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.