There were only 2 rounds played so far and it's still very beginning of the Regular Season in NM1. The round was exceptionally exciting as three games ended with a tiny margin.
Challans - Vichy 72-75 The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. JA Vichy made 20-of-24 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. Vendee Challans was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. American power forward Justin Reynolds (204-88, college: Texas A&M-CC) scored 16 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and point guard Rida El Amrani (180-86) chipped in 11 points and 5 assists during the contest. Four JA Vichy players scored in double figures. Forward Fabien Herard (198-79) responded with 22 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Johan Rathieuville (177-85) scored 8 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists. Top scorers: Vichy: J.Reynolds 16+8reb+1ast, B.Thomas 15+1reb+3ast, G.Pons 13+2reb+3ast, R.El Amrani 11+4reb+5ast, G.Lessort 9+4reb, Y.Smail 9+4reb Challans: F.Herard 22+6reb+4ast, B.Bakovic 14+4reb+1ast, M.Pilgrim 12+5reb+2ast, J.Rathieuville 8+5reb+9ast, N.Gouacide 6+1reb, S.Cherasse 4+1reb+1ast
Orchy - Sorgues 85-82 Sorgues was trailing by 4 points at halftime but managed to get 6-point lead after three quarters before a 22-13 charge of Orchesien BC, which allowed them to win the game. Orchesien BC outrebounded Sorgues 43-32 including a 18-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. Point guard Emilien Barbry (188-83) scored 5 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and center Julien Bestron (205-86) chipped in 12 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Orchesien BC's coach Philippe Namyst used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Center Xavier Pasut (200-84) responded with 16 points and 8 rebounds and point guard Arnaud Thinon (178-87) scored 16 points and 4 assists. Four Sorgues players scored in double figures. Top scorers: Orchy: A.Belkessa 16+2reb, R.Carter 15+3reb, J.Bestron 12+7reb+1ast, J.Verbeke 10+4reb+2ast, R.Brocheray 9+5reb+2ast, D.Petrovic 9+3reb Sorgues: R.Zamroz 16+1reb+4ast, A.Thinon 16+4reb+4ast, X.Pasut 16+8reb, Q.Hankins-Cole 13+7reb+1ast, J.Doreau 11+2reb+2ast, C.Mansare 9+7reb
Souffel - Rennes 78-57 The game was mostly controlled by Souffelweyersheim. Union Rennes was better in second period 18-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Souffelweyersheim shot 22 for 32 from the free-throw line, while Union Rennes only scored four points from the stripe. They outrebounded Union Rennes 40-26 including a 27-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. Souffelweyersheim players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Union Rennes was plagued by 30 personal fouls down the stretch. Senegalese power forward Abdoulaye N'Diaye (210-84, college: USC) notched a double-double by scoring 16 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and naturalized Chadian forward Jacques Alingue (201-88) supported him with 19 points and 9 rebounds. Even 18 points by forward Olivier Lamothe (201-79) did not help to save the game for Union Rennes. Senegalese guard El Kabir Pene (190-84) added 12 points for the guests. Top scorers: Souffel: J.Alingue 19+9reb, A.N'Diaye 16+12reb+4ast, J.Tschamber 10+4reb+2ast, J.Bach 9+3reb+3ast, M.M'Bodji 7+2reb+4ast, F.Broliron 7+2reb+1ast Rennes: O.Lamothe 18+2reb, E.Kabir Pene 12+1reb+1ast, K.Kittar 8+4reb+1ast, S.Ben Driss 7+4reb+1ast, B.M'Poy 5+2reb+1ast, J.Dessart 3+1ast
Rueil - La Rochelle 76-63 The hosts trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 76-63. Rueil forced 20 La Rochelle turnovers and outrebounded them 39-28 including 28 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was swingman Dominique Gentil (195-88) who scored 21 points and 5 rebounds. Center Moise Diame (205-86) chipped in a double-double by scoring 11 points and 11 rebounds. Four Rueil players scored in double figures. American forward Jarryd Cole (204-88, college: Iowa, agency: JEMsports) produced 18 points and 6 rebounds and naturalized Madagascar swingman Amy M'Boma (199-83) added 14 points, 5 assists and 4 steals respectively for the guests. Top scorers: Rueil: D.Gentil 21+5reb+1ast, S.Dubois 13+2reb+2ast, M.Diame 11+11reb, A.Desespringalle 10+5reb+2ast, I.Saounera 9+3reb+5ast, G.Mdivani 8+8reb+1ast La Rochelle: J.Cole 18+6reb, A.M'Boma 14+2reb+5ast, H.Jannel 8+8reb, P.Bonnelalbay 7+3reb, J.Dalmat 6+2reb+1ast, S.Soliman 5+3reb
