Center Jonathan Tornato (210-C-89) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for top-ranked Blois, receiving a Eurobasket.com NM1 Player of the Week award for round 8. The 23-year old player was the main contributor (26 points, nine rebounds) to his team's victory, helping them to crush, the league's bottom-ranked team CFBB (#16, 0-8) with 21-point margin 102-81. It allowed Blois to take over top position in the French NM1. They maintain perfect record without any lost game in the league. The season is still on an early stage, but Blois already had a very good start winning all 6 without losing a single one. It's Tornato's second year at Blois and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Jonathan Tornato has solid league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (4th best: 8.3rpg) and averages impressive 1.7bpg and 61.4% FGP.
The second best player in last round's games was 26-year old Moise Diame (205-C-86) of Rueil. Diame had a very good evening with a double-double of 26 points and 11 rebounds. Of course he lead Rueil to another comfortable win outscoring CFBB (#16, 0-8) 109-70. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the top position in Round 1. Rueil dropped in the standings to 12th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 3-5 record. Diame is well-known at Rueil and is a proven leader in his second season with the team.
Third on the list of top players last round was forward Damien Inglis (203-PF-95) of CFBB (#16). Inglis got into 30-points club by scoring 31 points in the last round. He went also for nine rebounds . Despite Inglis' great performance CFBB lost 81-102 to the league's current leader Blois (#1, 6-0). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. CFBB can only dream about fighting for top spots in . They have awful season losing so far all 8 games. Too bad for Inglis he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Inglis has individually a great season in France. After only 8 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.3ppg (2nd best) and rebounds with 7.8rpg (8th best). He also has 1.4bpg and FGP: 52.5%.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Daviin Davis (193-F-85) of Blois - 25 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists 5. Jarryd Cole (204-F-88) of La Rochelle - 23 points and 12 rebounds 6. Johan Rathieuville (177-G-85) of Challans - 23 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists 7. Moise Diame (205-C-86) of Rueil - 16 points and 11 rebounds 8. Ibrahim Saounera (178-PG-87) of Rueil - 11 points and 12 assists 9. Fabien Herard (198-F-79) of Challans - 24 points and 6 rebounds 10. Jean-Stephane Rinna (205-F-83) of St Chamond - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 3 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)
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
ProB Round 1 of Semi-Finals. Chalons-Reims and Antibes with road wins - May 21, 2013
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Evreux - Chalons-Reims 74-80
Chalons-Reims fired past Evreux on the road to open the semifinal series. It looked good early as ALM Evreux took an 5-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Chalons-Reims had a 20-13 second period charge getting the lead and ALM Evreux was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 74-80. American forward Justin Burrell (206-88, college: St [read more]
Chalons-Reims fired past Evreux on the road to open the semifinal series. It looked good early as ALM Evreux took an 5-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Chalons-Reims had a 20-13 second period charge getting the lead and ALM Evreux was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 74-80. American forward Justin Burrell (206-88, college: St.John's) nailed a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds for the winning side and swingman Rodrigue Mels (188-85, college: CS Northridge, agency: Three Eye Sports) accounted for 19 points. Center Garry Florimont (203-87) came up with 20 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and American point guard Clevin Hannah (180-87, college: Wichita St., agency: Court Side) added 17 points and 7 assists respectively for ALM Evreux in the defeat. Top scorers: Evreux: G.Florimont 20+6reb+3ast, C.Hannah 17+1reb+7ast, D.Reed 16+5reb+2ast, J.Wood 9+8reb+1ast, S.Ho You Fat 7+6reb+3ast, G.Costentin 3+6reb Chalons-Reims: A.Tsagarakis 22+1reb+1ast, R.Mels 19+4reb+3ast, J.Burrell 16+10reb+2ast, B.Mullins 7+2reb+2ast, T.Johnson 7+7reb+3ast, K.Corre 4+3reb+6ast
Antibes made another step towards the Finals as they victoriously opened the semifinal series versus Pau-Lacq-Orthez. The guests trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 44-35 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Olympique Antibes made 25-of-31 free shots (80.6 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Pau-Lacq-Orthez turnovers. 24 personal fouls committed by Pau-Lacq-Orthez helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American swingman Anthony Hilliard (193-86, college: Elizabeth City) stepped up and scored 23 points and 5 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws) for the winners and Raphael Desroses (199-80, agency: Fusion Sports) chipped in 15 points and 5 rebounds. At the losing side American forward Brian Boddicker (204-81, college: Texas) responded with 20 points and 5 rebounds and David Denave (195-85) scored 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Top scorers: Pau-Lacq-Orthez: B.Boddicker 20+5reb+3ast, D.Denave 12+6reb+4ast, A.Mendy 12+4reb+2ast, R.Lesca 9+2reb+3ast, S.Driss 8+3reb+3ast, J.Morency 6+4reb Antibes: A.Hilliard 23+5reb+1ast, R.Desroses 15+5reb, T.Blue 10+4reb+1ast, M.Badiane 8+6reb+1ast, L.Bengaber 7+1reb+1ast, T.Huffman 7+1reb+2ast
Nantes bring in Souarata Cisse (197-G/F-86) to the roster. The 27-year old naturalized Mali swingman Souarata Cisse was announced by Hermine Nantes Atlantique.
He played most recently at Hyeres-Toulon in ProA. However his team was relegated to ProB. In 28 games he averaged 8.0ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.5apg last season.
The earlier season Cisse played at Stade Clermont (NM3). In 32 games he had 13.9ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.6apg that season. Part of previous (09-10) season he spent at Lille Metropole [read more]
Nantes bring in Souarata Cisse (197-G/F-86) to the roster. The 27-year old naturalized Mali swingman Souarata Cisse was announced by Hermine Nantes Atlantique. He played most recently at Hyeres-Toulon in ProA. However his team was relegated to ProB. In 28 games he averaged 8.0ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.5apg last season. The earlier season Cisse played at Stade Clermont (NM3). In 32 games he had 13.9ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.6apg that season. Part of previous (09-10) season he spent at Lille Metropole. In 7 games he had 7.1ppg and 2.0rpg. Cisse also played at SPO Rouen that season. But in four games he had just 1.5ppg and 1.0rpg. In 2008-09 season he played at JSF Nanterre (ProA). In 34 games he had 11.4ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.9apg and 1.1spg. Cisse's team won French ProA Regular Season in 2006. He represented France at the European Championships U20 in Izmir (Turkey) seven years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 18.4ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.9spg, 2FGP: 49.2%, 3FGP: 45.2%, FT: 72.2%. Cisse has played previously for four other France teams: Pau-Lacq-Orthez, Paris-Levallois, Blois and Centre Federal du Basket-Ball.
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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