Gravelines is the ProA regular season champion with 27-3 record. Eight teams advanced to the Playoff Quarterfinals, while two last ranked teams faced with relegation to ProB (Pau-Orthez and Hyeres-Toulon). Quarterfinals start on May 22 and format is best-of-three.
Quarterfinals - First games 22 MAY: Gravelines vs Cholet 22 MAY: Chalon vs Roanne 22 MAY: Orleans vs Paris-Levallois 22 MAY: Le Mans vs Nancy
Cholet - Strasbourg 62-76 Cholet was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 44-29 second half run of Strasbourg IG. They outrebounded Cholet 36-25 including 28 on the defensive glass. American-Dominican swingman Ricardo Greer (197-78, college: Pittsburgh) notched a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds to lead the effort and the former international center Alexis Ajinca (215-88, agency: Priority Sports) supported him with 13 points and 9 rebounds. Even 14 points by American guard Patrick Christopher (196-88, college: California) did not help to save the game for Cholet. International guard Fabien Causeur (193-87) added 11 points. Top scorers: Cholet: P.Christopher 14+2reb+1ast, R.Gobert 11+3reb, F.Causeur 11+4reb, L.Vebobe 8+5reb, R.Falker 7+3reb+2ast, D.Nelson 7+4reb+4ast Strasbourg: R.Greer 15+11reb+3ast, A.Ajinca 13+9reb+2ast, C.Oliver 13+4reb+3ast, K.Anderson 9+3reb+5ast, M.Zianveni 8+5reb+2ast, N.de Jong 6
Le Havre - Paris-Levallois 89-94 The guests trailed by 11 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 5 points. Paris-Levallois made 19-of-21 free shots (90.5 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American guard Eric Chatfield (191-79, college: N.Mexico) who scored 24 points and 9 assists (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). The other American import power forward Lamont Hamilton (208-84, college: St.John's) chipped in 22 points and 8 rebounds. Paris-Levallois' coach Christophe Denis used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was naturalized American swingman Nicholas Pope (196-84, college: Oklah.Baptist) who recorded 26 points and American-Venezuelan guard John Cox (195-81, college: USF) added 20 points and 4 assists respectively. Top scorers: Le Havre: N.Pope 26+1reb+3ast, J.Cox 20+3reb+4ast, B.Boddicker 13+2reb+2ast, K.Houston 10+4reb+2ast, G.Pitard 8+4reb+2ast, G.Jenkins 6+5reb+1ast Paris-Levallois: E.Chatfield 24+2reb+9ast, L.Hamilton 22+8reb+2ast, J.Williams 17+3reb+2ast, M.Morandais 10+2reb+1ast, T.Meacham 10+3reb+1ast, D.Noel 5+2reb+2ast
Nancy - Dijon 79-68 The game without a history. Sluc Nancy led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. The best player for the winners was Nigerian center Akinlolu Akingbala (208-83, college: Clemson) who had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds. The former international power forward Adrien Moerman (203-88) chipped in 18 points and 9 rebounds. Four Sluc Nancy players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American swingman Sean Marshall (198-85, college: Boston Coll.) who recorded 12 points and 4 assists and his fellow American import power forward Andre Harris (201-85, college: Fair Dickinson) added 17 points respectively. Top scorers: Dijon: A.Harris 17+1reb, S.Marshall 12+3reb+4ast, J.Leloup 9+2reb+1ast, Z.Moss 7+5reb, D.Melody 6+2reb, L.Aboudou 6+2reb+1ast Nancy: A.Akingbala 18+11reb+2ast, A.Moerman 18+9reb+3ast, P.Amagou 17+1reb+5ast, J.Shuler 15+2reb+3ast, K.Grant 5+7reb+2ast, A.Kader Sylla 2