Cognac - CFBB 71-57 The game was mostly controlled by Cognac. CFBB was better in third quarter 20-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Center Miguel Buval (208-90) had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Serbian forward Dejan Sencanski (198-84, college: Abil.Christian) chipped in 11 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Four Cognac players scored in double figures. Damien Inglis (203-95) responded with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists and guard Charly Pontens (189-95) scored 12 points. Cognac (1-0) left bottom position moving up to third place, which they share with Rueil and Orchy. Top scorers: Cognac: M.Buval 21+12reb+1ast, J.Ludon 12+3reb+1ast, D.Sencanski 11+6reb+1ast, C.Bertorelle 10+3reb+1ast, S.Doucoure 6+3reb+2ast, V.Mouillard 6+1reb+5ast CFBB: D.Inglis 16+11reb+6ast, C.Pontens 12+3reb, P.Rigot 8+3reb+1ast, L.Dussoulier 6+1reb+2ast, Y.Smock 6+7reb, O.Yao-Delon 3+1reb+2ast
Quimper - Chartres 49-69 The game without a history. Chartres led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Quimper UJAP to just 7 points in fourth quarter. Forward Guillaume Merie (198-83) orchestrated the victory by scoring 17 points and 9 rebounds. Guard Adrien Boivin (185-91) contributed with 6 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists for the winners. Nigerian forward Corey Raji (198-88, college: Boston Coll., agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) replied with 10 points and 6 rebounds and Spanish point guard Carlos Cherry (184-79, agency: Global Sports Plaza) added 10 points in the effort for Quimper UJAP. Top scorers: Chartres: G.Merie 17+9reb+3ast, L.Avramovic 14+5reb+3ast, M.Vasic 11+2reb, A.Boivin 6+7reb+9ast, A.Hergott 6+3reb+1ast, A.Barakaou 6+2reb Quimper: C.Raji 10+6reb+2ast, C.Cherry 10+4reb+3ast, F.Thibedore 8+2reb+1ast, O.Kolb 7+6reb, E.Plateau 5+3reb+3ast, R.Gregoire 4+2reb+1ast
Blois - Angers BC 49 69-66 The hosts trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 33-26 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Blois outrebounded Angers BC 49 41-26 including a 15-2 advantage in offensive rebounds. Finnish forward Ville Kaunisto (205-82) scored 7 points and 21 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and guard Gary Staelens (189-84) chipped in 25 points during the contest. American forward Anthony Hill (204-88, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) responded with 19 points and Icelandic Logi Gunnarsson (192-81) scored 11 points and 6 rebounds. Four Angers BC 49 players scored in double figures. Angers BC 49's coach Vincent Lavandier rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Blois (2-0) keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Souffel. Top scorers: Blois: G.Staelens 25+3reb, P.Brochard 11+1reb+2ast, M.Sy 7+4reb+2ast, V.Kaunisto 7+21reb+3ast, D.Davis 6+2reb+2ast, K.Morlende 5+1reb Angers BC 49: A.Hill 19+4reb+2ast, L.Gunnarsson 11+6reb+2ast, P.Drouault 11+2reb+3ast, S.Traore 10+3reb+2ast, M.Chupin 4+4reb, T.Lonzieme 3+1reb
Angers Etoile d'Or St-Leonard lands Ahmed Fellah - May 22, 2013
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Angers Etoile d'Or St-Leonard (NM2) tabbed 32-year old naturalized Algerian point guard Ahmed Fellah (180-81). He started the season at Angers BC 49 (NM1). In 26 games he averaged 5.6ppg, 3.2rpg, 5 [read more]
Angers Etoile d'Or St-Leonard (NM2) tabbed 32-year old naturalized Algerian point guard Ahmed Fellah (180-81). He started the season at Angers BC 49 (NM1). In 26 games he averaged 5.6ppg, 3.2rpg, 5.1apg and 1.3spg this season. The last season Fellah played also at Angers BC 49 (NM1). In 24 games he had 4.2ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.8apg and 1.0spg. Among other achievements he won French NM1 championship title in 2011. Fellah was selected to French ProA All-Star Game back in 2007. He represented France at the Pan Arab Games eight years ago. Fellah has played previously for six other France teams: Cholet, Besancon, Saint-Etienne, Bordeaux, JSF Nanterre and Entente Orleans 45.
