European athletes of the week
Last week: Jordan, a 5-foot-9 freshman forward, scored 18 points and ripped down 18 rebounds Friday night as the Lady Spartans handed visiting Mannheim its first loss of the season, 45-27. Jordan came back in Saturday’s 44-24 victory with 16 points and 12 rebounds, and according to coach Barbara DeVos, played solid defense.
“I don’t call her Ashley,” DeVos wrote in an e-mail, “I call her Jordan because she plays like a female (Michael) Jordan. I started calling her Jordan since her first practice with SHAPE.”
The nomenclature stuck to Jordan, who averaged 16 points and 14 rebounds per game.
“Now almost everyone at SHAPE calls her Jordan,” DeVos wrote.
Jordan’s “be like Mike” act helped SHAPE clinch the II-North league championship. The Lady Spartans hosted Division I power International School of Brussels on Wednesday night and close out their regular season Friday at AFNORTH.
Last week: Cannie, a 5-foot-11 senior guard, scored 40 points on Friday and 29 on Saturday as defending European Division II champion Hanau downed Patch 58-44 and 79-55 to clinch at least a tie for the Division II-South crown.
“Perry Cannie has been a great addition to the Hanau basketball team,” Hanau coach Tim Smith wrote in an e-mail.
“He is a major reason the Panthers are 15-3. Perry is the Panthers’ leading scorer, averaging 20 points per game. He also averages three assists, three steals and four rebounds per game.”
Cannie’s achievements are welcome at Hanau, which had to start the season by trying to replace the production of graduated All-Europe center Marcus Fontanez and the shooting of playmaking of guard Jeremy Marshall, who transferred to Kaiserslautern.
“He is the total package,” Smith continued. “Not only does he have a lot of ability but also he works extremely hard in practice and in games. He is a great leader, competitor, and role model.”
— Selected by Stars and Stripes staff