Le Mans avoided elimination beating ASVEL at home court. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket won third quarter 13-7. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Brazilian power forward Joao Paulo Batista (207-81, college: Gonzaga) notched 10 points and 8 rebounds to lead the effort and American guard Cam Long (193-88, college: George Mason, agency: KMG Sports Management) supported him with 9 points and 5 assists. Even 11 points and 7 rebounds by naturalized Mali forward Amara Sy (202-81) did not help to save the game for ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket. American guard Alex Acker (196-83, college: Pepperdine) added 13 points and 6 rebounds for the guests. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Top scorers: ASVEL: A.Acker 13+6reb, E.Jackson 13+2reb+2ast, A.Sy 11+7reb+2ast, U.Nsonwu-Amadi 8+9reb, P.Lacombe 4+2reb, M.Thompson 3+1reb+3ast Le Mans: D.Washington 11+3reb+2ast, P.Sy 11+1reb+2ast, J.Paulo Batista 10+8reb+1ast, M.Keselj 9+4reb, C.Long 9+3reb+5ast, C.Victor 7+1reb
Roanne shot down Chalon at home court to tie things up at 1-1 in the series. The game without a history. Chorale de Roanne led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Chalon/Saor's players. American power forward Coleman Collins (206-86, college: Virginia Tech, agency: Interperformances) scored 23 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the former international William Gradit (197-82, college: Hill JC) chipped in 14 points and 4 assists during the contest. American forward Shelden Williams (206-83, college: Duke) responded with 17 points and 8 rebounds and his fellow American import swingman Blake Schilb (200-83, college: Loyola, IL) scored 15 points and 4 assists. Four Chalon/Saor players scored in double figures. Chalon/Saor's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Top scorers: Chalon: S.Williams 17+8reb+1ast, B.Schilb 15+4reb+4ast, J.Aboudou 13+4reb, M.Denmon 13+2reb, S.Tchicamboud 7+1reb+5ast, I.Evtimov 3+2reb Roanne: C.Collins 23+8reb, S.Gray 18+2ast, W.Gradit 14+3reb+4ast, P.Amagou 9+10ast, M.Howard 6+8reb+3ast, R.Reid 4+3reb
Strasbourg defeated Dijon on the road and sealed their semifinal appearance. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. American Jason Siggers (188-85, college: Albany) notched 14 points to lead the effort and American-Dominican swingman Ricardo Greer (197-78, college: Pittsburgh) supported him with 13 points. Even 21 points and 5 assists by forward Jeremy Leloup (202-87) did not help to save the game for JDA Dijon. American power forward Andre Harris (201-85, college: Fair Dickinson) added 11 points and 5 rebounds for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Top scorers: Dijon: J.Leloup 21+3reb+5ast, T.Campbell 11+2ast, A.Harris 11+5reb+2ast, F.Prenom 7+3reb, Z.Moss 6+3reb+1ast, D.Melody 4+3reb Strasbourg: J.Siggers 14+1reb+3ast, R.Greer 13+4reb+1ast, A.Ajinca 12+4reb+1ast, A.Toupane 9+2reb, R.Duport 8+3reb, L.Campbell 6+5reb+3ast
Nanterre fired past Gravelines to book the semifinal ticket. JSF Nanterre looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Gravelines-Dunkerque's players. American guard Trenton Meacham (188-85, college: Illinois) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points and 6 assists. The former international forward Stephen Brun (202-80) contributed with 18 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Five JSF Nanterre players scored in double figures. The former international Yannick Bokolo (188-85) replied with 19 points and 4 assists and American-FYR Macedonian swingman Kennedy Winston (198-84, college: Alabama) added 15 points in the effort for Gravelines-Dunkerque. Top scorers: Gravelines: Y.Bokolo 19+2reb+4ast, K.Winston 15+3reb, C.Akpomedah 13+4reb, J.Edwards 9+2reb+2ast, L.Vaty 6+5reb+1ast, O.Camara 2+5reb Nanterre: T.Meacham 19+4reb+6ast, S.Brun 18+7reb+3ast, J.Passave-Ducteil 14+5reb+1ast, C.Warren 13+7reb+4ast, J.Palacios 12+8reb+1ast, D.Lighty 8+6ast
Jerry Smith (ex Samsun) signs at Chalons-Reims - 6 hours ago
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Champagne Chalons-Reims Basket (ProA) landed 30-year old American point guard Jerry Smith (188-87kg-87, college: Louisville, agency: HMS). He started the season at Samsunspor DSI in Turkish TBL league. In 34 games he averaged impressive 20.1ppg, 5.0rpg, 5.0apg and 1.3spg this season. The last season Smith played at Eisbaeren Bremerhaven in German BBL where in 33 games he had 12.4ppg, 3.1rpg, 3.3apg and 1.5spg. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.... [read more]
Champagne Chalons-Reims Basket (ProA) landed 30-year old American point guard Jerry Smith (188-87kg-87, college: Louisville, agency: HMS). He started the season at Samsunspor DSI in Turkish TBL league. In 34 games he averaged impressive 20.1ppg, 5.0rpg, 5.0apg and 1.3spg this season. The last season Smith played at Eisbaeren Bremerhaven in German BBL where in 33 games he had 12.4ppg, 3.1rpg, 3.3apg and 1.5spg. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Honorable Mention and to the All-Star Game. In 2010 Springfield Armor selected him as fifth overall pick in D-League draft. He attended University of Louisville and it is his seventh season in pro basketball. Smith has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2012. Among other achievements he won D-League East Conference championship title in 2012. Smith received also Gatorade D-League All-Defensive 1st Team award back in 2012. He is a very experienced player. Smith has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to five different countries on three different continents (Europe, Australia and of course North America). Smith has played previously professionally in Israel (Maccabi Rishon and Hapoel Holon), Italy (AV Cantu and Verona), New Zealand (Pistons), NBA (Brooklyn Nets) and D-League (Springfield A.). His game is described as:
A powerful combo guard who has great athletic skills and knows how to score. Great personality, he can spend time at the point too, but seems an ideal specimen for the 2 spot at European level.
