There were only 2 rounds played so far and it's still very beginning of the Regular Season in ProB.
Boulogne - St Vallier 94-87 OT The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Saint Vallier won third quarter 20-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening, at least not yet. The game turned upside-down in the last quarter, where Saint Vallier used huge pressure winning it 20-11 getting a tie at the end of regular time. They lost eventually overtime period 5-12. SO Maritime Boulogne made 22-of-27 free shots (81.5 percent) during the game. They also forced 28 Saint Vallier turnovers. SO Maritime Boulogne looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. American forward Ken Horton (199-89, college: Cent.Conn.St.) had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import swingman Chris McCray (196-84, college: Maryland) chipped in 19 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!) during the contest. American-Ivorian guard Errick Craven (188-83, college: USC) responded with 21 points, 9 assists and 4 steals and guard Jonathan Hoyaux (192-88) scored 19 points and 6 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Top scorers: Boulogne: K.Horton 21+11reb+1ast, M.Le Pellec 21+5reb+2ast, C.McCray 19+5reb+6ast, Z.Bah 16+1reb+8ast, M.Jaiteh 7+5reb, V.Bigote 5+2reb+4ast St Vallier: E.Craven 21+3reb+9ast, J.Hoyaux 19+6reb+1ast, F.Tortosa 15+3reb+2ast, C.Rouse 13+8reb, H.Disy 10+2reb, I.Koma 9+5reb+3ast
Hyeres-Toulon - Charleville 66-80 The guests trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 80-66. Charleville-Mezieres outrebounded Hyeres-Toulon 36-23 including a 29-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American-British power forward Tafari Toney (203-86, agency: JEMsports) who had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds. American forward Patrick Sanders (198-85, college: Cal-Irvine, agency: JEMsports) chipped in 16 points. American guard Corey McIntosh (183-85, college: Iowa St., agency: Court Side) produced 20 points, 6 assists and 4 steals (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) and his fellow American import power forward Terence Dials (206-83, college: Ohio St.) added 10 points and 9 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Five Charleville-Mezieres and four Hyeres-Toulon players scored in double figures. Top scorers: Charleville: P.Sanders 16+4reb+3ast, T.Toney 15+12reb+1ast, F.Calvez 11+3reb+2ast, V.Pridotkas 10+6reb, N.Racon 10+2reb+1ast, A.Racine 9+3reb Hyeres-Toulon: C.McIntosh 20+2reb+6ast, J.Newson 14+3reb+2ast, A.Julien 11+6reb+3ast, T.Dials 10+9reb+2ast, B.Niang 6+2reb, G.Radonjic 5
Bordeaux - Bourg 60-76 The game was mostly controlled by JL Bourg. Bordeaux was better in fourth quarter 16-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great shooting night for JL Bourg especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 66.7 percentage. The best player for the winners was Gambian forward Moses Sonko (197-83, college: Co.Carolina, agency: Two Points) who scored 17 points and 7 rebounds. American power forward David Monds (205-83, college: Oklahoma St.) chipped in 17 points and 5 rebounds. point guard Gauthier Darrigand (184-82) produced 13 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists and American power forward Thomas Coleman (205-88, college: N.Carolina A&T) added 10 points and 10 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Top scorers: Bourg: D.Monds 17+5reb+1ast, M.Sonko 17+7reb+2ast, P.Braud 16+1ast, L.Williams 11+7reb+3ast, S.Dumas 5+3ast, A.Gomis 5+4reb+1ast Bordeaux: M.Humphrey 16+1reb+1ast, G.Darrigand 13+5reb+7ast, N.Carter 12+4reb+1ast, T.Coleman 10+10reb, K.Thalien 3, M.Guichard 2+2reb+1ast
