4th ranked Blois (6-2) fell to sixth ranked JA Vichy (6-4) in overtime by two points 73-75 on Saturday night. The game took place in Blois. But the guests from Vichy were better at the end. Worth to mention a great performance of Octavio Da Silveira (204-PF-89) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). JA Vichy maintains sixth position with 6-4 record. Blois at the other side keeps the fourth place with two games lost. JA Vichy will face Angers BC 49 (#9) at home in the next round. Blois will play against Rueil (#13).
In the last game of round 10 Souffel beat Challans on the road 84-82. Chartres won against Rennes on its own court 74-64. St Chamond unfortunately lost to Quimper in a road game 77-86. Orchy managed to beat Cognac at home 82-68. La Rochelle defeated Angers BC 49 on the opponent's court 75-73. The most impressive performance of 10th round was 28 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists and 6 steals by Carlos Cherry of Quimper.
4th ranked Blois (6-2) fell to sixth ranked JA Vichy (6-4) in overtime by two points 73-75 on Saturday night. The game took place in Blois. But the guests from Vichy were better at the end. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Blois won third quarter 14-13. 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 Blois used huge pressure winning it 18-15 getting a tie at the end of regular time. They lost eventually overtime period 7-9. Worth to mention a great performance of Octavio Da Silveira (204-89) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Belgian forward Douglas Tshomba (201-83, college: Tusculum) contributed with 14 points for the winners. Finnish forward Ville Kaunisto (205-82) replied with 20 points and 5 rebounds and American forward Daviin Davis (193-85, college: Weber St.) added 17 points and 4 assists in the effort for Blois. Four Blois players scored in double figures. JA Vichy maintains sixth position with 6-4 record. Blois at the other side keeps the fourth place with two games lost. JA Vichy will face Angers BC 49 (#9) at home in the next round. Blois will play against Rueil (#13). Top scorers: Blois: V.Kaunisto 20+5reb+2ast, D.Davis 17+3reb+4ast, J.Tornato 14+3reb+3ast, P.Brochard 10+2reb+5ast, G.Staelens 6+3reb+6ast, K.Morlende 3+2reb+4ast Vichy: O.Da Silveira 20+5reb+2ast, D.Tshomba 14+4reb+2ast, R.El Amrani 11+4reb+4ast, G.Lessort 9+8reb, S.Belghazi 8+3reb, B.Thomas 7+2reb+6ast
No shocking result in a game when first ranked Souffelweyersheim (8-1) edged on the road 15th ranked Vendee Challans (2-7) 84-82 on Saturday. Vendee Challans trailed by 14 points after 3 quarters before a 25-13 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 82-84 at the end of the game. Souffelweyersheim made 19-of-22 free shots (86.4 percent) during the game. Souffelweyersheim outrebounded Vendee Challans 35-23 including 23 on the defensive glass. Vendee Challans was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a very good performance for naturalized Chadian forward Jacques Alingue (201-88) who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 5 rebounds. Guard Frederic Minet (188-81) contributed with 14 points for the winners. Swedish center Andreas Schreiber (206-87, college: Pennsylvania, agency: Two Points) replied with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds and guard Johan Rathieuville (177-85) added 17 points and 7 assists in the effort for Vendee Challans. Four Vendee Challans players scored in double figures. Souffelweyersheim have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 8-1 record. Loser Vendee Challans keeps the fifteenth place with seven games lost. Souffelweyersheim will face Quimper UJAP (#5) at home in the next round. Vendee Challans will play against Union Rennes (#14) and it may be a tough game between close rivals. Top scorers: Challans: A.Schreiber 20+10reb+2ast, J.Rathieuville 17+3reb+7ast, N.Gouacide 16+2reb+1ast, F.Herard 11+2reb+3ast, J.Geay 7+2reb+4ast, R.Medenouvo 6+1reb Souffel: J.Alingue 25+5reb+2ast, F.Minet 14+1reb+3ast, J.Bach 10+4reb+2ast, J.Cazenobe 9+5reb+1ast, F.Broliron 7+2reb, J.Tschamber 7+3reb+6ast
There was a minor upset when 11th ranked Union Rennes (3-6) lost on the road to fourteenth ranked Chartres (3-6) 74-64 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Chartres. Union Rennes was better in third quarter 16-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 18-of-22 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. It was a very good performance for point guard Julien Sauret (184-81) who helped to win the game recording 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Serbian forward Zeljko Bojovic (200-81) contributed with 14 points for the winners. Center Said Ben Driss (206-85) replied with 9 points and 8 rebounds and Senegalese guard El Kabir Pene (190-84) added 14 points in the effort for Union Rennes. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Chartres moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Union Rennes. Chartres will have a break next round. Top scorers: Rennes: E.Kabir Pene 14+1reb+3ast, B.M'Poy 12+3reb+2ast, S.Ben Driss 9+8reb+3ast, G.Broudic 9+5reb+1ast, J.Dessart 8+2reb, K.Kittar 6+1reb Chartres: J.Sauret 16+5reb+4ast, Z.Bojovic 14+2reb+1ast, G.Lemon 13+3reb, M.Vasic 9+6reb+1ast, A.Hergott 6+4reb+1ast, A.Boivin 6+1reb+4ast
