LNB - France

French League Final: June 20, 2009
Asvel Basket champ French League 2008-09 (photo: asvel.com)A rare single-game final for a national championship has returned Asvel Basket to its historic spot atop the French League after six years of absence. Asvel used a defensive show of force to stop Orleans 55-41 at the neutral venue of Palais Omnisports Paris-Bercy in Paris. The victory gave Asvel its 17th national title, more than any other club in France, but its first since 2002. An incredible 19-0 run in the second quarter turned the game around and set Asvel's defensive tone for the rest of its triumphant performance. Amara Sy, the only double-digit scorer for the winners, with 10 points, was named MVP. Sy also pulled 8 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Three teammates followed him with 8 points each: Ali Traore, who also had 8 rebounds, Eric Campbell and Nebojsa Bogavac. For Orleans, making its first-ever title-game appearance, Cedrick Banks had 13 points and Aldo Curti 8. Asvel became the sixth different champion since the French League went to a one-game final format six years ago, meaning no club has been able to win the title twice in that span. MORE

Final Playoffs, Single-game Final in Palais Omnisports Paris-Bercy
Record Team Game 1
1 Asvel Basket (1) 55
0 Orléans (2) 41
French League Champion 2008-09: Asvel Basket

Semifinals Playoffs, best of 3 games
Record Team Game 1 Game 2 Game 3
2 Asvel Basket (1) 69 69 62
1 Nancy (4) 70 53 56
2 Orléans (2) 76 61 66
1 Le Mans (3) 75 71 60

Quarterfinals Playoffs, best of 3 games
Record Team Game 1 Game 2 Game 3
2 Asvel Basket (1) 91 66 88
1 Strasbourg (8) 68 77 59
2 Nancy (4) 97 70 95
1 Roanne (5) 79 81 82
2 Orléans (2) 68 65 x
0 Chalon/Saone (7) 64 54 x
2 Le Mans (3) 76 87 x
0 BCM Gravelines (6) 73 68 x

Final Playoffs round game
Game 1 Asvel Basket vs. Orléans 55-41 June 20

Semifinals Playoffs round games
Game 1 Asvel Basket vs. Nancy 69-70 June 5
Game 1 Orléans vs. Le Mans 76-75 June 6
Game 2 Nancy vs. Asvel Basket 53-69 June 10
Game 2 Le Mans vs. Orléans 71-61 June 9
Game 3 Asvel Basket vs. Nancy 62-56 June 13
Game 3 Orléans vs. Le Mans 66-60 June 13

Quarterfinals Playoffs round games
Game 1 Asvel Basket vs. Strasbourg 91-68 May 23
Game 1 Orléans vs. Chalon/Saone 68-64 May 23
Game 1 Le Mans vs. BCM Gravelines 76-73 May 23
Game 1 Nancy vs. Roanne 97-79 May 22
Game 2 Strasbourg vs. Asvel Basket 77-66 May 29
Game 2 Chalon/Saone vs. Orléans 54-65 May 30
Game 2 BCM Gravelines vs. Le Mans 68-87 May 29
Game 2 Roanne vs. Nancy 81-70 May 29
Game 3 Asvel Basket vs. Strasbourg 88-59 June 2
Game 3 Nancy vs. Roanne 95-82 June 2

LAST GAME GAME 30
May 13, 2009
Day Match Result
May 13 Orléans vs. Strasbourg 78-56
May 13 Besançon vs. PauOrthez 91-83
May 13 Hyeres T. vs. Le Havre 79-85
May 13 Asvel Basket vs. Nancy 76-65
May 13 Cholet vs. Roanne 103-91
May 13 Dijon vs. Gravelines 76-86
May 13 Le Mans vs. Rouen 105-65
May 13 Vichy vs. Chalon/Saône 69-62

NEXT GAME  
Quarterfinals Playoffs 

Match

Asvel (1) vs. Strasbourg (8)

Orleans(2) vs. Chalon/Saone(7)

Le Mans (3) vs. Gravelines (6)

Nancy (4) vs. Roanne (5)











