#1. This week's number one is former international power forward Clint Capela (208-94, currently plays in NBA). He was the major contributor in a Houston Rockets' victory against the Denver Nuggets (35-37) 109-105 in the NBA in Saturday night's game.
Capela scored 16 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 24 minutes on the court.
The Houston Rockets have a solid 50-22 record this season.
It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row.
Capela has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 12.4ppg, 7.9rpg, 1.2bpg, 2FGP: 64.0%(311-486) and FT: 53.5% in 57 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 could not help the Atlanta Hawks (37-35) in their last game on Monday. Despite Sefolosha's good performance the Atlanta Hawks (37-35) were defeated 105-90 on the road by the Charlotte Hornets.
He recorded 11 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists.
Sefolosha has relatively good stats this season: 7.3ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.8apg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 48.7%, 3FGP: 35.0% and FT: 73.3%.
He played for the Swiss national team in 2014.
#3. The Swiss player who performed third best last week abroad was former University international point guard Jonathan Shtarkman (188-91, currently plays in Israel). He led Hasharon to a victory against the closely-ranked Maccabi Rehovot (14-10) 94-89 in the Israeli National League (second division) in Tuesday night's game.
Shtarkman scored 21 points.
Ramat Hasharon (10-11) is placed fifth in the National League.
There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical.
It's Shtarkman's first season with the team.
His overall stats this year are: 10.0ppg, 2.2rpg, 2.9apg, 3FGP: 37.7% and FT: 74.4%.
Shtarkman has a dual citizenship: Swiss and Israeli.
Despite he played previously for the Israeli U20 national team, Shtarkman played also for the Swiss university national team in 2015.
#4. Power forward Nicolas Dos Santos (200-87, currently plays in Portugal) managed to help Sport Lisboa Benfica in a victory against the fourth-ranked Oliveirense (19-7) 72-67 in the Portuguese LPB last Saturday.
He recorded only 4 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 12 minutes.
Sport Lisboa Benfica (20-6) is placed second in Places 1-6 group.
This year Dos Santos' overall stats are: 3.0ppg and 2.3rpg in 22 games.
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.Alex Vaenerberg (183-G-92, currently plays in Finland). Vaenerberg could not help one of league's weakest teams Helsinki Seagulls (24-11) to beat Salon Vilpas (27-8).
He scored 5 points and added 3 passes in 17 minutes.
Helsinki Seagulls lost 70-78 at home to the leading Salon Vilpas.
It was Helsinki Seagulls' third consecutive loss in a row.
Vaenerberg's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical.
It's Vaenerberg's first season with the team.
This year his overall stats are: 5.1ppg, 1.3rpg and 1.9apg in 34 games he played so far.
Vaenerberg has a dual citizenship: Swiss and Finnish.
#2.Robert Zinn (197-SG-95, currently plays in Germany) contributed to Nuernberg's victory against the seventh-ranked Oettinger Rockets Gotha (15-14) 79-66 in the German ProA (second division) on Saturday night.
Zinn recorded 6 points.
Nuernberg Falcons BC (0-19) is placed 12th in the ProA.
The Regular Season already ended.
Zinn's total stats this season are: 3.8ppg, 1.9rpg and 2.6apg.
He is another player who holds two passports: German and Swiss.
Despite Zinn's Swiss nationality, he previously played for the German U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Swiss team.
#3.Marco Portannese (192-G-89, currently plays in Italy) was not able to help Verona in their game against Unieuro Forli (7-18) in the Italian Serie A2 (second division).
Portannese recorded only 4 points in 16 minutes.
The eighth-placed Verona (13-12) was edged 70-68 on the road by the much lower-ranked (#15) Unieuro Forli in the East group.
It was Verona's first loss after three consecutive victories.
This year Portannese has relatively solid stats: 11.4ppg, 4.2rpg, 3.0apg and 1.4spg in 25 games.
He has both Italian and Swiss nationalities.
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.).
