#1. This week's number one is an international power forward Greg Brunner (201-83, college: Iowa, currently plays in Italy). Brunner was the major contributor in a Trenkwalder RE's victory against the 14th-ranked Sutor Montegranaro (7-15) 100-83 in the Italian SerieA last Sunday.
He recorded 15 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists and made 2 blocks.
Trenkwalder Reggio Emilia (13-9) is placed seventh in the SerieA.
It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row.
It's Brunner's first season with the team.
Brunner is ranked fifth on the list of the best rebounders in the league.
He has very reliable stats this season: 12.2ppg, 7.7rpg, 1.8apg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 57.7%(97-168) and FT: 61.3%.
Brunner is a naturalized American.
Despite he played previously for the USA university national team, Brunner is currently a member of the Swiss senior national team. Strangely he has never played in Switzerland.
#2. Second place goes to former international guard Thabo Sefolosha (199-84, agency: ACMT, currently plays in NBA). Sefolosha contributed to an Oklahoma City Thunder's victory against the Boston Celtics (36-29) 91-79 in the NBA on Sunday night.
He scored 8 points and had 3 steals in 24 minutes.
The Oklahoma City Thunder has a solid 49-17 record this season.
Sefolosha has relatively good stats this year: 7.7ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.6apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 56.8%(100-176), 3FGP: 42.1% and FT: 83.0% in the 65 games he played so far.
He played for the Swiss national team in 2011.
#3. The Swiss player who performed third best last week abroad was former international guard Christophe Varidel (188-89, currently plays college basketball in the States). Varidel led Florida Gulf Coast to a victory against the Mercer University (13-5) 88-75 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game.
He scored 12 points (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line).
The Florida Gulf Coast University has a solid 13-5 conference record this season.
The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA.
This year Varidel averages: 7.7ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.6apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 56.8%(100-176), 3FGP: 42.1% and FT: 83.0%.
He played for the Swiss national team three years ago.
#4. Power forward David Ramseier (203-87, currently plays in France) managed to help Boulazac Basket Dordogne in a victory against the fifth-ranked ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (13-10) 68-59 in the French ProA in Saturday night's game.
Ramseier scored only 1 points and added 3 assists in 15 minutes.
Boulazac Basket Dordogne (7-16) is placed second from the bottom (#15) in the ProA.
This year Ramseier's overall stats are: 6.4ppg and 4.0rpg in the 12 games.
He has a dual citizenship: Swiss and French.
Ramseier 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.Rolandas Alijevas (192-G-85, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov, currently plays in Lithuania) led Siauliai to a 3-point victory over the league leader Rudupis (13-3) 87-84 in the Lithuanian LKL in Tuesday night's game.
He was MVP of the game. Alijevas scored 22 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 36 minutes.
It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. BC Siauliai (9-7) is placed fourth in the LKL.
There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical.
Alijevas has relatively good stats this year: 11.7ppg, 3.7rpg, 3.7apg and 1.8spg in the six games he played so far.
He has a dual citizenship: Swiss and Lithuanian.
Despite Alijevas' Swiss passport, he previously played for the Lithuanian university national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Swiss team.
#2.Clint Ndumba-Capella (205-C-94, currently plays in France) managed to help ES Chalon-Sur-Saone in a 3-point victoryagainst the 11th-ranked Limoges CSP Elite (4-15) 74-71 in the French ProA last Tuesday.
Ndumba-Capella scored only 2 points in 4 minutes on the court. It was his first game for Chalon/Saor this season.
His team is placed third in the ProA.
#3.Alex Vaenerberg (183-G-92, currently plays in Finland), who plays in the Finnish Korisliiga could not help Salon Vilpas (11-26) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Vaenerberg's good performance Salon Vilpas was badly defeated 89-73 at home by the second-ranked Loimaan Korikonkarit.
He was the second best scorer with 13 points.
Vaenerberg's overall stats this season are: 7.4ppg, 2.3rpg and 2.8apg.
He is another player who holds two passports: Finnish and Swiss.
LNB Round 2 of Semi-Finals. Villars and BBC Nyon claim wins - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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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