Pau-Lacq-Orthez - Maurienne 84-72 The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 84-72. Pau-Lacq-Orthez forced 20 Aix-Maurienne turnovers. The best player for the winners was American forward Brian Boddicker (204-81, college: Texas) who scored 14 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. David Denave (195-85) chipped in 18 points and 5 assists (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). Four Pau-Lacq-Orthez players scored in double figures. Pau-Lacq-Orthez's coach Claude Bergeaud used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American Wilbert Brown (200-84, college: Niagara, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) produced 27 points and 8 rebounds and his fellow American import power forward Erroyl Bing (198-82, college: E.Carolina) added 12 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the guests. Top scorers: Pau-Lacq-Orthez: D.Denave 18+2reb+5ast, A.Mendy 16+4reb, B.Boddicker 14+8reb+4ast, C.Jackson 12+10reb+1ast, R.Lesca 10+1ast, I.Ordin 5+3reb+4ast Maurienne: W.Brown 27+8reb, E.Bing 12+7reb+2ast, S.Darnauzan 10+3reb+3ast, W.Chism 9+8reb+2ast, G.Clerc 7+2ast, J.Ekanga-Ehawa 5+4reb
Fos Ouest - Le Portel 77-79 The guests were already 11 points ahead at halftime and as many as 12 after three quarters before a 22-12 last quarter charge of Fos Ouest cut the lead to 79-77 at the end of the game. Jamaican-American Sherman Gay (201-82, college: Loyola Mary) notched 16 points and 9 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and guard Benoit Mangin (198-88) supported him with 18 points. Four Le Portel players scored in double figures. Le Portel's coach Eric Girard allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Even 21 points and 6 rebounds by American swingman Chris Davis (195-80, college: N.Texas, agency: Court Side) did not help to save the game for Fos Ouest. His fellow American import power forward John Williamson (199-86, college: Cincinnati) added 21 points for the hosts. Top scorers: Le Portel: B.Mangin 18+4reb+2ast, S.Gay 16+9reb, R.Taylor 15+3reb+6ast, D.Wilson 10+4reb+2ast, M.N'Diaye 8+6reb, C.Bronchard 7+3reb+1ast Fos Ouest: J.Williamson 21+4reb+1ast, C.Davis 21+6reb+2ast, M.Dia 17+4reb+1ast, L.Cummard 7+8reb, E.Choquet 5+3reb+2ast, P.Haquet 3+3ast
Evreux - Chalons-Reims 70-56 The game was mostly controlled by ALM Evreux. Chalons-Reims was better in second period 10-8. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. ALM Evreux forced 20 Chalons-Reims turnovers. Chalons-Reims was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American power forward Jeremiah Wood (200-85, agency: Court Side) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. Steeve Ho You Fat (203-88) contributed with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Four ALM Evreux players scored in double figures. American forward Tyren Johnson (202-88, college: La-Lafayette) replied with 21 points and 7 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Justin Burrell (206-88, college: St.John's) added 10 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Chalons-Reims. Top scorers: Evreux: J.Wood 14+10reb+5ast, L.Konate 13+4reb+3ast, C.Hannah 13+1reb+4ast, S.Ho You Fat 12+10reb+1ast, G.Costentin 7+4reb+2ast, L.Sambe 7+1ast Chalons-Reims: T.Johnson 21+7reb+2ast, J.Burrell 10+6reb, P.Poupet 6+4reb, K.Joss-Rauze 5+1reb+1ast, R.Mels 4+4reb+3ast, B.Mullins 4+4reb+1ast
St Quentin - Nantes 86-92 The guests trailed by 11 points at the halftime before their 54-37 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Nantes looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The best player for the winners was American power forward James Mathis (200-84, college: Niagara, agency: Court Side) who had a double-double by scoring 15 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists. Senegalese forward Elson Mendy (200-85) chipped in 18 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Nantes' coach Guillaume Quintard used a ten-player rotation saving starting five for next games. American Darnell Williams (202-78, college: San Jose St., agency: David Lee services) produced 18 points and 9 rebounds and power forward Julien Lesieu (201-83) added 11 points and 10 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Top scorers: Nantes: E.Mendy 18+4reb+2ast, J.Mathis 15+15reb+4ast, N.Gayon 13+3reb+2ast, L.Corbett 13, T.Henry 12+7reb+4ast, K.Idomenee 7+1ast St Quentin: D.Williams 18+9reb+3ast, J.Ball 14+2reb+5ast, J.Lesieu 11+10reb+1ast, A.Rambur 10+3reb, O.Romain 9+1ast, A.Saaka 8+2reb+2ast