Gonzaga lands their first post-Final Four commitment - 1 day ago
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Gonzaga capitalized on their run to the national title game by landing a commitment from French point guard Joel Ayayi(6'4''-PG-00), who announced the news on twitter. Ayayi is an interesting long-term prospect, according to Draft Express. He has the size and the frame to eventually be a significant contributor in the college game, but he's raw. His handle needs work, as does his ability to create off the dribble and find teammates off of the bounce. That said, he's 6-foot-4 with a 6-foot... [read more]
Gonzaga capitalized on their run to the national title game by landing a commitment from French point guard Joel Ayayi (6'4''-PG-00), who announced the news on twitter. Ayayi is an interesting long-term prospect, according to Draft Express. He has the size and the frame to eventually be a significant contributor in the college game, but he's raw. His handle needs work, as does his ability to create off the dribble and find teammates off of the bounce. That said, he's 6-foot-4 with a 6-foot-7 wingspan and the ability to shoot it from the perimeter, and if Gonzaga can do anything, it's develop players that enter their program. Courtesy of: nbcsports.com
Henry's 20 points and 7 rebounds give him ProB Player of the Week award - 1 day ago
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28-year old point guard Corin Henry (178-PG-88, agency: Octagon Europe) had a great game in the last round for Evreux and receives a Eurobasket.com ProB Player of the Week award for round 29. He had the game-high 20 points adding seven rebounds and five assists for Evreux in his team's victory, helping them to beat Denain (#11, 14-15) 86 [read more]
28-year old point guard Corin Henry (178-PG-88, agency: Octagon Europe) had a great game in the last round for Evreux and receives a Eurobasket.com ProB Player of the Week award for round 29. He had the game-high 20 points adding seven rebounds and five assists for Evreux in his team's victory, helping them to beat Denain (#11, 14-15) 86-72. Thanks to this victory Evreux moved-up to the 8th position in French ProB. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Evreux will need more victories to improve their 16-13 record. In the team's last game Henry had a remarkable 57.1% from 2-point range. He turned to be Evreux's top player in his first season with the team. Tarleton State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Henry is in league's top in points (6th best: 16.8ppg), assists (7th best: 5.4apg) and averages solid 2.5spg and 51.4% FGP.
Second best performed player last round was Jonathan Fairell (201-F-93, agency: Duran International) of Rouen. He is American-Bahamas forward in his first season at Rouen. In the last game Fairell recorded impressive double-double of 25 points and 12 rebounds. Bad luck as Rouen lost that game 66-78 to the higher-ranked Nantes (14-15). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Rouen dropped in the standings to 12th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 14-15 record. Fairell is a newcomer at Rouen and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 14.9ppg (#8). He also registered 7.0 boards per game.
Third place about best performers goes to forward Jean-Victor Traore (204-PF-85) of Lille (#6). Traore showcased his all-around game by recording 17 points, seven rebounds and eleven assists (!!!) in the last round. Despite Traore's great performance Lille lost 64-76 to the lower-ranked Boulogne (#15, 11-18). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Lille needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 16 victories and 13 lost games. Traore has a great season in France. After 29 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 7.6rpg (6th best). Jean-Victor Traore has also French passport and can play in the league with a status of domestic player.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Dinma Odiakosa (203-C/F-85) of Le Havre - 22 points and 12 rebounds 5. Dustin Ware (183-PG-90) of Vichy Clermont - 19 points, 4 rebounds and 8 assists 6. Youssou Ndoye (213-C-91) of Bourg - 21 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists 7. Jaraun Burrows (203-F-85) of Provence Basket - 16 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists 8. Derrick Colter (180-PG-94) of Rouen - 16 points, 2 rebounds and 7 assists 9. Martin Hermannsson (190-G-94) of Charleville - 22 points and 5 assists 10. Chamberlain Oguchi (196-SG-86) of Boulazac - 29 points and 3 assists
The Player of the week is choosen 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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