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 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.
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.
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.
As Dave settles into a new country and team, www.davidandersen.com.au 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.
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.
SIG Basketball Strasbourg notched up another win on Saturday February 8 in the FNL securing top place on the Pro A table. The game against 15th placed Olympique Antibes got off to a shaky start with Antibes holding the lead at the end of the first quarter (16-18) and half time (38-39). SIG came out in the second half and stormed away with a 26-10 third quarter to be up 64-49 at the final break going on to win the game 79-67. Dave played 14 minutes scoring 13 points (2-5 2PM-A, 2-4 3PM-A, 3-4 FTS) with two offensive and two defensive rebounds and two assists. Bootsy Thornton top scored for SIG with 14 points and Tim Abromaitis pulled in top rebounds with six for the game. SIG Basketball Strasbourg play their next Pro-A game against 13th placed Cholet on Saturday February 22.
SIG Basketball Strasbourg claimed top spot on the French National League (FNL) Pro-A table with a win over Paris-Levall on Tuesday February 4. Before the game, SIG was sitting in sixth place while Paris-Levall sat at fifth spot on the table but a 75-58 win soon changed that. Paris-Levall held a five point lead at half time but SIG came out in the third and fourth quarters scoring 22-10 and 26-16 to win the game by 15 points. Dave played 17 minutes scoring four points (4-4 free throws), grabbing three defensive rebounds and two assists. Ricardo Greer top scored for SIG with 17 points while Greer also shared top rebounding honours with Paul Lacombe with six a piece for the game. Sig Basketball Strasbourg play 15th placed Antibes on Saturday February 8 in their next FNL game before playing Alba Berlin on February 11 in the Eurocup.
Wednesday 29th January saw Dave play in his first Eurocup game with SIG Basketball. Sitting in third spot in group N of the last 32, SIG Basketball played Radnicki Kragujevac in Serbia who were sitting one below them on the table. Dave played 22.19 minutes scoring 11 points (4-7 2pts 1-2 3pts) grabbing three offensive and three defensive rebounds and three assists. Bootsy Thornton top scored with 21 points for the game while Dave pulled in the highest rebounds for SIG with his six boards. Radnicki Kragujevic won the game 92-82 which sees them take third spot on the Group N table with SIG now at fourth. SIG Basketball play top placed Alba Berlin in their next Eurocup game on Tuesday 11th February.
After signing with French team SIG Basketball Strasbourg for the remainder of the 2013/14 season, Dave took the court on Monday 27th January against Le Mans and showed his new team that they made a great choice in signing him. Shooting at 80%, 20 points for the game (4-5 2pts and 4-5 3pts) with four defensive rebounds and two assists in his 23 minutes on court Dave helped SIG Basketball Strasbourg to an 86-79 win, pushing the team to third place on the French National League (FNL) Pro-A table. Sporting the number 7 singlet, Dave looked right at home with SIG, watch some highlights from SIGTV here. For all of the latest news and video from SIG Basketball Strasbourg (in French) visit the SIG Basketball Strasbourg official website.