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
Nando De Colo's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among French playing currently abroad: - 10 hours ago
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Here is the weekly review of the top performing French players, who play currently abroad. This week's number one is an international shooting guard Nando De Colo (196-87). He led CSKA to a victory over the closely-ranked Unics Kazan in the VTB United League in Monday night's game.
Here is the weekly review of the top performing French players, who play currently abroad.
#1. This week's number one is an international shooting guard Nando De Colo (196-87, currently plays in VTB United League). He led his Russian team CSKA to a victory over the closely-ranked Unics Kazan (10-3) 105-91 in the VTB United League in Monday night's game.
De Colo was MVP of the game. He had a double-double by scoring 17 points and making 11 passes. De Colo also added and 4 steals in 30 minutes on the court.
It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. CSKA Moscow (12-1) is placed first in the VTB United League.
It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row.
De Colo has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 20.0ppg, 2.7rpg, 6.2apg, 2.5spg, 2FGP: 71.1%(27-38), 3FGP: 42.9% and FT: 86.7% in six games he played so far.
De Colo is currently a member of the French senior national team.
#2. Second place goes to former U20 international power forward Guerschon Yabusele (201-95, currently plays in China). He was the main contributor in a Shanghai Sharks' victory against the fifth-ranked Liaoning Hunters (21-7) 100-96 in the Chinese CBA last Friday.
Yabusele was the best player in that game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 34 points and getting 15 rebounds. Yabusele also added 5 assists and 2 blocks.
Shanghai Dongfang Sharks (24-4) are placed first in the CBA.
It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row.
This season Yabusele has very high stats. He averages: 20.5ppg, 9.3rpg, 2.1apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 60.2%(147-244), 3FGP: 38.9% and FT: 68.1%.
Yabusele played for the French U20 national team in 2015.
#3. The French player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Rodrigue Beaubois (185-88, currently plays in Spain). He contributed to an easy victory against the 11th-ranked RETAbet BB (6-9) crushing them 84-63 in the Spanish Liga Endesa on Sunday night.
Beaubois was the top player that evening. He scored 21 points and added 3 assists in 27 minutes.
Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz (11-5) is placed fifth in the Liga Endesa.
It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row.
Beaubois has relatively good stats this year: 13.2ppg, 1.9rpg, 1.7apg, 2FGP: 65.4%(34-52), 3FGP: 32.7% and FT: 83.3% in 10 games.
He is also a member of the French senior national team.
#4. Power forward Adrien Moerman (202-88, currently plays in Euroleague) contributed to Darussafaka's victory against the fourth-ranked Baskonia (11-6) 98-89 in the Euroleague in Thursday night's game.
Moerman scored 15 points, grabbed 9 rebounds and dished 3 assists.
Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul (9-8) is placed seventh in group A.
Moerman's overall stats this season are: 9.1ppg, 5.4rpg and 1.3apg.
He is also French national team player.
#5. International guard Thomas Heurtel (189-89, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Euroleague) could not help Anadolu Efes (8-9) in their last game. Despite Heurtel's very good performance the ninth-placed Anadolu Efes (8-9) lost 81-92 on the road to the higher-ranked (#5) Panathinaikos in the group A of Euroleague.
He was the top scorer with 15 points. Heurtel also added 5 rebounds in 28 minutes.
This year Heurtel has relatively solid stats: 12.7ppg, 1.9rpg, 5.5apg and 1.1spg in 17 games.
He plays currently for the French national team.
#6. Center Rudy Gobert (216-92, currently plays in NBA) was the major contributor in an Utah Jazz's victory against the Orlando Magic (17-26) 114-107 in the NBA on Saturday night.
Gobert recorded a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting the same number of rebounds. He also added 2 blocks.
The Utah Jazz has a solid 27-16 record this season.
It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row.
This season Gobert has very high stats. He averages: 12.4ppg, 12.5rpg and 2.6bpg.
Gobert is an international player who is currently on the senior French National Team roster.
#7. International point guard Antoine Diot (193-89, currently plays in EuroCup) contributed to a Valencia Basket's victory against the closely-ranked Unicaja Malaga (2-1) 78-70 in the Eurocup last Wednesday.
He scored 9 points and added 7 assists.
It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Valencia Basket (3-0) is placed first in the Eurocup.
