Sarre Makes No Apologies For Big Road Win At EiffelTowers


Strasbourg have been enduring an almighty struggle in the French top flight this season but Europe is proving to be a different story.

After falling to their seventh defeat in nine LNB games over the weekend at Roanne, Frederic Sarre's men travelled to the Netherlands and won a high-scoring affair against EiffelTowers Den Bosch, 90-85.

Tremmell Darden erupted for a game-high 26 points for Strasbourg, who won for the second time in a row in the EuroChallenge after last week's 76-67 home triumph over Apoel.

A team that prides itself on defense and rebounding, EiffelTowers, winners at Khimik in Ukraine last week, were torn to shreds by Strasbourg.

While drinking a beer and sitting alongside EiffelTowers coach Don Beck in the terrific post-game press conference atmosphere at Den Bosch, Sarre revealed: "We had very little information on the kind of game they play.

"But I think my team, quite simply, did a good job of playing at a certain level for the whole of the game.

"And that is to focus on everything we have to do, to be in a fight. "

Sarre had no complaints with the job his players did on offense.

They always made the extra pass to find the open man, one reason why Den Bosch gave up an uncharacteristically high 90 points.

"We know that we have to have a very efficient offense and I think in this game, we had a very good passing game, trying to find the open guy," Sarre said.

"The result is that we have a big efficiency in our shooting - 63% (22 of 35) on two points and 50% (12 of 24) on three-pointers. So I think it was a very good game on the offensive part."

Last season, Cholet represented France in the Final of the EuroChallenge.

It's a long way to go but who knows? Maybe Strasbourg will have a dream run this year to the title game.

Sarre does expect his team to get better and better as the season unfolds.

"Defensively, there are lots of things to say (about the game)," Sarre said. "But as I said to Tremmell, this is a young team and we have to try build this piece by piece, like a puzzle so today (Tuesday night, I'm very happy."

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