Rennes - St Chamond 79-78 The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Saint Chamond won third quarter 21-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Union Rennes dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Saint Chamond's 26. They outrebounded Saint Chamond 36-25 including a 16-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Bernard M'Poy (197-F-87) who helped to win the game recording 22 points. Senegalese guard El Kabir Pene (190-84) contributed with 19 points for the winners. point guard Romain Tillon (180-82, agency: ACMT) answered with 20 points and 4 assists and naturalized DR Congolese guard Jean-Paul Landu-Bongo (187-85) added 17 points in the effort for Saint Chamond. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Top scorers: Rennes: B.M'Poy 22+3reb+1ast, E.Kabir Pene 19+2reb+3ast, O.Lamothe 10+4reb+2ast, S.Ben Driss 10+7reb, K.Kittar 8+2reb+1ast, E.Esneu Doguet 4+3reb St Chamond: R.Tillon 20+3reb+4ast, J.Landu-Bongo 17+3reb+2ast, I.Bankevics 12+3reb+3ast, B.Rey 10+3reb+1ast, R.Jacon 8+1reb+1ast, M.Ledoux 6
Chartres - Souffel 57-60 The guests were already 16 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 26-13 Chartres' run in the last quarter cut the lead to 60-57 at the end of the game.
Blois - Challans 76-71 Challans was ahead by 6 points after three quarters before a 25-14 charge of Blois, which allowed them to win the game. They brought some defensive toughness making 11 blocks. Finnish forward Ville Kaunisto (205-F-82) (205-82) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 15 rebounds for the winners and American forward Daviin Davis (193-85, college: Weber St.) chipped in 15 points, 5 rebounds and 6 blocks. At the losing side American forward Matthew Pilgrim (203-87, college: Oklahoma St., agency: KMG Sports Management) responded with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Fabien Herard (198-79) scored 16 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Top scorers: Blois: V.Kaunisto 20+15reb+1ast, D.Davis 15+5reb+2ast, J.Tornato 12+4reb+2ast, G.Staelens 10+2reb+5ast, G.Tacita 9+2reb+1ast, P.Brochard 7+5ast Challans: F.Herard 16+8reb+5ast, M.Pilgrim 16+11reb+4ast, N.Gouacide 12+6reb, J.Rathieuville 12+1reb+6ast, S.Cherasse 4+1reb+4ast, R.Medenouvo 4+1reb
La Rochelle - Vichy 73-66 The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 35-27 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. It was a very good performance for guard Faycal Sahraoui (188-79) who helped to win the game recording 13 points. British forward Andrew Thomson (205-84, college: Catawba, agency: JEMsports) contributed with 9 points for the winners. Forward Yohann Smail (198-90) answered with 14 points and swingman Guillaume Pons (198-79) added 12 points in the effort for JA Vichy. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Top scorers: La Rochelle: F.Sahraoui 13+1reb+1ast, P.Bonnelalbay 11+1reb, J.Dalmat 9+2ast, A.Thomson 9+4reb, J.Cole 8+1ast, S.Soliman 7+1ast Vichy: Y.Smail 14+1reb, G.Pons 12+2reb, B.Thomas 9+2ast, R.El Amrani 9+1ast, G.Lessort 8, O.Da Silveira 7
Sorgues - Quimper 90-96 OT The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 16-13 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in overtime eventually winning that period 16-10. Strangely Sorgues outrebounded Quimper UJAP 48-34 including 35 on the defensive glass. Swingman Florian Thibedore (193-90) nailed 26 points and 9 rebounds (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winning side and Spanish point guard Carlos Cherry (184-79, agency: Global Sports Plaza) accounted for 17 points, 7 rebounds and 10 assists. American Quincy Hankins-Cole (203-90) came up with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 13 rebounds and point guard Arnaud Thinon (178-87) added 19 points respectively for Sorgues in the defeat. Top scorers: Quimper: F.Thibedore 26+9reb+3ast, C.Cherry 17+7reb+10ast, C.Raji 14+4reb, W.Molas 12+7reb, J.Moupegnou 10+1reb, E.Plateau 8+3reb+2ast Sorgues: Q.Hankins-Cole 20+13reb, A.Thinon 19+3reb+2ast, R.Zamroz 15+3reb+1ast, C.Mansare 12+7reb+3ast, X.Pasut 10+9reb, P.Clerence 7+6reb
Angers BC 49 - Monaco 80-76 The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 24-15. But Monaco won third quarter 27-5. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Angers BC 49 looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Quite impressive performance for Icelandic Logi Gunnarsson (192-81) who helped to win the game recording 26 points. Naturalized Algerian point guard Ahmed Fellah (180-81) contributed with 13 points and 9 assists for the winners. Angers BC 49's coach Vincent Lavandier used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American forward Travarus Bennett (202-79, college: Minnesota) answered with 16 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and guard Anthony Christophe (190-83) added 10 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists in the effort for Monaco. Top scorers: Angers BC 49: L.Gunnarsson 26+4reb+3ast, A.Fellah 13+4reb+9ast, A.Hill 12+8reb, S.Traore 9+10reb+2ast, P.Drouault 6+5reb, M.Chupin 6+7reb+1ast Monaco: O.Bardet 17+4reb+2ast, T.Bennett 16+7reb+5ast, M.Labeyrie-Hafsi 16+6reb+2ast, A.Christophe 10+9reb+7ast, S.Marco 5+5reb+1ast, N.Calasan 5+8reb+2ast
