ES Chalon-Sur-Saone fell into a six-way tie for seventh place in the France ProA league with a 80-79 setback to Asvel Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket on Saturday.
Brandon Davies had his worst game since joining Chalon/Saor. He totaled four points on 2-for-9 shooting from the floor, including 0-for-2 from 3-point range to go along with seven rebounds (four on the offensive end) and three assists in 26 minutes of action.
Jason Rich (Florida State) led the way for Chalon/Saor in the loss with 27 points on the strength of a 6-for-7 shooting performance from behind the arc as well as five assists, four rebounds and two steals. Anthony Ireland (Loyola Marymount) and Marcus Dove (Oklahoma State) also had solid showings in the loss. Ireland finished with 15 points on 5-for-9 shooting from the floor and 4-for-4 shooting from the free-throw line with seven assists and three rebounds while Dove totaled 11 points on 50 percent shooting from the floor with a team-high eight rebounds and two steals. Ilian Evitmov (North Carolina State) chipped in with nine points, four rebounds and three assists off the bench.
Asvel was led by Alex Acker (Pepperdine) who registered 21 points on a 5-for-8 shooting night from 3-point land with three rebounds, three assists and a pair of steals. David Anderson and Ahmad Nivins also had big games in the win. Anderson had 17 points on 6-for-10 shooting from the floor, including 2-for-2 from distance with three rebounds and two assists in 20 minutes while Nivins (St. Joseph’s) added 16 points on 5-for-7 shooting from the floor and a perfect 6-for-6 from the free-throw line. He added nine rebounds, three assists and two steals in 28 minutes on the floor. Livio Jean-Charles managed 10 points and four rebounds while Trenton Meacham (Illinois) chipped in with seven points, seven assists and four boards.
Up next for Davies and Chalon/Saor is a matchup with Entente Orleans 45. Orleans has a record of 6-16 on the season, including 10 losses in their last 12 games. They has several familiar faces for college basketball fans, including Sean May and Davis Noel from North Carolina as well as Kyle McAlarney from Notre Dame and Brian Greene from Colorado State. May leads the way with 15.2 points on 50 percent shooting from the floor with 6.8 rebounds and 3.5 assists. McAlarney is second on the team with 12.2 points on 60.9 percent shooting and 89.3 percent from the free-throw line. Noel chips in with 10.7 points on 46.4 percent shooting from 3-point land with 4.8 rebounds and three assists while Greene is averaging 10.5 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.2 steals.