European athletes of the week
Andre DeanBoys basketball
Last week: Dean, an All-Europe guard who averaged nearly 20 points per game last season, opened this season by scoring 48 points, handing out 11 assists and making nine steals as the Saints took two from visiting Black Forest Academy last Friday and Saturday by 30-point margins.
Dean, a junior, had 29 points and six steals in Friday’s 71-39 win, and tallied 19 points and eight assists in Saturday’s 67-37 rout.
“He’s been the sparkplug of our team,” Aviano coach Ken McNeely said Tuesday by telephone. “Everything goes through him.”
McNeely said Dean sank his only three-point try of the weekend and shot 50 percent from the floor inside the arc. “He was 3-of-4 completing fast-break opportunities,” McNeely added. “He looks for things and distributes the ball well.”
Alyssa LaneGirls basketball
Last week: Lane, a 5-foot-8 junior transfer from Canada, scored 58 points on 23-for-34 shooting from the floor and 11-for-17 from the foul line in Aviano’s sweep of visiting Black Forest Academy last weekend.
Lane scored 23 points in Friday night’s 56-34 romp, then, free of foul trouble, had 35 points in Saturday’s 53-44 triumph.
Scoring wasn’t the whole story, Aviano coach Greg Mead wrote in a Tuesday e-mail.
“She totaled 30 rebounds, had four steals and forced nine jump balls,” he wrote. “She also had six assists.”
Mead added that he lists Lane, originally from Houston, as a forward, but that’s mainly for administrative purposes.
“She can play anywhere,” he said. “She is a tremendous ballhandler, has good speed, can rebound with the big girls and is in tremendous condition.”
— Selected by Stars and Stripes staff