Orleans - Poitiers 83-67 The game with biggest result difference took place in Orleans. Local Entente Orleans 45 (21-9) beat 13th ranked Poitiers (9-21) 83-67 on Wednesday night. The game was mostly controlled by Entente Orleans 45. Poitiers was better in second period 20-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Entente Orleans 45 forced 19 Poitiers turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Poitiers' players. The best player for the winners was American forward Brian Greene (204-81, college: Colorado St.) who scored 22 points and 9 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field). Naturalized Mali forward Amara Sy (202-81) chipped in 16 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Entente Orleans 45's coach Philippe Herve used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was American-Italian guard Anthony Dobbins (194-81, college: Richmond) who recorded 14 points and 7 rebounds and the former international power forward Pape Badiane (207-80, college: Cleveland St.) added 10 points and 9 rebounds respectively. Five Poitiers players scored in double figures. Top scorers: Poitiers: A.Dobbins 14+7reb+3ast, E.Fournier 12+2reb, A.Grant 11+5reb+2ast, J.J.J. Miller 11+2reb+3ast, P.Badiane 10+9reb, P.Guillard 5+5reb+1ast Orleans: B.Greene 22+9reb, A.Sy 16+7reb+5ast, C.Banks 13+2reb+8ast, M.Pellin 8+2reb+3ast, G.Joseph 8+2reb+1ast, Y.Sangare 7+1reb+6ast
Pau-Lacq-Orthez - Hyeres-Toulon 87-80 The game between closely ranked teams ended with 16th ranked Hyeres-Toulon's (3-27) road loss to fifteenth ranked Pau-Lacq-Orthez (7-23) 80-87 on Wednesday. The hosts trailed by 10 points at the halftime before their 32-13 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was American guard Allan Ray (188-84, college: Villanova) who scored 27 points. The other American import guard Teddy Gipson (193-80, college: Arkansas, agency: Court Side) chipped in 16 points and 6 rebounds. Pau-Lacq-Orthez's coach Claude Bergeaud allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the other side the best for losing team was Senegalese forward Mouhammad Faye (208-85, college: SMU) who recorded 20 points and 9 rebounds and center Louis Labeyrie (209-92) added 12 points and 11 rebounds respectively. Top scorers: Hyeres-Toulon: M.Faye 20+9reb, P.Morlende 14+2ast, S.Fein 13+4reb+1ast, L.Labeyrie 12+11reb+1ast, S.Cisse 10+1reb+1ast, A.Julien 7+1reb+1ast Pau-Lacq-Orthez: A.Ray 27+4reb+2ast, T.Gipson 16+6reb+3ast, M.Maravic 14+8reb+2ast, C.Elonu 13+10reb, R.Lesca 11+1reb+4ast, J.Morency 6+6reb+1ast
Nanterre - Le Mans 72-79 Very predictable result when fourth ranked Le Mans (19-11) beat on the road 9th ranked JSF Nanterre (14-16) 79-72 on Wednesday. The guests trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 79-72. Le Mans outrebounded JSF Nanterre 37-26 including 26 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was Brazilian power forward Joao Paulo Batista (207-81, college: Gonzaga) who had a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds. American point guard Taylor Rochestie (185-85, college: Washington St.) chipped in 13 points and 6 assists. Four Le Mans players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward William Daniels (203-86, college: Rhode Island) who recorded 17 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and guard Xavier Corosine (184-85) added 14 points respectively. Top scorers: Nanterre: W.Daniels 17+4reb+1ast, X.Corosine 14+4reb+1ast, M.Riley 9+1reb, M.Judith 8+3reb+4ast, D.Garrett 7+2reb+2ast, S.Brun 6+5reb+5ast Le Mans: A.Acker 17+1ast, J.Paulo Batista 14+10reb+3ast, T.Rochestie 13+1reb+6ast, M.Sommerville 11+6reb, A.Koffi 7+6reb, C.Kahudi 7+8reb+2ast
Gravelines - Chalon 81-78 Second-ranked Chalon/Saor (23-7) made lots of trouble for first ranked Gravelines-Dunkerque (27-3) on Wednesday. Gravelines-Dunkerque managed to secure only three-point victory 81-78. However their fans expected easier game. The hosts trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 23-12 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was American guard Juby Johnson (196-81, college: Miami, OH) who scored 15 points. The former international Cyril Akpomedah (203-79) chipped in 12 points and 5 rebounds. Four Gravelines-Dunkerque players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American swingman Blake Schilb (200-83, college: Loyola, IL, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) who recorded 20 points (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) and his fellow American import guard Malcolm Delaney (191-89, college: Virginia Tech) added 21 points (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!) respectively. Top scorers: Chalon: M.Delaney 21, B.Schilb 20+3reb+2ast, B.Smith 7+3ast, A.Jordan 6+2reb+1ast, I.Evtimov 6+9reb+1ast, S.Tchicamboud 5+1reb+7ast Gravelines: J.Johnson 15+3reb+1ast, C.Akpomedah 12+5reb, J.Reynolds 10+3reb+1ast, A.Albicy 10+5ast, L.Vaty 9+4reb+1ast, J.Edwards 9+4reb+2ast
ASVEL - Roanne 69-68 A very close game took place in Villeurbanne between ASVEL and Chorale de Roanne. Twelfth ranked ASVEL (13-17) got a very close home victory over higher ranked Chorale de Roanne (16-14). ASVEL managed to escape with a 1-point win 69-68 on Wednesday evening. Chorale de Roanne was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. The game was dominated by American players. Swingman Dijon Thompson (201-83, college: UCLA) scored 18 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and power forward Hilton Armstrong (208-84, college: Connecticut) chipped in 14 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was forward Dylan Page (204-82, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) with 19 points and 7 rebounds and swingman John Holland (195-88, college: Boston U.) scored 22 points. Top scorers: Roanne: J.Holland 22+4reb+1ast, D.Page 19+7reb+1ast, U.Nsonwu-Amadi 10+8reb+2ast, R.Wright 7+4reb+3ast, G.Lawal 6+2reb, M.Mokongo 4+1reb+1ast ASVEL: D.Thompson 18+6reb+1ast, H.Armstrong 14+8reb+2ast, L.Westermann 9+2reb+2ast, P.Lacombe 6+4reb+3ast, K.Tillie 6+6reb+2ast, T.Leon 6+1reb
Orleans add Milosevic to their roster - 13 hours ago
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Entente Orleans 45 (ProA) added to their roster 30-year old Montenegrin power forward Nemanja Milosevic (204-111kg-87, college: W.Kentucky, agency: 011 Sports). He started the season at Tsmoki-Minsk in Belarusian Premier League. Milosevic managed to play in three leagues this year. In 12 Premier League games he had 14.5ppg, 6.7rpg and 1.7apg. Milosevic also played 18 games in VTB United League where he recorded 6.6ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.5apg. And finally he contributed to 4 games in Basketball... [read more]
Entente Orleans 45 (ProA) added to their roster 30-year old Montenegrin power forward Nemanja Milosevic (204-111kg-87, college: W.Kentucky, agency: 011 Sports). He started the season at Tsmoki-Minsk in Belarusian Premier League. Milosevic managed to play in three leagues this year. In 12 Premier League games he had 14.5ppg, 6.7rpg and 1.7apg. Milosevic also played 18 games in VTB United League where he recorded 6.6ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.5apg. And finally he contributed to 4 games in Basketball Champions League where he averaged 5.8ppg and 7.5rpg. The last season Milosevic played at Enel Brindisi in Italian Serie A. In 26 games he got 3.0ppg and 2.2rpg. He also played 10 games in Eurocup where he got 7.1ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.1apg. Milosevic's team won Romanian Cup in 2014. He was a member of Montenegrin international program for some years. Milosevic was called to Montenegrin Senior National Team two years ago and previously for U20 National Team between 2007 and 2008. He is quite experienced player. Milosevic has played also professionally in Bulgaria (Yambol), Spain (Burgos), Montenegro (Mornar Bar, Buducnost and KK Podgorica) and Romania (CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu). He attended Western Kentucky University until 2010 and it is his seventh season as a professional player. On Milosevic:
He's a key player--bigger and stronger and he seems more confident. He can be a consistent double-double.
