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
Defending champion Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut (Pepsi LBL) strengthened their roster with addition of 32-year old former Lebanese international center Roy Samaha (205-113kg-84). It is actually his comeback to Beirut as he has played here before. Samaha has a double citizenship as he also holds French passport. Samaha played in the summer at Sagesse in the Pepsi LBL. But in 32 games he recorded just 1.6ppg and 2.3rpg. Samaha helped them to make it to both league and Cup finals. He won Dubai... [read more]
Defending champion Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut (Pepsi LBL) strengthened their roster with addition of 32-year old former Lebanese international center Roy Samaha (205-113kg-84). It is actually his comeback to Beirut as he has played here before. Samaha has a double citizenship as he also holds French passport. Samaha played in the summer at Sagesse in the Pepsi LBL. But in 32 games he recorded just 1.6ppg and 2.3rpg. Samaha helped them to make it to both league and Cup finals. He won Dubai International Tournament championship title. Among other achievements Samaha received Asia-Basket.com Lebanese League All-Domestic Players Team award back in 2010. He was also a member of Lebanese international program for some years. Samaha played for Lebanese Senior National Team between 2002 and 2013 and previously for U20 National Team in 2004. He represented Lebanon at the West Asia Basketball Championships in Tehran (Iran) three years ago. Thanks to Samaha's pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America). Samaha has played previously professionally also in France (Paris-Levallois) and Lebanon (Anibal, Blue Stars and Al Moutahed). The scouts decsribe him following way:
Player with size, strength, and aggressiveness, rebounds well on both ends, works very hard on defense and now finds himself as a starter playing ahead of older players, plays close to the basket and finishes very well in traffic. This player will one day be the league's best player on 4/5 position..
Roanne - Chalon 91:90 Roanne narrowly defeated Chalon in the preseason clash. Arthur Rozenfeld (180-PG-95) stepped up with game-high 29 points to lead the winners. Chalon eked out a 27:26 lead after the opening quarter. Roanne denied the deficit and surged ahead for a 49:48 halftime advantage. Chalon regained the lead in the third term. They entered the final period up by 5 points. But Roanne went on a 22:16 run in the fourth stanza to snatch the victory. Joe Burton (201-F-90, college:... [read more]
Roanne - Chalon 91:90
Roanne narrowly defeated Chalon in the preseason clash. Arthur Rozenfeld (180-PG-95) stepped up with game-high 29 points to lead the winners. Chalon eked out a 27:26 lead after the opening quarter. Roanne denied the deficit and surged ahead for a 49:48 halftime advantage. Chalon regained the lead in the third term. They entered the final period up by 5 points. But Roanne went on a 22:16 run in the fourth stanza to snatch the victory. Joe Burton (201-F-90, college: Oregon St.) had 17 points, while Alexandre Gavrilovic (206-F-91, college: Towson) added 16 points for the winners. Cameron Clark (201-G/F-91, college: Oklahoma) responded with 25 points for Chalon. Lance Harris (195-G-84, college: Kansas St.) had 24 points in the loss.
Arrat Yerevan adds Smith to their roster, ex ASVEL - 16 hours ago
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Superleague 1 newcomer Arrat Yerevan added to their roster 30-year old American point guard Terry Smith (185-86, college: Mercyhurst). He played last season at ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket in French ProA. Smith managed to play in three leagues last year. In three ProA games he recorded 4.3ppg, 1.7rpg and 1.3apg. He also played 2 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he averaged 5.0ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.5apg. The other team Smith played that season for was Sakarya BSB in TBL. In 17 games he had ver... [read more]
Superleague 1 newcomer Arrat Yerevan added to their roster 30-year old American point guard Terry Smith (185-86, college: Mercyhurst). He played last season at ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket in French ProA. Smith managed to play in three leagues last year. In three ProA games he recorded 4.3ppg, 1.7rpg and 1.3apg. He also played 2 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he averaged 5.0ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.5apg. The other team Smith played that season for was Sakarya BSB in TBL. In 17 games he had very impressive stats: 16.5ppg, 3.2rpg, 3.6apg and 1.4spg. He is quite experienced player. Smith has played also professionally in Bulgaria (Lukoil Academic Sofia and Rilski), Croatia, Germany (NVV Lions Monchengladbach), Switzerland (Monthey), Ukraine (Cherkasy) and Czech Republic (BK Kolin). He attended Mercyhurst College until 2008 and it will be his ninth season as a professional player.
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