Gravelines, Roanne In Fine Fettle

09 November 2009

Gravelines-Dunkerque and Roanne are off to good starts in France but the country's other two EuroChallenge sides, Strasbourg and Elan Chalon, are struggling.

Gravelines improved to 4-2 over the weekend with a 71-64 home triumph over Asvel, the club side coached by France national team boss Vincent Collet.

Ben Woodside had 20 points in the win for Gravelines, who host KK Buducnost on November 24 in their EuroChallenge opener.

Roanne, who will travel to Cyprus and go up against Keravnos in their first game in the European club competition, routed Vichy 97-69.

David Noel torched Vichy with 19 points.

Strasbourg claimed just their second triumph of the campaign, defeating Chalon 105-90.

Terrel Harris had 18 points with six other Strasbourg players reaching double digits.

Blake Schilb scored a game-high 23 points in defeat for Chalon, who had led 52-48 but couldn't hold on and slipped to 1-5.

Strasbourg won and are now 2-4 in France but their coach, Frédéric Sarre, says he is concerned about the trip to Cholet that is coming up.

"I do not really agree with the defensive attitude of my team," he said.

"We were much better defensively in the second half than the first, and the (scoring) stats sheet is impressive, but I am wary of this victory.

"We're going to Cholet, who are renowned for their defense, and I do not think we can repeat these stats.

"(Giving up) Ninety points, it does not suit me so I'll definitely be wary, but we had to win and did."

Cholet, the beaten finalists in last season's EuroChallenge, lead the French league with five wins in six games despite the departure of key players like Nando De Colo to Valencia and Rodrigue Beaubois to the Dallas Mavericks.

Strasbourg's first game in the EuroChallenge is going to be at home to Apoel while Chalon will face a difficult game against Dexia Mons-Hainaut.

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