Woodside Shoots, Dribbles And Blogs


9. Benjamin Woodside (BCM Gravelines Dunkerque)
The American point guard has emerged as Gravelines Dunkerque's go-to player, in both the EuroChallenge and the French LNB

BCM Gravelines Dunkerque point guard Ben Woodside is enjoying this year in France, and his friends and family back home are able to follow his movements thanks to the internet.

Woodside, 25, is keeping everyone up to day with his ‘Inside My World' blog.

At the end of each entry appears Joshua 1:9, an Old Testament verse that reads: "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."

That pretty much sums up the way Woodside has been playing for Gravelines.

The 1.80m point guard is as fearless as they come, in France and Europe.

He is leading Gravelines in the EuroChallenge in scoring, averaging 17.3 points per game, and assists (5.1). He is also joint top with Julius Johnson in steals (1.4).

While the life of a professional sports seems glamorous to some, there are hard practices and long bus rides.

One such journey came at the weekend when Gravelines travelled to Vichy.

After Saturday's game, which Gravelines won 75-61, Woodside and his teammates left for home and didn't get back until 7:45 the next morning.

"We bused back after the game and it took seven and a half hours," Woodside wrote in his blog.

"It was an extremely long road trip, however we came away with a win so that makes the trip a little better."

Woodside struggled from the field and scored just nine points, but the Gravelines big men Mouhamed Sene and Dounia Issa shined.

"Both our big men played great games," Woodside said.

"Mo had a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds and Dounia Issa also had a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Jeff Greer was the only other player in double figures with 15 points."

Gravelines have a chance to win the first trophy of the season in France this week because it's the 'Semaine des As', the French Cup Final-Eight.

They have a very tough game on Thursday against Roanne, who currently lead the French top flight.

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