Very predictable result when fifth ranked Quimper UJAP (6-3) won against at home 12th ranked Saint Chamond (3-6) 86-77 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 86-77. Quimper UJAP made 27-of-32 free shots (84.4 percent) during the game. Quimper UJAP outrebounded Saint Chamond 34-18 including a 25-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. Saint Chamond was plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a very good performance for Spanish point guard Carlos Cherry (184-79, agency: Global Sports Plaza) who helped to win the game recording 28 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists and 6 steals. Nigerian forward Corey Raji (198-88, college: Boston Coll., agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) contributed with 22 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Latvian swingman Ingus Bankevics (195-85, agency: Players Group) replied with 17 points and naturalized DR Congolese guard Jean-Paul Landu-Bongo (187-85) added 16 points in the effort for Saint Chamond. Four Saint Chamond players scored in double figures. Saint Chamond's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Quimper UJAP maintains fifth position with 6-3 record. Saint Chamond lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the eleventh place with six games lost. Quimper UJAP will face league's leader Souffelweyersheim in Souffel. in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Saint Chamond will play at home against the league's second-placed Orchesien BC (#2) in Orchies. Top scorers: St Chamond: I.Bankevics 17+4reb+1ast, J.Landu-Bongo 16+3reb+1ast, B.Rey 12+4reb, R.Tillon 11+3ast, R.Jacon 9+1reb+1ast, M.Ledoux 4+2ast Quimper: C.Cherry 28+7reb+7ast, C.Raji 22+8reb+5ast, O.Kolb 14+6reb+1ast, B.Doumbe 6, W.Molas 6+7reb, F.Thibedore 5+3reb+4ast
There was a minor upset when much higher ranked Cognac (7-2) lost to fourth ranked Orchesien BC (7-1) in Orchies 68-82 on Saturday. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The game without a history. Orchesien BC led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Cognac's 34. Orchesien BC forced 19 Cognac turnovers. It was a very good performance for center Olivier Gouez (217-84) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 23 points and 11 rebounds. Serbian power forward Djordje Petrovic (204-84) contributed with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Four Orchesien BC players scored in double figures. Orchesien BC's coach Philippe Namyst used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Serbian forward Dejan Sencanski (198-84, college: Abil.Christian) replied with 24 points and 5 rebounds and center Miguel Buval (208-90) added 14 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Cognac. Orchesien BC have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place. Loser Cognac dropped to the third position with two games lost. Orchesien BC will face Saint Chamond (#12) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Cognac will play against Monaco (#10). Top scorers: Cognac: D.Sencanski 24+5reb+1ast, M.Buval 14+8reb+1ast, C.Bertorelle 11+5reb+1ast, S.Doucoure 8+5reb, V.Mouillard 7+3reb+4ast, J.Ludon 2+1reb+1ast Orchy: O.Gouez 23+11reb+1ast, D.Petrovic 18+10reb+1ast, T.Stanley 11+2reb+3ast, R.Carter 11+5reb+2ast, R.Brocheray 6+6reb, A.Belkessa 5+1reb+3ast
There was a small surprise when ninth ranked La Rochelle (5-5) edged on the road 7th ranked Angers BC 49 (4-4) 75-73 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 16 points after three quarters before their 24-6 charge, which allowed them to win the game. La Rochelle dominated on the defensive end, holding Angers BC 49 to just 6 points in fourth quarter. They made 21-of-26 free shots (80.8 percent) during the game. It was a very good performance for American forward Jarryd Cole (204-88, college: Iowa) who helped to win the game recording 13 points and 6 rebounds. British forward Andrew Thomson (205-84, college: Catawba) contributed with 12 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American forward Anthony Hill (204-88, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) replied with 19 points and 7 rebounds and guard Thibaut Lonzieme (195-89) added 18 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Angers BC 49. Angers BC 49's coach Vincent Lavandier rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. La Rochelle have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to seventh place. Loser Angers BC 49 dropped to the eighth position with four games lost. La Rochelle will have a break next round. Angers BC 49 will play on the road against JA Vichy (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals. Top scorers: Angers BC 49: A.Hill 19+7reb+3ast, T.Lonzieme 18+7reb+3ast, L.Gunnarsson 11+3reb+3ast, M.Chupin 8+6reb+1ast, E.De Casabianca 5, A.Fellah 5+2reb+3ast La Rochelle: J.Cole 13+6reb, J.Dalmat 13+2reb+1ast, A.Thomson 12+5reb, P.Bonnelalbay 9+7reb+1ast, F.Sahraoui 7+1reb+4ast, L.Iglesias 7+3reb+3ast
