Carter has individually a great season in Switzerland. After 10 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.6ppg (8th best).
Other top performing players last week: 4. Jonas Bergstedt (210-C-91) of Massagno - 15 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists 5. Tristan Carey (193-G-91) of Lugano Tigers - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists 6. Chad Timberlake (194-G-84) of Geneve Lions - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists 7. Colin Voss (201-PF) of Swiss Central - 16 points and 6 rebounds 8. Chris Jones (188-G-93) of Starwings - 17 points, 2 rebounds and 8 assists 9. Anton Wilson (196-G-94) of Lausanne - 15 points, 6 rebounds and 10 assists 10. Durell Vinson (201-F/C-85) of Starwings - 10 points and 12 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)
LNB Round 2 of Semi-Finals. Villars and BBC Nyon claim wins - 4 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 - 13 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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