So far his team won all three games in the Second Stage.
There are only three games left until the end of the Eurocup Second Stage. So now every game will be critical.
Diot's overall stats this season are: 8.5ppg, 1.5rpg, 4.7apg and 1.3spg.
He is also French national team player.
#8. Guard Leo Westermann (197-92, also represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Lithuania) helped Zalgiris win their game against the seventh-ranked P.Zvaigzdes (8-11) 63-56 in the Lithuanian LKL on Monday night.
Westermann was the top player that evening. He recorded 12 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 26 minutes.
B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas (18-1) is placed first in the LKL.
It was his team's 18th consecutive victory in a row.
This year Westermann's overall stats are: 9.2ppg, 2.8rpg and 3.7apg in 17 games.
He used to play for the French national team
back in 2015.
#9. International small forward Nicolas Batum (203-88, currently plays in NBA) was not able to help the Charlotte Hornets (21-20) in their last game on Friday. Despite Batum's very good performance the Charlotte Hornets (21-20) were defeated 102-93 in Philadelphia by the 76ers.
He was the top scorer with 19 points. Batum also added 5 rebounds.
This season Batum has very high stats. He averages: 15.0ppg, 7.4rpg, 5.8apg and 1.2spg.
Batum is also in the roster of the French national team.
#10. Power forward Joakim Noah (211-85, college: Florida, currently plays in NBA) helped New York Knicks win their game against the Chicago Bulls (21-22) 104-89 in the NBA in Thursday night's game.
Noah had a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 15 rebounds in 27 minutes.
The New York Knicks have 18-24 record this season.
It's Noah's first year with the team.
This year his total stats are: 5.6ppg, 9.0rpg and 2.3apg in 38 games.
Noah is a naturalized American.
He is a former international player as six years ago he still played for the French senior national team.
Strangely Noah has never played in France.
#11. An experienced international point guard Tony Parker (188-82, currently plays in NBA) was not able to secure a victory for the San Antonio Spurs (32-9) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite his good performance the San Antonio Spurs were edged 109-107 in Milwaukee by the Bucks.
Parker was the second best scorer with 14 points. He also added 7 passes.
This season Parker has very high stats. He averages: 11.5ppg, 2.0rpg and 4.8apg.
Parker plays currently for the French national team.
#12. Former international shooting guard Edwin Jackson (190-89, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Movil Estudiantes in their game against Valencia Basket in the Spanish Liga Endesa, despite his very good performance on Sunday night.
He was the top scorer with 20 points. Jackson also added 4 assists in 28 minutes.
But his team lost 85-93.
He has very impressive stats this year: 21.7ppg, 4.0rpg, 3.1apg and 1.1spg in 16 games.
Jackson used to play for the French national team
back in 2015.
#13. International power forward Joffrey Lauvergne (210-91, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in NBA) couldn't help the Oklahoma City Thunder in their game against the Los Angeles Clippers in the NBA. Despite his very good performance in Monday night's game He was the second best scorer with 13 points. Lauvergne also added 9 rebounds.
He has averaged so far 5.3ppg and 3.5rpg.
Lauvergne is also French national team player.
#14. International shooting guard Fabien Causeur (195-87, currently plays in Euroleague) couldn't help Brose Baskets in their game against Unics Kazan in the Euroleague.
He scored 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 25 minutes.
His team lost 58-63.
Causeur has reliable stats this year: 10.3ppg, 3.0rpg and 2.3apg in 16 games.
He plays currently for the French national team.
#15. International power forward Boris Diaw (203-82, currently plays in NBA) is a teammate of previously mentioned Rudy Gobert. But that was another game of his team in NBA which we would like to mention.
Diaw helped Utah Jazz win their game against the Phoenix Suns 106-101.
He recorded 12 points and added 6 passes in 22 minutes.
Diaw has averaged so far 4.9ppg, 2.1rpg and 2.2apg in 34 games.
He is also in the roster of the French national team.
The list of other players, who all have French passport but never been selected to any of French national teams:
#1.Jordan Semple (201-F-92, college: Chico St., currently plays in Bulgaria) led Academik Plovdiv to a victory over the league outsider Levski (2-11) crushing them 91-58 in the Bulgarian NBL in Friday night's game.