Heath's double-double lands him (Second Stage) Player of the Week award - 3 days ago
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25-year old power forward Jordan Heath (208-F/C-91, agency: Inception Sports) had a very impressive game in the last round for second-ranked Monthey and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 5 (Second Stage). He had a double-double of 19 points and 19 rebounds, while his team beat Neuchatel (#5, 13-12) 81-76. Monthey maintains the 2nd position in Swiss league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier in Second Stage. Monthey will need... [read more]
25-year old power forward Jordan Heath (208-F/C-91, agency: Inception Sports) had a very impressive game in the last round for second-ranked Monthey and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 5 (Second Stage). He had a double-double of 19 points and 19 rebounds, while his team beat Neuchatel (#5, 13-12) 81-76. Monthey maintains the 2nd position in Swiss league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier in Second Stage. Monthey will need more victories to improve their 18-7 record. Heath turned to be Monthey's top player in his first season with the team. Canisius College graduate has very impressive stats this year. Heath is in league's top in rebounds (3rd best: 9.5rpg) and averages solid 1.7bpg and 62.9% FGP.
Second best performed player last round was Karl Cochran (185-G-92) of Lausanne. He is American guard in his first season at Lausanne. In the last game Cochran recorded impressive double-double of 32 points and 10 assists. Of course he led Lausanne to another comfortable win outscoring slightly lower-ranked Boncourt (#9, 9-15) 99-77. This victory allowed Lausanne to move up to 7th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 11-13 record. Cochran is a newcomer at Lausanne and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 22.2ppg (#1). His other stats are also decent: 4.3rpg and 4.5apg.
Third place about best performers goes to guard Chris Jones (188-G-93) of Starwings (#6). Jones got into 30-points club by scoring 31 points in the last round. He went also for six rebounds and six assists. Despite Jones' great performance Starwings lost 88-110 in overtime to slightly higher-ranked Geneve Lions (#4, 15-10). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Starwings ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 13 games, recording just twelve victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Jones could help Starwings to bring them higher in the standings. Jones has a great season in Switzerland. After 25 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 20.2ppg (3rd best) and assists with 4.5apg (6th best). He also has 2.4spg and FGP: 58.2%.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Chris Braswell (206-F-89) of Geneve Lions - 21 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists 5. Warren Niles (196-G-89) of Massagno - 32 points and 5 rebounds 6. Nemanja Calasan (204-C-85) of Boncourt - 17 points, 18 rebounds and 3 assists 7. Antonio Ballard (193-G/F-88) of Geneve Lions - 17 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists 8. Jordan Loveridge (198-F-93) of Lausanne - 29 points and 8 rebounds 9. Jarvis Williams (198-F-89) of Boncourt - 22 points and 5 rebounds 10. Chaz Williams (175-PG-91) of Geneve Lions - 15 points, 10 rebounds and 8 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)
Starwings (#6) forced the game against Geneve Lions (#4) into an overtime, but lost by twenty two points 88-110 on Saturday night. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Starwings. American players dominated the game. Chris Braswell orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists. Geneve Lions' coach felt very confident that he used 11 players in such tough game. Geneve Lions (15-10) moved-up to third place in Places 1-6, whi... [read more]
Starwings (#6) forced the game against Geneve Lions (#4) into an overtime, but lost by twenty two points 88-110 on Saturday night. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Starwings. American players dominated the game. Chris Braswell orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists. Geneve Lions' coach felt very confident that he used 11 players in such tough game. Geneve Lions (15-10) moved-up to third place in Places 1-6, which they share with Lugano Tigers. Starwings at the other side keep the sixth position with 13 games lost.
In the last game of round 5 In Places 1-6 Lugano Tigers was beaten by Fribourg on the road 74-69. Monthey won against Neuchatel on its own court 81-76. In Places 7-11 Lausanne managed to outperform Swiss Central in a road game 75-61. Boncourt managed to beat Massagno at home 90-75. Boncourt was crushed by Lausanne on the opponent's court 99-77. The most impressive performance of 5th round was 21 points and 10 rebounds by Jordan Loveridge of Lausanne.
