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Oct
5

Round-up: Siena take Supercoppa, fight in Lithuania, Nanterre and Strasbourg squeeze out wins

Four Euroleague teams returned to domestic action on Tuesday night. In Italy, Montepaschi Siena took the Supercoppa, while there were league wins for JSF Nanterre and Strasbourg IG in France. Lietuvos Rytas also won in the LKL but their victory at Juventus was marred by a brawl.

After a one and done display in the Euroleague qualifiers, Cimberio Varese looked to get one over on Italian kingpins Montepaschi Siena in the Supercoppa on Tuesday night. The EuroCup outfit managed to hold a one point lead at the break. Aubrey Coleman, 23 points and 7 rebounds, and Achille Polonara, 17 points and 7 rebounds, did the heavy lifting for Varese but they lacked the strength in depth to stay in the contest down the stretch.  Siena bust them open with a big final quarter. That 29-19 final frame turned a competitive clash into a comfortable 81-66 victory for the Italian champions. Joshua Coleman led Siena in scoring with 18 points and picked up 4 boards while Daniel Hackett had 14 points and 6 rebounds.

There was no drama on the scoreboard, although plenty on the floor, as Lietuvos Rytas blew out Juventus in the LKL. Fresh off their success in the Euroleague qualifiers, the Vilnius club stormed to a 15 point lead by the end of the first quarter and the gap had grown to 47-27 by half-time. Dirk Bauermann’s side eventually secured a 92-67 road win but not before this went down…

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Apr
3

France’s Livio Jean-Charles leads World Team to 112-98 shootout win, first back-to-back victory since 1999 [Highlights]

Those squeezing in viewings of the 2013 Nike Hoop Summit game between NBA playoff matches yesterday not only saw quite the shootout featuring world-class talent but also a bit of history: In upping their all-time record to 5-11 against Team USA with the 112-98 win, the World Select Team earned their second back-to-back win ever in the competition and first repeat since 1999.

The big news individually speaking was ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne’s Livio Jean-Charles, who overshadowed his more headline-grabbing teammate Andrew Wiggins of Canada, with a huge 27 points and 13 rebounds. (For the record on this day, Jean-Charles is currently projected as a #36 overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft over at Draft Express; surely this guy’s stock will be rising before the Day…) Team World overcame fierce performances from prospective Duke Blue Devil Jabari Parker (22 points) and Kentucky Wildcat-to-be Julius Randle (19 points, eight rebounds).

But without further ado – To the highlight clips!

Oregon Live put together a “top 15 plays of the game” clip for your debate perusal – No, one second thought, BiE’ll go with “debate”. How did Rondaé Hollis-Jefferson’s insane pickpocket steal of and follow-up jam on Mouhammadou Jaiteh only land at no. 10, for example? For another, how did Randle’s reverse baseline dunk get beaten by Dante Exum’s circusy and-one? In any case, see for yourselves…

Here’s a more styled game-highlight compilation put together by BallisLife which puts the emphasis on the individual, showing how the showcase features of the ‘Summit…

And major props to the always excellent Euroleague Adventures, for their excellent job video-recording *everything* in the leadup to the game. A couple samples from their post-game work run below – there’s Jean-Charles described (correctly) and the should’ve-been-game MVP, followed by Team Russia/Triumph Lyubertsy’s Sergey Karasev on “Being a Sharp Shooter”. BiE seriously urges you to check out ELA’s massive cache of clips from the Nike Hoop Summit as well – right here.

Congratulations again to the World Select Team on the victory; we’ll leave with a Tweet, perhaps a suggestion for success to future Nike Hoop Summit squads: Maybe it’s all about the bonding…

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Jun
0

Six NBA, three ACB, nine Pro A players among Team France preliminary roster

Joakim'll be there

Vincent Collet has named 18 players to his Team France preliminary roster, including six from the NBA, three from Spain’s ACB and nine from French Pro A ball; in fact, five players played 2009-10 with Pro A championship finalists Le Mans and Cholet.

