Brandon Davies and his ES Chalon-Sur-Saone teammates had a rough go of it as they lost their fourth game in fifth tries with a 74-59 setback to SLUC Nancy Basket Pro on Saturday.

Davies had a tough outing against Nancy with nine points on 3-for-9 shooting from the floor, including 1-for-2 from beyond the arc and just 2-of-4 from the free-throw line. He added five rebounds, including two on the offensive end with a steal and a block in 26 minutes on the floor.

He wasn’t the only player that struggled for Chalon as the team fell to 12-14 on the season. Chalon had a hard time shooting the ball all game long, making 20-of-54 shots from the floor, including just 5-for-16 from 3-point range. They also struggled from the free-throw line where they hit on just 14-of-24 attempts.

Anthony Ireland (Loyola Marymount) led the way for Chalon with 16 points on 7-for-10 shooting from the field, including 2-for-2 from distance with three rebounds and three assists. Marcus Dove (Oklahoma State) also reached double figures in scoring with 10 points, but shot just 3-for-11 from the floor. He added six rebounds and a pair of steals in 25 minutes. Jason Rich (Florida State) added five points, six rebounds and three assists while Ilian Evitmov (North Carolina State) chipped in with seven points and two helpers.

Vaughn Duggins (Wright State) and Florent Pietrus carried the load for Nancy in the win. Duggins finished with 21 points on 8-for-17 shooting from the field, including 3-for-7 from long-range with four rebounds and two assists while Pietrus had 20 points on 7-for-8 shooting from the field with a team-high nine rebounds and two steals while playing all 40 minutes.

Randal Falker (Southern Illinois) added 10 points on 50 percent shooting with seven rebounds, two assists and two blocks while Benjamin Sene chipped in with nine points, eight assists and seven boards.

Up next for Davies and Chalon is a matchup with Champagne Chalons-Reims Basket. Chalon-Reims in eighth in the ProA league standings with a record of 13-12, including six wins in the last seven games. The roster is loaded with talent who prepped in the NCAA which includes some names from big-time programs.

Mark Payne (UC-Davis) leads the offensive attack, averaging 14.9 points to go along with 5.3 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.2 steals. Darryl Watkins (Syracuse) and Tasmin Mitchell (LSU) are also putting up big numbers. Watkins is averaging 12.6 points on 56 percent shooting with eight rebounds, 1.3 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.1 blocks while Michell has 10.4 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.2 assists a night. Other notable names are Da’Sean Butler (West Virginia) who is averaging 10.5 points and 5.2 rebounds as well as Michel Morandais (Colorado) who chips in with 9.2 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.6 assists.

All statistical information from Eurobasket.com.

The New Orleans Pelicans overcame a sluggish start to knock off the DeMarcus Cousins led Sacramento Kings 102-88 in the Smoothie King Center on Friday night.

After scoring just 18 points in the first 12 minutes, the Pelicans got the offense going with 28 points in each of the last three quarters as they improved to 38-34 on the season.

Tyreke Evans led the way for New Orleans in the win with 25 points on 10-for-15 shooting from the floor with 10 assists and three rebounds. Anthony Davis also had a big night even though he didn’t shoot the ball well. He finished with 24 points on 11-of-26 shooting from the field to go along with nine rebounds and six blocks. Quincy Pondexter added 16 points on the strength of a 4-for-8 shooting performance from long-range with five rebounds and two steals while Norris Cole managed 12 points on 5-for-8 shooting, including 2-for-3 from beyond the arc. Omer Asik led the Pelicans on the glass with a team-high 12 rebounds.

Cousins had a dominating performance against New Orleans, but he had very little help along the way as the Kings fell to 26-46 on the season. He totaled 39 points on 16-for-28 shooting from the floor to go along with 20 rebounds, three blocks and two assists. Rudy Gay added 18 points and four rebounds while Omri Casspi had 10 points on 50 percent shooting.

Jimmer Fredette did not play again as the backup guard minutes went to Cole and the reacquired Toney Douglas. Cole saw the floor for 23 minutes while Douglas played 13 minutes and had five points on 2-for-4 shooting from the field with five assists and a rebound.

It is the second game in a row that Fredette got the DNP-CD and the eighth time in 11 games. With the re-acquisition of Douglas, chances are that Fredette won’t see much more time for the rest of the season. If that is the case, it will be a tough end for a season that looked to have so much promise. Fredette started out the preseason with four straight games scoring in double figures while getting decent minutes. He shot the ball well from the floor (19-for-33) and was locked in from 3-point range (10-for-18). When the regular season came around, the minutes didn’t follow. After playing more than 16 minutes in six of seven preseason games, he only got that chance twice in the first 30 games of the regular season. In fact, he has played more than 16 minutes in a game just 12 times in 72 chances.

Up next for Fredette and the Pelicans is a Sunday afternoon matchup with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

A strong first and fourth quarter wasn’t enough as the New Orleans Pelicans suffered a crushing 95-93 defeat at the hands of the Houston Rockets in the Smoothie King Center on Wednesday night.

The Pelicans started out the game on fire and led 34-19 after one, but couldn’t find the range during the next two periods as the Rockets took control. Houston outscored New Orleans 59-36 in the middle two quarters before holding on for the win.

With the loss, the Pelicans’ playoff hopes are getting very slim. They are three and a half games out of the last playoff stop in the west held by the Oklahoma City Thunder with just 11 games to play.

James Harden led the way for the Rockets in the return of Dwight Howard. Harden finished with 25 points on 9-for-20 shooting from the field to go along with a game-high 10 assists, and six rebounds. Trevor Ariza and Donatas Motiejunas also had monster showings in the win. Ariza totaled 22 points on 9-for-13 shooting from the floor with nine rebounds, five assists and three steals while Motiejunas had 21 points on 10-for-16 shooting to go along with eight rebounds and two steals. Howard managed just four points on 2-for-3 shooting with seven rebounds and two assists in 16 minutes of action.

Tyreke Evans was back on the floor for the Pelicans and did most of the damage on the offensive end with a game-high 28 points on 10-for-16 shooting from the floor, including 4-for-6 from 3-point range. He added seven assists, two rebounds and two steals but also had a game-high six turnovers. Anthony Davis also had a big night for New Orleans with 24 points on 50 percent shooting from the field, but made just 6-of-14 attempts from the charity stripe. He added 14 rebounds, three steals and three blocks in 44 minutes. The only other player to reach the double figure mark in scoring on the night was Quincy Pondexter who ended up with 10 points on 4-for-10 shooting to go along with six rebounds.

Jimmer Fredette did not play as coach Monty Williams used just eight players in the loss. While not shocking, it was a curious move considering the offensive struggles that guards Eric Gordon and Norris Cole had in the game. Gordon finished with just six points on 0-for-5 shooting from the field with three assists in 42 minutes while Cole had four points on 2-for-9 shooting from the floor, including 0-for-2 from distance with two assists and two turnovers in 18 minutes.

On the season, Fredette is averaging 3.8 points on the strength of 95.6 percent shooting from the free-throw line with 1.2 assists and nearly a rebound in 10.6 minutes a game.

Up next for Fredette and the Pelicans is a Friday night matchup with the Sacramento Kings.