Starwings (#6) forced the game against Geneve Lions (#4) into an overtime, but lost by twenty two points 88-110 on Saturday night. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Starwings. The hosts trailed by 9 points after three quarters before their 29-20 charge, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time and get a 22-point victory in overtime. Geneve Lions outrebounded Starwings 47-28 including a 31-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 13 passes made by Starwings' players. Starwings were plagued by 32 personal fouls down the stretch. American players dominated the game. Forward Chris Braswell (206-89, college: Charlotte) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists. Point guard Chaz Williams (175-91, college: Massachusetts) contributed with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners. Five Geneve Lions players scored in double figures. Geneve Lions' coach felt very confident that he used 11 players in such tough game. Guard Chris Jones (188-93, college: Angelo St.) answered with 31 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists and power forward Octavius Brown (206-93, college: Alcorn St.) added 24 points in the effort for Starwings. Geneve Lions (15-10) moved-up to third place in Places 1-6, which they share with Lugano Tigers. Starwings at the other side keep the sixth position with 13 games lost. Top scorers: Geneve Lions: R.Kovac 25+3reb+2ast, M.Mladjan 21+7reb+3ast, C.Braswell 21+13reb+5ast, A.Ballard 17+7reb+5ast, C.Williams 15+10reb+8ast, P.Gravet 5+4reb+2ast Starwings: C.Jones 31+6reb+6ast, O.Brown 24+1reb+2ast, J.Fuchs 14+4reb+1ast, B.Schoo 9+2reb, D.Vinson 8+12reb+1ast, A.Verga 2+1ast
No shocking result in a game when first ranked Fribourg (21-4) beat at home 3rd placed Lugano Tigers (15-10) 74-69 on Saturday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 28-20. But Lugano Tigers won second period 19-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Fribourg won last quarter 16-13. American forward Travis Taylor (203-90, college: Xavier) orchestrated the victory by scoring 15 points and 8 rebounds. The former international Arnaud Cotture (203-95) contributed with 9 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Fribourg's coach Petar Aleksic used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American guard Tristan Carey (193-91, college: Longwood) answered with 14 points and the other American import guard Terrell Everett (193-84, college: Oklahoma, agency: Diamond Sports) added 4 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists in the effort for Lugano Tigers. Defending champion maintains first place in Places 1-6 with 21-4 record. Lugano Tigers lost third consecutive game. They keep the third position with ten games lost. Top scorers: Fribourg: T.Taylor 15+8reb+1ast, J.Roberson 13+4reb+2ast, N.Jurkovitz 10+5reb, D.Wright 9+2reb, T.Brown 9+3reb+5ast, A.Cotture 9+7reb+3ast Lugano Tigers: T.Carey 14+4reb+2ast, E.Williams 12+2reb+2ast, J.Aw 10+5reb+1ast, A.Louissaint 9+3reb+4ast, D.Stockalper 9+3reb+4ast, N.West 8+5reb
Rather expected game when 5th ranked Neuchatel (13-12) lost on the road to second ranked Monthey (18-7) 81-76 on Saturday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 19-12. But Neuchatel won second period 24-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Neuchatel 48-33 including 18 on the offensive glass. American power forward Jordan Heath (208-91, college: Canisius, agency: Inception Sports) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 19 rebounds. Naturalized French Mikael Maruotto (201-91) contributed with 21 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. American guard Tony Brown (193-79, college: Arkansas St.) answered with 18 points and Serbian power forward Zoran Krstanovic (204-82) added 12 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Neuchatel. Four Neuchatel players scored in double figures. Monthey have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain second place in Places 1-6 with 18-7 record having just three points less than leader Fribourg. Neuchatel lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with 12 games lost. Top scorers: Monthey: M.Maruotto 21+8reb, P.Barac 21+1reb+4ast, J.Heath 19+19reb+1ast, J.Sinclair 9+6reb+1ast, L.Grau 5+1reb+1ast, J.Dubas 4+9reb+2ast Neuchatel: T.Brown 18+1reb+3ast, Z.Krstanovic 12+8reb+1ast, R.Danys 12+7reb, D.Johnson 11+5reb, D.Ramseier 8+2reb+1ast, B.Savoy 7+5reb+2ast
