Strasbourg notch up another win

SIG Basketball Strasbourg took their 18th win in the FNL regular season on Saturday April 12, 84-67, against Orleans.  Holding on to the top spot of the Pro-A table, Strasbourg are currently 18 wins and 9 losses.  Dave played 21 minutes scoring 11 points, grabbing four defensive rebounds and one assist for the game.  Jeremy Leloup top scored for SIG with 18 points while Antoine Diot grabbed the most rebounds for the team with five defensive.

Strasbourg win against Nanterre

Nanterre hosted SIG Basketball Strasbourg on Monday April 7.  After holding a six point lead at the major break, the home team could not hang on with Strasbourg coming out firing in the second half shooting 52 to Nanterre’s 32 points with Strasbourg winning the match 93-89.

Dave played 28 minutes scoring 14 points, shooting at 62.5 per cent from the floor, one offensive and two defensive rebounds and had one steal for the game.  Antoine Diot again top scored for Strasbourg with 21 points, 12 assists and five rebounds.  Diot shared top rebounding honours for Strasbourg with Romain Duport with five a piece.

Top of the table Strasbourg host sixth place Orleans on Saturday April 12 in the next FNL game.

Strasbourg top of the table

After dropping game 21 and 22 of the French National League, SIG Basketball Strasbourg is on a three game winning streak and back on top of the table.  Their latest win, against fifth placed Nancy, saw Strasbourg shoot from sixth to first on the FNL table on Monday March 31.Strasbourg held a seven point lead at half time and with an 18-10 final quarter sealed the match winning 84-70.  Dave played 27 minutes in the game, continuing on with his great form shooting eight points, grabbing the top rebounds for the team with two offensive and four defensive  and three assists.  Antoine Diot top scored for the third game in a row with 22 points and 10 assists.

Dave has been showing great form over the past month helping Strasbourg to win number 15 of the season on Tuesday March 25 against Pau-Lacq-Ort 94-74.  Dave played 26 minutes scoring 10 points, five rebounds, two assists and one steal for the game.

In the game against Le Havre on Friday March 15, Dave scored 15 points, three rebounds and two assists in the game that Strasbourg led every quarter and won 96-70.

In the games 21 and 22 of the regular season, Dave posted eight points and 15 points respectively pulling in the top rebounds for the game against Limoges which was a tightly fought game.  Strasbourg went down 76-80 in the game on Monday March 10.

Strasbourg play ninth placed Nanterre on Saturday April 5 in game 26 of the FNL regular season.

Strasbourg slip to third

SIG Basketball Strasbourg have slipped to third place on the FNL Pro-A table after a 12 point loss to Cholet over the weekend.  Cholet took the early lead scoring 29 to SIG Basketball’s 13 in the first quarter and extended the lead to 17 points by the end of the first half.  SIG outscored Cholet in the third and fourth quarter’s but it wasn’t enough for the win going down to Cholet 69-81.  Dave played 17 minutes scoring eight points and grabbing one offensive and five defensive rebounds for the game.  Romain Duport was again the stand out for SIG with 15 points and 10 rebounds.  SIG host ninth placed ASVEL on Saturday March 1 in round 21 of the FNL Pro-A series.

SIG Basketball Strasbourg’s Eurocup campaign over

SIG Basketball Strasbourg played Khimik Yuzhne on Wednesday February 19 in a bid to make it to the Eurocup Eighthfinals.  Khimik came out strong and held a 36-30 lead at half time extending that lead in the second half to win 74-63.  The loss saw SIG finish with two wins and four losses in the Final 32 placing them at fourth on the Group N table.  Dave played 10:59 minutes scoring two points (1-1 2FG M-A) with two defensive rebounds and one assist.  Romain Duport top scored and rebounded for SIG shooting at 100 percent with 18 points and grabbing one offensive and five defensive rebounds.  SIG will now play Cholet on Saturday February 22 in round 20 of the FNL Pro-A series.