Representing the NBA is quite an impressive core – even without Tony Parker and Rony Turiaf – that includes Team France regulars Joakim Noah and Boris Diaw in addition to NBA up-and-comers Rodrigue Beaubois, Nicolas Batum, Alexis Ajinca and Ian Mahinmi.

All three of the past Pro A MVP winners are on the squad as well in Nando De Colo (2008), Alain Koffi (2009) and Ali Traore (2010); Traore is one of two Euroleaguers on the list, along with Orleans’ Ludovic Vaty. Prospective NBA draft pick Kévin Séraphin was also among the chosen, as were Valencia teammates Florent Pietrus and Nando De Colo.

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Feb
0

Encapsulating the Semaine des As squads

For a quick informational brief in advance of the Semaine des As tournament tipping off today, Francophones should head over to a site called LeMans.Maville.com. For a rough feeling of this excellent piece, cobbled together from remedial French knowledge and online translators with a gob of poetic license, read on.

Chorale Roanne. At home the “Chorale” sings; away, this team only sings the blues, losing by lopsided scores at Le Mans (73-58), against Villeurbanne (88-57) and Nancy (101-62). Home at Andre-Vacheresse, however, Roanne is firing on all cylinders, as seen in the team’s 72-71 win over Cholet. The man to watch: Uche Nsonwu-Amadi.

Asvel Lyon Villeurbanne. So much for being the favorites. Were they not hosts, Asvel might not be attending this party at all. The team’s recent defeat at Poitiers, its 11th in the last 19 games, may indicate the team mortgaged a bit too much for the playoffs last season. The man to watch: Mindaugas Lukauskas.

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Sep
1

So how do you like SLUC Nancy’s chances?

We’re not exactly sure why Euroleague/BallinEurope.com sponsor Sporting Bet is disproportionately interested in SLUC Nancy’s chances in France this season, but with the online sportsbook’s posting of Nancy-related prop bets, we figured it’d be worth a look.

Last season ended disappointingly for the Euroleague’s Cinderella team. In SLUC Nancy’s first appearance in the big league after taking the French title in 2007-08, the team managed just a 2-8 performance. Back home, fourth-ranked Nancy was bounced by eventual champion ASVEL Basket in the semifinals. Could the growth curve first entered in the mid-1990s finally be straightening for Nancy?

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Jul
1

Caught surfing: Checking out Euroleague Group A official websites

As a public service to our readers (not to mention a good excuse to get in some high-quality surfing time), BallinEurope will hereby begin cataloguing some key European teams’ official websites. We’ll first run through the teams of the Euroleague groups sequentially A through D, followed by a rundown of Euroleague qualifiers, Eurocup contestants, EuroChallenge contenders, and finally, any other relevant teams we may have missed.

Today, coverage is devoted to the teams of Group A. Official websites will be listed in order of amount of English-language coverage. This is not to say that any team is indebted to run English-language material and certainly no implication that websites without English are inferior. It’s simply just that the lingua franca of BallinEurope.com is, well, English. Now open up a fresh browser window and enter surfing mode.

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Jul
3

Groupings announced, Euroleague 2009-10 tips off (sorta)

The Euroleague 2009-10 season has begun! This morning, the Euroleague announced the groupings for the ten-game competition this autumn. Naturally, the pools are totally enticing and some great fodder for watercooler discussions for months. (Heck, they’ll have to be.) The groups look like this:

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Jul
1

Euroleague, Eurocup, EuroChallenge participants announced

To torment and tease those of us – and by “those of us” here, i mean “every Euroball fan” – who can’t wait for the Euroleague, Eurocup, and FIBA EuroChallenge championship draws set for Wednesday at 1pm CET, FIBA Europe and Euroleague yesterday released the names of the participating clubs in the three competitions.

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