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The 6 news of the week: Les Bleues have a foothold in Australia, Monaco loses very big in the Euroleague

Didn’t you follow the daily news of French and international basketball this week? Do not panic, the drafting of Basketball Europe summarizes the essentials of what you should not miss from February 5 to 11.

French team: 100th successful for Marine Johannès, the Bleues almost qualified for the World Cup

Deprived of several executives including Sandrine Gruda, the France team presented itself in Belgrade for the qualifying tournament for the 2022 World Cup with a revamped team. Hooked by Mali in the opening – match broadcast on France 4 – for Marine Johannes’ 100th, the Blues have still provided the essentials because three teams out of the four in the group will go to Australia. A victory over Nigeria – fallen in the opening against China – this Friday evening (6 p.m.) would officially allow Les Bleues to compost their ticket.

Euroleague: the Zalgiris hold-up in Monaco, a costly setback

After an almost perfect start to 2022, Monaco missed a golden opportunity to switch to a positive Euroleague record with their surprise defeat against Zalgiris Kaunas on Thursday evening. ASVEL, which finally had a few days off after 11 matches in 24 days, will resume competition this Friday evening against Panathinaikos, and can count on the return of Victor Wembanyama. Otherwise, the action of the week is to the credit of the Greek point guard Kostas Sloukas, who gave the victory to Olympiakos against Anadolu Efes with a 3-pointer at the buzzer, and in extra time.

Betclic Elite: Strasbourg loses John Roberson, Orleans still sticky

In the French championship, Boulogne-Levallois is still – wide – leader thanks to its victory against Le Mans while Cholet, winner of Roanne, gave himself a little air… in an electric atmosphere between coaches. On the other hand, very bad news for the SIG which lost its American leader John Roberson for three to four months (knee) and for Orleans, once again affected by an injury: that of LaMonte Ulmer, absent four to six weeks.

Transfers: Kevin Pangos back in Europe, Limoges announces its new sporting director

The movement of the week is the return of Kevin Pangos to Europe, which is more to CSKA Moscow where he signed a multi-year and very lucrative contract. Bayern Munich leader Vladimir Lucic has extended until 2025. In France, Limoges CSP has chosen Kevin Anstett to succeed Crawford Palmer as sporting director from next season, while DAF Pierre Fargeau will leave independently February 18. Other movements to note: the departures of Lazeric Jones and Mehdy Ngouama from Portel and that of Kevin Dinal (Orléans) to Nantes in Pro B.

BCL/Eurocup: 100% success, David Holston offers victory to Dijon against Galatasaray

On Wednesday evening, the JDA Dijon won in Istanbul against Galatasaray in the BCL Top 16, an important victory acquired thanks to the ardor of the last moments of David Holston. In the same competition, SIG Strasbourg also took a nice step forward by winning against Falco Szombathely, in Hungary. In Eurocup, the leader Will Cummings was once again decisive in the victory of the Metropolitans in Trento while JL Bourg did not play (match postponed against Gran Canaria). The icing on the cake: it was the Frenchman from Partizan Belgrade, Mathias Lessort, who was elected MVP for the 13th day.

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Photo: Marine Johannes (FIBA)

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