Antibes - Lille 82-61 The game was mostly controlled by Olympique Antibes. Lille Metropole was better in second period 21-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Olympique Antibes dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Lille Metropole's 42. The best player for the winners was naturalized Senegalese center Moussa Badiane (205-81, college: E.Carolina) who had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). American forward Tim Blue (205-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) chipped in 16 points and 9 rebounds. American Steve Smith (200-81, college: Iona) produced 13 points and 9 rebounds and his fellow American import Jason Siggers (188-85, college: Albany) added 12 points and 5 assists respectively for the guests. Top scorers: Antibes: M.Badiane 18+12reb+1ast, T.Blue 16+9reb+2ast, S.Fein 12, A.Hilliard 11+5reb+4ast, L.Bengaber 9+2reb, B.Monclar 8+4reb+1ast Lille: S.Bradford 13+5reb, S.Smith 13+9reb, J.Siggers 12+4reb+5ast, M.Tensorer 6+2reb+1ast, B.Gillet 5+1reb+3ast, J.MBida 4+4reb
Rouen - Denain 104-81 The game without a history. SPO Rouen led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot the lights out from three sinking 15 long-distance shots on high 53.6 percentage. SPO Rouen looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists. The best player for the winners was American forward Wendell McKines (198-88, college: N.Mexico St.) who had a double-double by scoring 26 points and 11 rebounds. The other American import guard O'Darien Bassett (191-86, college: Troy) chipped in a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 assists. Spanish center Rafael Lopez (204-86) produced 16 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) and American forward John Flowers (200-89, college: W.Virginia, agency: KMG Sports Management) added 21 points respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Top scorers: Rouen: W.McKines 26+11reb+1ast, O.Bassett 17+4reb+11ast, G.Chathuant 13+5reb+1ast, M.Diarra 12+2reb, P.Da Silva 10+1reb+8ast, F.Ateba 9+2reb+4ast Denain: J.Flowers 21+4reb, L.Humphrey 17+1reb+1ast, R.Lopez 16+6reb+4ast, M.Kitts 10+6reb+1ast, C.Cavallo 8+3reb+1ast, A.Liorel 4+2reb+6ast
Chorale de Roanne Basket (ProB) agreed terms with experienced 38-year old Mali ex-international power forward Sambou Traore (198-98kg-79) from Hermine Nantes Atlantique. In 31 ProB games he had 5.1ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.3apg last season. The most of previous (2014-15) season Traore spent at Provence Basket where in 18 ProB games he recorded 8.1ppg, 4.4rpg and 1.1apg. He also played that season for ALM Evreux. In 13 ProB games he averaged 6.3ppg, 5.2rpg and 1.3apg. Traore won French ProB champi... [read more]
Chorale de Roanne Basket (ProB) agreed terms with experienced 38-year old Mali ex-international power forward Sambou Traore (198-98kg-79) from Hermine Nantes Atlantique. In 31 ProB games he had 5.1ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.3apg last season. The most of previous (2014-15) season Traore spent at Provence Basket where in 18 ProB games he recorded 8.1ppg, 4.4rpg and 1.1apg. He also played that season for ALM Evreux. In 13 ProB games he averaged 6.3ppg, 5.2rpg and 1.3apg. Traore won French ProB championship title in 2012. He also represented Mali at the African Championships in Libya eight years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 5.6ppg, 3.9rpg, FGP: 47.1%, 3PT: 20.0%, FT: 57.1%. Traore has spent his entire career in France playing for eight other teams: Olympique Antibes, JDA Dijon, Mulhouse Basket, Chalons-Reims, GET Vosges, SPO Rouen, Stade Clermont and Boulazac Basket. Traore is close to retirement age as a player. It's very possible he may end his playing career at Roanne.