Leaders Cup semi final

SIG Basketball Strasbourg played Le Mans in the Leaders Cup 2014 semi final in Disneyland on Saturday February 15.  Le Mans took the lead in the first quarter and led at every break to win the game 89-74. Dave was in the starting five and played 22 minutes, scoring five points and grabbing one offensive and two defensive rebounds.  Paul Lacombe and Antonie Diot shared equal top scoring honours with 15 points each with Lacombe also grabbing the most rebounds for SIG with six boards for the game.  Le Mans advanced to the final of the Leaders Cup against Nanterre winning the final 64-59.

Strasbourg win first game in Leaders Cup

SIG Basketball Strasbourg took the train to Disneyland Paris for the 2014 Leaders Cup.  SIG played Nancy on Friday February 14 overcoming a five point half time deficit to win 79-71. Dave started on the court, playing 24 minutes, scoring six points and grabbing one offensive and two defensive rebounds.  Louis Campbell top scored for SIG with 19 points and Paul Lacombe grabbed the most rebounds with seven boards.  SIG meet Le Mans in the semi final of the Leaders Cup on Saturday February 15.

A quick catch up.

As Dave settles into a new country and team, spoke with him about moving, goals and Aussie summers.  Here’s what he had to say:

Q:  Thinking back to when you were a teenager and you moved to the AIS, then Wollongong and then the big move to Bologna, how do you find moving to a different country? Does it get easier or more challenging as you learn new languages and immerse yourself in different cultures?

 A:Moving to a new country is exciting and fun, but also very difficult. Especially with different languages, it makes getting the normal things we take for granted Hard. Saying that it is a experience I wouldn’t change and grateful for the chance. I never thought I would see so many different cultures. 

Q:  Tell us a bit about your new team?

A:   SIG Basketball Strasbourg is a good team. We have a good blend of experience and young players. We are hoping to win a lot and that is one of reasons for coming here. We have a good coach, who also coaches the French national team, he is good for the players and brings out the best in everyone.

 Q:  Have  you had an opportunity to explore Strasbourg yet?

A:  Not really, it’s been all go with basketball. From what I have seen it’s nice and beautiful. A little cold at moment for my liking but that’s probably because I just came from the Aussie summer. 

Q:  How did you spend yet another Australia Day overseas?

A:  Well I had to train and then had some dinner with teammates. A beer was on the cards also in respect to Australia Day!!

Q:  What are your goals for the next few years?  What do you see yourself doing once you finish playing professionally?

A:  I try not to think too far ahead, right now my goals are to play on for another 2-3 years. A big target is Rio Olympics in 2016.

Q:  Do you have any sporting activities that you do purely for enjoyment rather than for training?

A:  Well I do like golf and my father just bought me a new set of clubs, so I would like to do that but it’s a matter of finding time. 

Q:  How did you enjoy your month or so of Australian summer this year?

A: It was great, I got a taste of a Aussie heat wave, something I haven’t seen for 15years. I got a few chances to hit the beach and had a great opportunity to catch up and spend time with friends and family at home which was great. It wasn’t all play as I keep a strict training regime to stay in shape, but being home was great.

Big win for SIG

SIG Basketball Strasbourg hosted the undefeated and top of the Group N Eurocup table, Alba Berlin, on Tuesday February 11 in a must win game.  In a tightly fought game that had scores level at the major break (37-37) Alba Berlin took the lead early in the third to go into the final quarter five points in front.  A big three from Bootsy Thornton with 44 seconds left in the game put SIG in front which they held onto to win the game 78-75.  Dave played 16:13 minutes scoring three points, grabbing three defensive rebounds and one assist.  Top scorer for SIG was Louis Campbell with 13 points and seven assists while Bootsy Thornton grabbed the most boards for the team with seven defensive rebounds for the game.  SIG Basketball Strasbourg play Khimik Yuzhne in the final game of the Eurocup last 32 on Wednesday February 19.  A win for SIG in this game means they will still have a chance to clinch a place in the Eighth Finals.