Europe athletes of the week
Last week: If Marbury, a 6-foot-2 junior forward, did as well on Saturday morning’s college testing as he did on the court that afternoon, top colleges will be calling. Marbury scored 23 points, pulled down 12 rebounds and blocked two shots in Division III London Central’s 50-33 win at D-I Lakenheath. Ten of those points and, according to London Central coach Alan Campbell, “several key rebounds” came in the second half, when the Bobcats, 52-43 losers to Lakenheath at home Friday, erased a 24-22 halftime deficit. “David was part of an incredible team defensive effort in the second half, one of our best in my four years here,” Campbell wrote in an e-mail about his team limiting Lakenheath to 11 points after intermission. Not bad for a guy who went one-on-one on the SATs all morning, enough to leave anyone groggy. “His ability to recover mentally was a big part of the reason we were able to keep the game close in the first half” before pulling away in the second half, Campbell wrote.
Last week: When Gilbert, a 5-foot-5 junior swingman, saw that her 27 points in Friday’s 44-39 loss at American Overseas School of Rome weren’t quite enough, she slept on it. Then she stepped it up in Saturday’s conference clash on the same floor, scoring 41 in Vicenza’s 50-24 romp. “Many of the points came on drives early on,” Vicenza coach Garrett Barton wrote Tuesday in an e-mail. “Some of the drives involved crossing in front of defenders more than once. One time, she crossed in front of the same girl twice.” When the Falcons’ defense got over its befuddlement, Barton said, Gilbert went to the jumper. She also made the most of her trips to the free-throw line, sinking 11 of 15. Barton emphasized, however, that Gilbert isn’t just about shooting. “... [S]he did pass off to her teammates frequently,” he wrote. “When they missed their shots, Chakeira was one of those striving for the rebound.”
— Selected by Stars and Stripes staff