Walter Hodge claims French ProA weekly honour - 1 day ago
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Experienced U.S. Virgin Islands-Puerto Rican Walter Hodge (183-PG-86) had an amazing evening in the last round for ASVEL and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 16. The 30-year old playmaker got a double-double of 21 points and eleven assists, while his team beat Nancy (#18, 3-13) 84-71. Thanks to this victory ASVEL moved-up to the 8th position in French ProA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. ASVEL... [read more]
Experienced U.S. Virgin Islands-Puerto Rican Walter Hodge (183-PG-86) had an amazing evening in the last round for ASVEL and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 16. The 30-year old playmaker got a double-double of 21 points and eleven assists, while his team beat Nancy (#18, 3-13) 84-71. Thanks to this victory ASVEL moved-up to the 8th position in French ProA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. ASVEL will need more victories to improve their 9-7 record. In the team's last game Hodge had a remarkable 71.4% from 2-point range. He turned to be ASVEL's top player in his first season with the team. University of Florida graduate has very impressive stats this year. Hodge is in league's top in assists (3rd best: 6.6apg) and averages solid 55.4% FGP.
The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 32-year old Spanish guard Alex Urtasun (193-G-84) of Nancy. Urtasun impressed basketball fans with 23 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists. Bad luck as Nancy lost that game 71-84 to the higher-ranked ASVEL (#8, 9-7). Nancy are still at the very bottom. 13 lost games are too many comparing to just three victories Nancy managed to get this year. Urtasun is a newcomer at Nancy and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.
The third best performed player last round was American Justin Cobbs (191-G-91, agency: Pensack Sports) of Gravelines (#6). Cobbs scored 21 points and passed five assists. He was a key player of Gravelines, leading his team to a 89-71 easy win against the lower-ranked Le Portel (#11, 7-9). Gravelines needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 9 victories and 7 lost games. Cobbs has a great season in France. After 16 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 15.8ppg (7th best) and assists with 5.6apg (5th best).
Other top performing players last week: 4. Cameron Clark (201-G/F-91) of Chalon - 25 points and 6 rebounds 5. D.J. Cooper (183-PG-90) of Pau-Lacq-Orthez - 15 points, 8 rebounds and 13 assists 6. Myles Hesson (198-F-90) of Gravelines - 29 points and 7 rebounds 7. Justin Cobbs (191-G-91) of Gravelines - 12 points, 4 rebounds and 11 assists 8. Alain Koffi (207-C-83) of Pau-Lacq-Orthez - 17 points and 6 rebounds 9. Alex Young (198-G/F-89) of Chalons-Reims - 18 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists 10. Dario Hunt (206-F-89) of Nancy - 15 points and 10 rebounds
The Player of the week is chosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc. The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy. The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)
Champions League: Nymburk defeat visiting Monaco - 22 hours ago
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Nymburk - Monaco 76:66 Nymburk celebrated the 9th victory in Basketball Champions League Group A. They upended group's leaders Monaco to gain 9-4 record. Five players scored in double digits for the Czech champions. Nymburk rallied to an 18:13 lead at the first break. The hosts maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. The Czech team piled up a 40:29 halftime lead. Monaco however pulled closer in the third term. The French powerhouse narrowed the gap at 2-point mark heading int... [read more]
Nymburk - Monaco 76:66
Nymburk celebrated the 9th victory in Basketball Champions League Group A. They upended group's leaders Monaco to gain 9-4 record. Five players scored in double digits for the Czech champions. Nymburk rallied to an 18:13 lead at the first break. The hosts maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. The Czech team piled up a 40:29 halftime lead. Monaco however pulled closer in the third term. The French powerhouse narrowed the gap at 2-point mark heading into the fourth stanza. But Nymburk used a 24:16 run in the final term to ice the win. Bryon Allen (193-G-92, college: George Mason), Petr Benda (203-C-82) and Eugene Lawrence (184-PG-86, college: St.John's) chipped in 14 points each for the winners. Billy Ouattara (191-SG-92) responded with 19 points for Monaco. Dee Bost (188-PG-89, college: Mississippi St., agency: Three Eye Sports) banked in 16 points in the defeat.
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