STANDINGS TG W L P+ P-
1 Asvel Basket 30 22 8 2367 2133
2 Orléans 30 21 9 2243 2058
3 Le Mans 30 20 10 2338 2029
4 Nancy 30 20 10 2432 2238
5 Roanne 30 19 11 2393 2345
6 BCM Gravelines 30 17 13 2322 2230
7 Chalon/Saone 30 16 14 2279 2257
8 Strasbourg 30 16 14 2378 2324
9 Cholet 30 15 15 2310 2307
10 Vichy 30 13 17 2027 2090
11 Hyeres Toulon 30 13 17 2368 2436
12 Dijon 30 11 19 2448 2564
13 Rouen 30 11 19 2251 2389
14 Le Havre 30 10 20 2286 2471
15 Besançon 30 9 21 2268 2479
16 Pau-Lacq-Orthez 30 7 23 2235 2595


Always unpredictable and exciting, the French League returns with Sluc Nancy as the new team to beat. Nancy had lost three consecutive French League finals but finally managed to lift its first-ever league trophy last season. Nancy kept the Greer brother, Jeff and Ricardo, as well as Cyril Julian or Victor Samnick while adding John Cox, Steed Tchicamboud. Michel Morandais or Rob Benson, so it is safe to say that Nancy could be ready for a fifth consecutive trip to the title game in Bercy. Le Mans invested well in the off-season market, landing Dee Spencer, David Bluthenthal, Brian Chase, Joao Paulo Batista or Pape Badiane. With Alain Koffi and teen sensation Antoine Diot back in the team, Le Mans could go all the way to the title. Asvel Basket landed Eric Campbell and Ali Traore, brought back Amara Sy and kept Chevy Troutman or Laurent Foirest to stay competitive at the top level. Chorale Roanne renovated its roster with the arrival of Chris Monroe, Taj Gray and Marcellus Sommerville. Le Havre picked up Bingo Merriex, Kentrell Gransberry and Brian Laing while keeping floor general T.J. Thompson. The playoff battle will be hard, as Pau-Orthez will try to bring back its glory days with Jameson Curry, Omar Thomas or Hiram Fuller, Strasbourg signed Brion Rush, John Allen or David Simon while Cholet kept Nando de Colo, Rodrigue Beaubois and Claude Marquis. Chalon inked Stephane Risacher while Gravelines picked up Yannick Bokolo and Cyril Akpomedah in a 2008-09 French League that sounds as interesting as it has ever been.

French League Final: June 20, 2009

Jun 20, 2009 by Euroleague.net Print
Asvel Basket champ French League 2008-09 (photo: asvel.com)A rare single-game final for a national championship has returned Asvel Basket to its historic spot atop the French League after six years of absence. Asvel used a defensive show of force to stop Orleans 55-41 at the neutral venue of Palais Omnisports Paris-Bercy in Paris. The victory gave Asvel its 17th national title, more than any other club in France, but its first since 2002. An incredible 19-0 run in the second quarter turned the game around and set Asvel's defensive tone for the rest of its triumphant performance. Amara Sy, the only double-digit scorer for the winners, with 10 points, was named MVP. Sy also pulled 8 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Three teammates followed him with 8 points each: Ali Traore, who also had 8 rebounds, Eric Campbell and Nebojsa Bogavac. For Orleans, making its first-ever title-game appearance, Cedrick Banks had 13 points and Aldo Curti 8. Asvel became the sixth different champion since the French League went to a one-game final format six years ago, meaning no club has been able to win the title twice in that span.

Amara Sy - Asvel BasketNothing in the early part of the game indicated that Asvel would be able to shut down Orleans almost completely the rest of the way. Orleans followed Banks to a 13-17 lead after one quarter and then used a three-.pointer to open the second ahead by 13-20. Then and there, the game changed for good as Asvel embarked on a game-deciding 19-0 run before a foul shot just before halftime ended the nightmare for Orleans. Still, an experienced Asvel team had a 34-21 lead it its command and did not squander it after the break. Orleans tried to come back, but was hurt by its own bad shooting, 24% from the field and a poor 8-for-20, or 40%, at the foul line. After scoring only 4 points in the second quarter, Orleans was vicitimized again by Asvel's defense in the fourth, making only 7 points to avoid any notion of a comeback. An historic champion, Asvel, was back where it belonged in France, while a young upstart learned a lesson about one-game finals.



Final Playoffs, Single-game Final in Palais Omnisports Paris-Bercy
Record Team Game 1
1 Asvel Basket (1) 55
0 Orléans (2) 41
French League Champion 2008-09: Asvel Basket

Final Playoffs round game
Game 1 Asvel Basket vs. Orléans 55-41 June 20