Union Poitiers Basket 86 (ProB) tabbed swingman Sekou Omar Doumbouya (200). He has played for the last two years at Centre Federal du Basket-Ball in the NM1. In 30 games he averaged 10.2ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.3apg and 1.4spg last season. Doumbouya is a member of French U18 National Team. Union Poitiers Basket 86 roster for 2016-2017: Guards: Arnaud Thinon Drake Reed Steve McWhorter Johann Garbin Forwards: Pierre-Yves Guillard Christophe Leonard Mike Joseph Sekou Omar Doumbouya Centers: Simon... [read more]
Hapoel Eilat (Winner League) confirmed in their roster experienced 35-year old Israeli international point guard Afik Nissim (185-81kg-81). He is a dual citizen owning also French passport. Nissim has played there for the last four seasons. In 37 Winner League games he recorded 9.4ppg, 1.3rpg and 4.0apg last season. Nissim helped them to make it to the cup final and to the league semifinals. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Israeli League All-Star Game and to the... [read more]
Hapoel Eilat (Winner League) confirmed in their roster experienced 35-year old Israeli international point guard Afik Nissim (185-81kg-81). He is a dual citizen owning also French passport. Nissim has played there for the last four seasons. In 37 Winner League games he recorded 9.4ppg, 1.3rpg and 4.0apg last season. Nissim helped them to make it to the cup final and to the league semifinals. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Israeli League All-Star Game and to the All-Star Game 3-Point Shootout. The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he played in the final of Israeli Premier League in 2015. Nissim was also voted Eurobasket.com Israeli League All-Domestic Players Team in 2014. He has been also a member of Israeli international program for some years. Nissim has regularly played for Israeli senior team since 2001 and previously for U21 National Team back in 2001. He represented Israel at the Qualifications to European Championships 2015 two years ago. Nissim is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Italy (CZG Veroli), Russia (Enisey), Slovenia (Krka), Ukraine (BC Kyiv), France (Strasbourg IG), Israel (Maccabi Rishon and Hasharon) and Czech Republic (CEZ Nymburk). It's very possible he may end his playing career at Hapoel Eilat. On Nissim:
Great scorer. Can play both guards positions. Excellent outside shooter. Can shoot from anywhere. Good ballhandler. Good passer. Tends to do more than he can. Has good work ethic.
ALM Evreux Basket (ProB) tabbed 31-year old Cameroonian ex-international forward Gaston Moliva (202-109kg-85, college: Richmond, agency: Promotex). He played most recently at CRA Hoceima in Moroccan D1 league. He helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. The previous (14-15) season Moliva played at SKP Banska Bystrica in SBL where in 28 games he averaged 7.7ppg, 6.1rpg and 1.2apg. He contributed to his team making it to the Slovakian Cup Semi... [read more]
ALM Evreux Basket (ProB) tabbed 31-year old Cameroonian ex-international forward Gaston Moliva (202-109kg-85, college: Richmond, agency: Promotex). He played most recently at CRA Hoceima in Moroccan D1 league. He helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. The previous (14-15) season Moliva played at SKP Banska Bystrica in SBL where in 28 games he averaged 7.7ppg, 6.1rpg and 1.2apg. He contributed to his team making it to the Slovakian Cup Semifinals. Among other achievements Moliva received Asia-Basket.com All-Qatari D1 Honorable Mention award back in 2013. He was a member of Cameroonian Senior National Team back in 2011. Moliva has played previously professionally in Japan (Chiba Jets) and Qatar (Qatar Sports Club). He attended University of Richmond until 2008 and it will be his ninth season in pro basketball. Let's have closer look into Moliva's outlook:
By being one of the top shot blocker wherever he played since high school, Gaston Moliva has shown his infinite shot blocking skills and proven he is a great defender. Although he is an outstanding shot blocker, it is his overall strength and agility to control the pain both offensively and defensively that is so impressive. Gaston is one of the most professional and hardworking prospects on the market. As a professional, he consistently recorded doubles doubles and his performances have led his previous team to several finals for his career as a professional, he has shown to have all the work ethics and the leadership qualities you would want in a player.However, free throws remain an area that need some improvement.
Important stats as a professional:
Highest points scored: 42 points (2010), Qatar Sports Club against Wakrah Sports Club,
Highest rebounds: 18 (2013)
Highest blocks:9 (2009).
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