32-year old American center Ian Caskill (207-111kg-81, college: JMU) left Cognac BB (NM1). In 18 games he recorded 11.3ppg, 7.0rpg and 1.7apg this season. Caskill played there also last season. In 30 NM1 games he averaged 12.7ppg, 9.4rpg (#4 in the league), 2.2apg, 1.1spg and 1.3bpg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was selected Eurobasket.com All-French NM1 Import Player of the Year, Center of the Year and voted to 1st Team. He won French NM2 Group B championship title in 2011 [read more]
32-year old American center Ian Caskill (207-111kg-81, college: JMU) left Cognac BB (NM1). In 18 games he recorded 11.3ppg, 7.0rpg and 1.7apg this season. Caskill played there also last season. In 30 NM1 games he averaged 12.7ppg, 9.4rpg (#4 in the league), 2.2apg, 1.1spg and 1.3bpg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was selected Eurobasket.com All-French NM1 Import Player of the Year, Center of the Year and voted to 1st Team. He won French NM2 Group B championship title in 2011. Caskill has played also professionally in Austria, Holland (Zwolle) and France (Cholet, Saint-Quentin, Blois, GET Vosges and Valence). He attended James Madison University until 2003 and it is his tenth season as a professional player.
ProA Round 1 of Semi-Finals. Strasbourg and Nanterre claim first victories - May 21, 2013
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Strasbourg - ASVEL 74-66
Strasbourg rallied past ASVEL to take 1-0 lead in the semifinal series. The hosts were ahead by 6 points but lost the second period ending it with a 5-point deficit before their 26-13 run, which allowed them to win the game. American Jason Siggers (188-85, college: Albany) stepped up and scored 11 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and his fellow American import forward John Shurna (205-90, college: Northwestern, agency: Priority Sports) chipped in 16 points [read more]
Strasbourg rallied past ASVEL to take 1-0 lead in the semifinal series. The hosts were ahead by 6 points but lost the second period ending it with a 5-point deficit before their 26-13 run, which allowed them to win the game. American Jason Siggers (188-85, college: Albany) stepped up and scored 11 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and his fellow American import forward John Shurna (205-90, college: Northwestern, agency: Priority Sports) chipped in 16 points. At the losing side the former international guard Edwin Jackson (191-89) responded with 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and naturalized Mali forward Amara Sy (202-81) scored 14 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Top scorers: Strasbourg: J.Shurna 16+3reb+1ast, A.Ajinca 14+4reb, J.Siggers 11+7reb+3ast, R.Greer 8+8reb+1ast, L.Campbell 7+3reb+3ast, R.Duport 5+3reb ASVEL: E.Jackson 15+5reb+4ast, A.Sy 14+6reb+4ast, A.Acker 13+5reb+2ast, M.Thompson 9+1reb+3ast, U.Nsonwu-Amadi 5+2reb, L.Jean-Charles 5+1reb+1ast
Nanterre surprised Chalon away from home to pull ahead in the series. The guests trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 18-13 charge, which allowed them to win the game. JSF Nanterre shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 66.7 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. American players dominated the game. Worth to mention a great performance of swingman David Lighty (195-88, college: Ohio St.) who helped to win the game recording 25 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). Guard Trenton Meacham (188-85, college: Illinois) contributed with 11 points and 7 assists for the winners. Forward Shelden Williams (206-83, college: Duke) answered with 20 points (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) and swingman Blake Schilb (200-83, college: Loyola, IL) added 19 points and 4 assists in the effort for Chalon/Saor. Four Chalon/Saor players scored in double figures. Top scorers: Nanterre: D.Lighty 25+6reb+5ast, J.Passave-Ducteil 13+8reb, T.Meacham 11+3reb+7ast, S.Brun 9+2reb+3ast, J.Palacios 7+3reb+1ast, C.Warren 7+4ast Chalon: S.Williams 20+4reb+3ast, B.Schilb 19+1reb+4ast, M.Denmon 12+4reb+1ast, K.Houston 10+2reb+5ast, J.Aboudou 8+6reb+2ast, S.Tchicamboud 5+2reb+8ast
Dijon: took 3rd place (2-4) in Group D of the Regular Season
Gravelines: took 1st place (4-2) in Group G of the Regular Season, took 1st
place (5-1) in Group J of the Top16, lost to Krasnye Krylia (RUS) 78-81 in the
Semifinals, lost to EWE Basket (GER) 76-84 in the 3rd place game
Nancy: took 3rd place (3-3) in Group G of the Regular Season
Paris-Levallois: took 1st place (4-2) in Group E of the Regular Season, took
2nd place (4-2) in Group J of the Top16, lost to Karsiyaka (TUR) 1-2 in the
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