FORT MYERS, Fla. – FGCU men’s basketball incoming freshman Christophe Varidel connected on 5-of-9 from three-point range for a team-high 24 points en route to leading Switzerland to a 73-62 win over Belarus to conclude play at the 2010 U-20 European Men’s Basketball Championship in Austria.
The 20-point outing was the fourth in seven games for Varidel over the 10-day tournament that stretched from July 14-24. Varidel ranked seventh in Division B and led Switzerland with 17.7 points per game. The 6-foot-2 shooting guard led the team in scoring five times and reached double figure points in six contests.
Varidel was one of just two players in all of Division B to score 20 or more points in a game four or more times and was also one of two players to rank in the top 10 in scoring and three-point field goals per game (3rd). The Versoix, Switzerland native sank four or more trifectas in four games, highlighted by six threes against Portugal that led to a tournament-best 27 points. Varidel’s 23 three-pointers ranked third in Division B and accounted for 45 percent of Switzerland’s long range field goals in the entire tournament. Varidel knocked down a solid 40 percent (23-58) from beyond the arc, while the rest of the team shot just 29 percent (28-98).
Varidel’s all-around performance was evident by him also ranking second on the team in rebounding (4.9), offensive rebounds (12), assists (9), steals (11) and minutes (27.3). Five multi-steal games also helped Varidel rank 13th in Division B in steals per game (1.6).
Switzerland finished with a 1-6 record, participating in Division B of the Championship. Host Austria took home the Division B title with a hard-fought 71-66 win over Sweden in the final game.
Varidel, who signed with the Eagles and head coach Dave Balza in May, now has two years of international experience at the European Championship under his belt. Over 14 career games at the U-20 European Championship the past two summers, Varidel averaged 18.5 points per game, while leading the Swiss in scoring in 11 of 14 contests.