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
Wen Boss Mukubu left Vichy Clermont - 10 hours ago
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33-year old Belgian international forward Wen Boss Mukubu (198-83, college: UAB) left Jean D'Arc Vichy Clermont Metropole (ProB). In two games in France he had just 2.0ppg, 2.0rpg and 2.0apg this season. The last season he played at Gravelines-Dunkerque (ProA) where in 36 games he recorded 4.2ppg and 1.8rpg. The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Mukubu was voted Eurobasket.com Belgian League All-Domestic Players Team back in 2013. He is a dual citizen owning also... [read more]
33-year old Belgian international forward Wen Boss Mukubu (198-83, college: UAB) left Jean D'Arc Vichy Clermont Metropole (ProB). In two games in France he had just 2.0ppg, 2.0rpg and 2.0apg this season. The last season he played at Gravelines-Dunkerque (ProA) where in 36 games he recorded 4.2ppg and 1.8rpg. The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Mukubu was voted Eurobasket.com Belgian League All-Domestic Players Team back in 2013. He is a dual citizen owning also DR Congolese passport. He represented Belgium at the European Championships last year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 1.2ppg. Mukubu is quite experienced player. He has played in four different countries on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). Mukubu has played previously professionally also in Italy (Benetton Treviso, The Flexx Pistoia, Bondi Ferrara and Sutor Montegranaro), Venezuela (Cocodrilos) and Belgium (Spirou Charleroi, VOO Verviers-Pepinster and Liege Basket) and France (Strasbourg IG and STB Le Havre). He attended University of Alabama at Birmingham until 2007 and it is his tenth season as a professional player. Mukubu could be described:
A solid swingman who plays with energy and aggressiveness. Defends hard and it's almost impossible to stop hime when he drives to the basket.
Watkins' double-double lands him Player of the Week award - 1 day ago
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32-year old center Darryl Watkins (211-C-84, agency: Inception Sports) had a very impressive game in the last round for ASVEL and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 5. He had a double-double of 14 points and 12 rebounds, while his team edged out Antibes (#5, 3-2) 74-70. ASVEL is placed at 11th position in French league. ASVEL is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 2-3 record. It's Watkins' second yea... [read more]
32-year old center Darryl Watkins (211-C-84, agency: Inception Sports) had a very impressive game in the last round for ASVEL and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 5. He had a double-double of 14 points and 12 rebounds, while his team edged out Antibes (#5, 3-2) 74-70. ASVEL is placed at 11th position in French league. ASVEL is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 2-3 record. It's Watkins' second year at ASVEL and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Darryl Watkins averages this season 9.8ppg and 7.0rpg.
Second best performed player last round was Franklin Hassell (203-F/C-88, agency: Inception Sports) of Le Portel. He is American forward in his first season at Le Portel. In the last game Hassell recorded impressive 22 points and 7 rebounds. Of course he led Le Portel to another comfortable win 75-62 over slightly lower-ranked Hyeres-Toulon (#16, 1-4) being unquestionably team leader. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Le Portel keeps 15th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 2-3 record. Hassell is a newcomer at Le Portel and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.0ppg (#5). He also registered 7.6 boards per game.
Third place about best performers goes to forward Tim Blue (205-PF-84) of Antibes (#5). Blue showcased his all-around game by recording 16 points, eight rebounds and four assists in the last round. Despite Blue's great performance Antibes lost 70-74 to the lower-ranked ASVEL (#11, 2-3). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Antibes needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 3 victories and 2 lost games. Blue has a great season in France. After only 5 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 15.4ppg (8th best) and assists with 6.4apg (6th best).
Other top performing players last week: 4. Alain Koffi (207-C-83) of Pau-Lacq-Orthez - 14 points, 14 rebounds and 3 assists 5. Angel Rodriguez (180-PG-92) of Cholet - 19 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists 6. Richard Solomon (208-F-92) of Gravelines - 12 points and 16 rebounds 7. William Buford (196-G-90) of Limoges - 23 points and 5 assists 8. Tyler Cain (203-F/C-88) of Chalons-Reims - 14 points and 6 rebounds 9. Jason Rich (191-G-86) of Paris-Levallois - 19 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists 10. David Holston (168-PG-86) of Dijon - 18 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists
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)
Angel Nunez (ex Ploiesti) agreed terms with Cholet - 1 day ago
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Cholet Basket (ProA) strengthened their roster with addition of 25-year old American (has also Dominican passport) forward Angel Nunez (203-92kg-91, college: S.Florida). He was about to sign at CSU Asesoft Ploiesti in Romania Liga Nationala. Nunez just graduated from University of South Florida and it is his first season in pro basketball. Among other achievements his college team won WCC Tournament for two years in a row (2014 and 2015). Nunez represented USA at the Centrobasket in Panam... [read more]
Cholet Basket (ProA) strengthened their roster with addition of 25-year old American (has also Dominican passport) forward Angel Nunez (203-92kg-91, college: S.Florida). He was about to sign at CSU Asesoft Ploiesti in Romania Liga Nationala. Nunez just graduated from University of South Florida and it is his first season in pro basketball. Among other achievements his college team won WCC Tournament for two years in a row (2014 and 2015). Nunez represented USA at the Centrobasket in Panama City (Panama) this year. His team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 4 games: 0pts, 1.3rpg.
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