He was the top player that evening. Semple had a double-double by scoring 25 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 2 blocks in 26 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Semple's second season in pro basketball. Akademik Bulteks 99 Plovdiv (8-4) is placed third in the NBL.
There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical.
It's Semple's first year with the team.
He has individually a very good season with high stats. Semple averages: 22.8ppg, 11.8rpg, 3.3apg, 1.6bpg and 2.0spg in 12 games he played so far.
He is a naturalized American.
Strangely Semple has never played in France.
#2.Elishay Kadir (202-PF-87, currently plays in Israel) could not help Maccabi Rishon (7-7) in their last game. Despite his good performance Maccabi Rishon was edged 71-69 on the road by the higher-ranked (#3) Bnei Hasharon.
Kadir had a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 14 rebounds. He also added 4 assists in 29 minutes.
It's Kadir's first season with the team.
This year Kadir's total stats are: 8.4ppg, 6.5rpg and 2.1apg in 13 games.
He has a dual citizenship: French and Israeli.
#3.Kim Tillie (210-PF-88, college: Utah, currently plays in Euroleague) was not able to help Baskonia in their game against Darussafaka (9-8) in the Euroleague. Despite his good performance on Thursday night Tillie scored 10 points.
Tillie's total stats this season are: 4.5ppg and 3.7rpg.
He is another player who holds two passports: Dutch and French.
#4.Mattia Udom (200-F-93, currently plays in Italy) contributed to an easy victory against the 14th-ranked Viola RC (6-11) crushing them 96-61 in the Italian Serie A2 (second division) on Sunday night.
Udom scored 10 points and grabbed 9 rebounds.
Angelico Biella (12-5) is placed second in West group.
It was his team's first victory after three consecutive loses.
Udom averaged so far 10.8ppg and 4.9rpg.
He has both French and Italian nationalities.
#5. Experienced Herve Lamizana (208-F/C-81, agency: Basket Management Solutions, college: Rutgers, currently plays in Taiwan) was the main contributor in a 3-point Yulon Luxgen's victory against the closely-ranked Taiwan Beer (13-9) 76-73 in the Taiwanese SBL last Saturday.
Lamizana was the top player that evening. He recorded a double-double by scoring 24 points and getting 11 rebounds. Lamizana also added 5 assists, 5 blocks and 3 steals.
It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Yulon Luxgen (14-8) is placed third in the SBL.
This season Lamizana has very high stats. He averages: 18.5ppg, 9.0rpg, 2.6apg, 2.8bpg and 1.6spg.
Lamizana also holds two passports: Ivorian and French.
#6.Roy Samaha (205-C-84, currently plays in Lebanon) managed to help Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut in a victory against the eighth-ranked Sagesse crushing them 109-79 in a derby game in the Lebanese Pepsi LBL on Sunday night.
He scored only 2 points in 10 minutes. It was his first game for Al Riyadi this season.
Samaha has French and Lebanese nationalities.
#7.Thomas Tshikaya (201-F-92, currently plays in NCAA2) was not able to secure a victory for the Angelo State University in their game against the West Texas A&M University in the NCAA2. Despite his very good performance in Thursday night's game He scored 19 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and dished 6 assists.
Tshikaya averaged so far 12.3ppg, 10.0rpg and 1.4bpg.
#8.Alexis Dargenton (203-F, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Utah St. in their game against the University of Wyoming in the NCAA.
He scored 9 points and grabbed 4 rebounds.
His team was defeated 95-87.
Dargenton has averaged so far 4.9ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.1apg.
#9.Marc Gosselin (201-F, currently studies in the States) couldn't help the W.Carolina in their game against the Virginia Military Institute in the NCAA. Despite his good performance last Thursday He recorded 11 points and grabbed 7 rebounds.
Gosselin has averaged so far 8.1ppg and 5.9rpg.
#10.Alfredo Ott (190-G-83, college: Dillard, currently plays in Spain) contributed to a Melilla Baloncesto's victory against the closely-ranked Araberri 80-72 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) on Friday night.
He scored 8 points in 19 minutes.
Ott has averaged so far 9.0ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.1apg and 1.9spg in 20 games.
He is a naturalized American.
Apparently Ott has never played in France.
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 - 2 days 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)
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