Switzerland claimed the second win at the U18 European Championship in Division B. They came from behind to snatch a dramatic win over Romania in Group C. Both teams are now tied at 2-2 record. Clayton Le Sann (188-SG-95) notched 25 points to lead the winners. Romania unloaded 28 points in the first period to gain a 2-point lead. They maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. Romania secured a 47:41 halftime advantage. They stretched the margin in the third term. Romania entered the final stanza up by 13 points 69:56. But Switzerland turned things around in the fourth frame. Damjanovic scored three points to trigger an 18:2 run that crowned the regulation and brought victory for Switzerland. Noe Anabir (198-F/C-95) netted 14 points, while Luka Mandic (205-C/F-96) and Arnaud Cotture (201-PF-95) had 10 points each for the winners. Vlad Cobzaru (201-C-95) responded with 19 points for Romania. Andrei Ciordas (203-PF-95) netted 18 points in the loss.
Recap of LNA Round 1 of Quarter-Finals - 55 minutes 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.).
Heath's double-double lands him (Second Stage) Player of the Week award - 5 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)
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