Union Poitiers Basket 86 (ProB) tabbed swingman Sekou Omar Doumbouya (200). He has played for the last two years at Centre Federal du Basket-Ball in the NM1. In 30 games he averaged 10.2ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.3apg and 1.4spg last season. Doumbouya is a member of French U18 National Team. Union Poitiers Basket 86 roster for 2016-2017: Guards: Arnaud Thinon Drake Reed Steve McWhorter Johann Garbin Forwards: Pierre-Yves Guillard Christophe Leonard Mike Joseph Sekou Omar Doumbouya Centers: Simon... [read more]
Hapoel Eilat (Winner League) confirmed in their roster experienced 35-year old Israeli international point guard Afik Nissim (185-81kg-81). He is a dual citizen owning also French passport. Nissim has played there for the last four seasons. In 37 Winner League games he recorded 9.4ppg, 1.3rpg and 4.0apg last season. Nissim helped them to make it to the cup final and to the league semifinals. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Israeli League All-Star Game and to the... [read more]
Hapoel Eilat (Winner League) confirmed in their roster experienced 35-year old Israeli international point guard Afik Nissim (185-81kg-81). He is a dual citizen owning also French passport. Nissim has played there for the last four seasons. In 37 Winner League games he recorded 9.4ppg, 1.3rpg and 4.0apg last season. Nissim helped them to make it to the cup final and to the league semifinals. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Israeli League All-Star Game and to the All-Star Game 3-Point Shootout. The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he played in the final of Israeli Premier League in 2015. Nissim was also voted Eurobasket.com Israeli League All-Domestic Players Team in 2014. He has been also a member of Israeli international program for some years. Nissim has regularly played for Israeli senior team since 2001 and previously for U21 National Team back in 2001. He represented Israel at the Qualifications to European Championships 2015 two years ago. Nissim is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Italy (CZG Veroli), Russia (Enisey), Slovenia (Krka), Ukraine (BC Kyiv), France (Strasbourg IG), Israel (Maccabi Rishon and Hasharon) and Czech Republic (CEZ Nymburk). It's very possible he may end his playing career at Hapoel Eilat. On Nissim:
Great scorer. Can play both guards positions. Excellent outside shooter. Can shoot from anywhere. Good ballhandler. Good passer. Tends to do more than he can. Has good work ethic.
ALM Evreux Basket (ProB) tabbed 31-year old Cameroonian ex-international forward Gaston Moliva (202-109kg-85, college: Richmond, agency: Promotex). He played most recently at CRA Hoceima in Moroccan D1 league. He helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. The previous (14-15) season Moliva played at SKP Banska Bystrica in SBL where in 28 games he averaged 7.7ppg, 6.1rpg and 1.2apg. He contributed to his team making it to the Slovakian Cup Semi... [read more]
ALM Evreux Basket (ProB) tabbed 31-year old Cameroonian ex-international forward Gaston Moliva (202-109kg-85, college: Richmond, agency: Promotex). He played most recently at CRA Hoceima in Moroccan D1 league. He helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. The previous (14-15) season Moliva played at SKP Banska Bystrica in SBL where in 28 games he averaged 7.7ppg, 6.1rpg and 1.2apg. He contributed to his team making it to the Slovakian Cup Semifinals. Among other achievements Moliva received Asia-Basket.com All-Qatari D1 Honorable Mention award back in 2013. He was a member of Cameroonian Senior National Team back in 2011. Moliva has played previously professionally in Japan (Chiba Jets) and Qatar (Qatar Sports Club). He attended University of Richmond until 2008 and it will be his ninth season in pro basketball. Let's have closer look into Moliva's outlook:
By being one of the top shot blocker wherever he played since high school, Gaston Moliva has shown his infinite shot blocking skills and proven he is a great defender. Although he is an outstanding shot blocker, it is his overall strength and agility to control the pain both offensively and defensively that is so impressive. Gaston is one of the most professional and hardworking prospects on the market. As a professional, he consistently recorded doubles doubles and his performances have led his previous team to several finals for his career as a professional, he has shown to have all the work ethics and the leadership qualities you would want in a player.However, free throws remain an area that need some improvement.
Important stats as a professional:
Highest points scored: 42 points (2010), Qatar Sports Club against Wakrah Sports Club,
Highest rebounds: 18 (2013)
Highest blocks:9 (2009).
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