Basketball In Europe
|France international guard Yannick Bokolo was voted the Semaine des As MVP|
Bokolo MVP As Gravelines Claim Semaine Des As
BCM Gravelines-Dunkerque will be sky high going into their EuroChallenge Last 16 clash at Norrköping Dolphins in Sweden after winning the Semaine des As in Pau, France.
The club won the event for the first time in its history.
Yannick Bokolo, the France international who played for Vincent Collet at EuroBasket 2009, had 23 points and led Gravelines to a 79-71 triumph over Chalon/Saône in Sunday's final.
Bokolo was named MVP of the event, though Ben Woodside was also outstanding for the cup winners.
Woodside had 17 points, eight assists and nine rebounds and finished with a game-best valuation of 24.
Trailing 41-39 at half-time, Gravelines edged ahead into a 59-57 lead by the end of the third quarter and prevailed.
Bokolo said he and his teammates were supremely confident at the break, despite being behind.
"For us it was cool," he said.
"We knew we had a lot of freshness.
"At halftime, when they were up by two, it made me smile because it's easier to give everything when you're behind than in front.
|Ron Lewis was Dexia's top scorer in their Belgian Cup quarter-final win over VOO Verviers-Pepinster|
"I knew we would give everything in the last quarter."
Gravelines are 3-0 in the EuroChallenge.
Dexia, Antwerp Prevail
Dexia Mons-Hainaut will be full of confidence this week in their EuroChallenge Last 16 home game against KRKA Novo Mesto after advancing to the Belgium Cup semi-finals and then defeating Okapi Aalstar in the league.
In their Cup triumph, Dexia had to overcome a 72-65 first-leg defeat at VOO Verviers-Pepinster and did so in style, winning the home leg 76-62.
Arik Shivek's side got 16 points from Ron Lewis and 12 apiece from Sebastien Bellin and Ronell Taylor in the triumph.
On Saturday, Dexia edged Generali Okapi Aalstar 94-91 with Marcus Hatten pouring in 19 points, Justin Cage 17, Lewis 16, Ahmad Nivins 15 and Ronell Taylor 14.
Dexia are 1-2 in the EuroChallenge Last 16 Group J while KRKA are 2-1.
Antwerp Giants are in Group J, too, and travel to Turkey to meet Pinar Karsiyaka (3-0).
The Giants had a confidence-boosting 71-61 victory over Belgacom Liege.
Timothy Black had 26 points for the Giants, who are 0-3 in the Last 16.