Pau-Lacq-Orthez adds Agbelese to their roster - 5 hours ago
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Elan Bearnais Pau-Lacq-Orthez (ProA) added to their roster 27-year old American (has also Nigerian passport) power forward Danny Agbelese (206-107kg-90, college: Hampton). He played recently at Enel Brindisi in Italian Serie A, but left the team earlier this month. In 23 games he recorded 5.0ppg and 4.2rpg this season. The last season Agbelese played at Gipuzkoa in Spanish Liga Endesa where in 23 games he averaged 4.2ppg, 4.1rpg and 1.1bpg. He also played earlier that season for Ourense (... [read more]
Elan Bearnais Pau-Lacq-Orthez (ProA) added to their roster 27-year old American (has also Nigerian passport) power forward Danny Agbelese (206-107kg-90, college: Hampton). He played recently at Enel Brindisi in Italian Serie A, but left the team earlier this month. In 23 games he recorded 5.0ppg and 4.2rpg this season. The last season Agbelese played at Gipuzkoa in Spanish Liga Endesa where in 23 games he averaged 4.2ppg, 4.1rpg and 1.1bpg. He also played earlier that season for Ourense (Liga Endesa) in Spain. In 11 games he had 9.3ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.2spg and 1.0bpg. Agbelese also spent pre-season at A.G.O Rethymno Aegean (A1) in Greek league earlier that year. His college team won MEAC Tournament in 2011. Agbelese's career allowed him to visit four different continents. He tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America. Agbelese has played previously professionally in Iran (Esteghlal), Uruguay (Union Atletica and Wanderers) and Spain (CB Guadalajara). He attended Hampton University until 2012 and it is his fifth season as a professional player.
Defending champion ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (ProA) strengthened their roster with addition of experienced 37-year old Australian international center David Andersen (213-108kg-80). It is actually his comeback to ASVEL Lyon Villeurbanne Basket as he has played here before. Andersen He started the season at United in Australian NBL league. In 19 games he recorded 10.3ppg, 4 [read more]
Defending champion ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (ProA) strengthened their roster with addition of experienced 37-year old Australian international center David Andersen (213-108kg-80). It is actually his comeback to ASVEL Lyon Villeurbanne Basket as he has played here before. Andersen He started the season at United in Australian NBL league. In 19 games he recorded 10.3ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.9apg this season. The last season Andersen played at ASVEL Lyon Villeurbanne Basket where in 45 ProA games he averaged 10.8ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.5apg. He helped them to win the league title (twice) and they also made it to the Cup final (twice). Great season indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-French ProA 3rd Team and to the All-Star Game. Andersen also played 12 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he had 14.9ppg, 7.3rpg and 1.5apg. A very good season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-FIBA Europe Cup Honorable Mention. In 2002 Andersen was drafted by Atlanta Hawks (NBA) in second round (37th overall). The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he received Eurobasket.com All-French ProA Center of the Year award back in 2014. Andersen has been also a member of Australian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Australian senior team since 2001 and previously for U21 National Team in 2001. Andersen represented Australia at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) last year. His team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 5 games: 9.8ppg, 4.6rpg, FGP: 66.7%, 3PT: 50.0%, FT: 66.7%. Andersen is quite experienced player. Thanks to his pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Australia and of course North America) in seven different countries. Andersen has played previously professionally also in Italy (Virtus 1934 Bologna and Mens Sana 1871 Siena), Russia (CSKA Moscow), Spain (FC Barcelona), Turkey (Fenerbahce), NBA (New Orleans Pelicans, Houston Rockets and Toronto Raptors) and France (Strasbourg IG). It's very possible he may end his playing career at ASVEL Lyon Villeurbanne Basket. The scouts decsribe him following way:
Not very strong body (yet), but very good skills like for the man his size. Very useful playing close to the basket. Can jump, and and uses his turn around jumper. Very long arms make him dangerous close to the basket, when he can play with his back to the rim, and has very good moves. Can hit from the middle-range. Quick and decent passer. He has some problems playing against stronger centers.
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