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Frédéric Brouillaud will not be the main man on the Roanne bench after Tuesday night's EuroChallenge game at BK Prostejov, but at least he's done his part in bringing some stability to a club that was losing one game after another.
Serving as interim coach following the removal of boss Jean Denys Choulet, Brouillaud guided the team to a home win over BC Goverla in midweek and on Saturday evening led the side to an 80-58 triumph over Dijon.
"Everything came together to make a good game," Brouillaud said, stressing "the individual state of mind," "compliance with the instructions" and "defensive commitment" of his players.
Brouillaud will soon give way to new boss Luka Pavicevic, the ex-Alba Berlin coach.
Roanne are in seventh place, just one victory adrift of fellow EuroChallenge outfit Chalon.
Blake Schilb erupted for 24 points but it wasn't enough for Chalon in their meeting with ASVEL as they crashed to an 86-63 defeat.
Ilian Evtimov had been in good form from long range but he missed all five of his attempts against ASVEL.
Pau-Lacq-Orthez stopped the rot but needed overtime to do it.
They prevailed 89-84 over Nanterre with Teddy Gipson scoring 24 points and dishing out 12 assists.
Losers of five consecutive games in France, Orthez were in dire need of a win.
Orthez also recently had a coaching change with Laurent Vila put in charge.
Vila had spoken with a sense of urgency before the Nanterre game, stressing the need for Orthez to play as a team on both ends of the floor.
But he also claimed: "The situation does not prevent me from sleeping."
His team had so many highs and lows against Nanterre it may have been difficult to sleep after the contest, though.
Pau jumped out to a 29-18 lead, only to then trail 42-41 at half-time.
Playing in front of their home fans, Vila's men went back in front 60-53 by the end of the third quarter but ended up being knotted at 73-73 at the end of regulation.
Thankfully for Vila, they won in overtime and will now have some confidence going into Tuesday's EuroChallenge encounter at Artland Dragons.
Artland have been red hot in Germany, with their victims at the weekend fellow EuroChallenge outfit BG Göttingen.
David Holston hit three of five shots from long range and had a game-high 24 points against the Violets.
Artland are now 6-3 and in fourth place in Germany's top flight.
"It certainly wasn't a pretty game, but we defended well," Dragons coach Stefan Koch said.
"Fortunately, David Holston was again very strong.
"I am most pleased with how we have remained defensively in the game, as the attack did not work.
"We have managed to hold Göttingen in the last quarter to only four points."
Göttingen coach Stefan Mienack stressed the positives from his team's performance.
"We have acted with the right intensity," he said.
"We played with the energy that we had missed in recent games.
"We played better as a team.
"The bad shooting rate can't be attributed to anything special."
Bonn slumped to an 87-76 defeat to BBC Bayreuth and Oldenburg, fresh off their big win over Fuenlabrada in Group A of the European competition, received 19 points from Ronald Burrell in an 86-70 drubbing of Phoenix Hagen.
Spain, Slovakia and Georgia
Fuenlabrada bounced back from their heavy defeat at Oldenburg by winning at home against Gran Canaria in Spain's Liga Endesa, 69-65.
Kirk Penny's 17 points led Fuenlabrada as 5,020 fans looked on.
Next up is a game in the EuroChallenge at Bemaco SPU Nitra for Fuenlabrada.
Nitra, 0-2 in Europe, won 80-63 over Komarno in Slovakia after receiving 17 points from Denis Clemente.
Besiktas, meanwhile, came back down to earth in Turkey after opeining the season with five straight wins.
Pinar Karsiyaka came within a whisker of upsetting Fenerbahce Ulker.
They got 29 points from Mire Chatman but lost to Fener, 77-75.
Turk Telekom were also winners in Turkey, beating Mersin, 88-82.
Turk Telekom and Karsiyaka are 1-1 in the EuroChallenge going into this week's games.
Olin Edirne beat Antalya 78-73 to improve their record to 2-4.
Vladimir Stimac was red hot with 25 points for Gökhan Tastimur's side, who travel to Moscow Region to take on Triumph Lyubertsy on Tuesday.
Minsk, Triumph fall
BC "Minsk-2006" have won two straight in the EuroChallenge but they weren't able to ride that momentum to a victory in the VTB United League against Lokomotiv Kuban.
They had been knotted at 59-59 with three minutes to go in the third quarter but Lokomotiv played better down the stretch.
Aliaksandr Kudrautsau had 23 points in defeat.
Spartak Saint Petersburg romped to a 93-66 victory over Triumph Lyubertsy, who are 2-0 in the EuroChallenge.