Everything could happen in Luzern at the game between two tied teams. Both eighth ranked Lausanne and 7th ranked Swiss Central had identical 10-13 record. But Swiss Central was not able to use a home court advantage and was defeated by the opponent from Lausanne 75-61 on Saturday night. The game was mostly controlled by Lausanne. Swiss Central was better in fourth quarter 23-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Lausanne dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Swiss Central's 26. Lausanne forced 26 Swiss Central turnovers. American forward Jordan Loveridge (198-93, college: Utah) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Anton Wilson (196-94, college: Detroit Mercy) contributed with 7 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Marco Lehmann (185-93) answered with 18 points and 9 assists and American Colin Voss (201, college: N.Texas) added 15 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Swiss Central. Lausanne (11-13) have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to seventh place in Places 7-11. Loser Swiss Central dropped to the eighth position with 14 games lost. Top scorers: Lausanne: J.Loveridge 21+10reb+3ast, K.Cochran 14+2reb+1ast, B.Swannegan 12+6reb, A.Wilson 7+10reb+2ast, B.Top 6+2reb, L.Pythoud 6+1reb+1ast Swiss Central: M.Lehmann 18+1reb+9ast, C.Voss 15+7reb+1ast, T.Rocak 7+3reb, M.Pluess 7+2reb, B.Tomic 5+7reb+2ast, L.Mandic 4+4reb
Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both ninth ranked Boncourt and 10th ranked Massagno had identical 8-15 record. This time Boncourt used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Massagno 90-75 on Saturday night. The hosts trailed by 11 points after first quarter, but they stormed back winning next two quarters and won the game by 15 points. Boncourt outrebounded Massagno 41-29 including a 33-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. Serbian-Montenegrin center Nemanja Calasan (204-85, college: Purdue, agency: HMS) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 18 rebounds. Point guard Branislav Kostic (180-94) contributed with 16 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Five Boncourt players scored in double figures. American guard Warren Niles (196-89, college: ORU, agency: Two Points) answered with 32 points and 5 rebounds and the other American import guard Quinton Day (185-84, college: UMKC) added 16 points in the effort for Massagno. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Boncourt maintains ninth place in Places 7-11 with 9-15 record. Loser Massagno keeps the tenth position with 16 games lost. Top scorers: Boncourt: N.Calasan 17+18reb+3ast, B.Kostic 16+1reb, V.Gaillard 12+3reb+1ast, J.Williams 11+3reb+2ast, J.Landenbergue 10+2reb, G.Louissaint 10+2reb+2ast Massagno: W.Niles 32+5reb, Q.Day 16+1reb, D.Andjelkovic 8+1reb+2ast, A.Bracelli 4+1reb, O.Huettenmoser 4+2reb, J.Bergstedt 4+4reb+1ast
The game between closely ranked teams ended with eighth ranked Lausanne's (11-13) home victory over 9th ranked Boncourt (9-15) 99-77 on Wednesday. The hosts trailed by 11 points after first quarter, but they stormed back and won the game by 22 points. Lausanne outrebounded Boncourt 38-26 including 23 on the defensive glass. American guard Karl Cochran (185-92, college: Wofford) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 32 points and 10 assists. His fellow American import forward Jordan Loveridge (198-93, college: Utah) contributed with 29 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. American forward Jarvis Williams (198-89, college: Minn.St.-Mankato) answered with 22 points and 5 rebounds and Serbian-Montenegrin center Nemanja Calasan (204-85, college: Purdue, agency: HMS) added 9 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Boncourt. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Lausanne have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to seventh place in Places 7-11. Loser Boncourt keeps the ninth position with 15 games lost. Top scorers: Lausanne: K.Cochran 32+4reb+10ast, J.Loveridge 29+8reb+1ast, A.Wilson 18+4reb, M.Bozovic 10+9reb+1ast, L.Pythoud 8+7reb+6ast, B.Swannegan 2+3reb+1ast Boncourt: J.Williams 22+5reb+1ast, V.Gaillard 13+3reb, J.Landenbergue 12+3reb+2ast, R.Carter 11+1ast, N.Calasan 9+10reb+1ast, G.Louissaint 6+1reb
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