ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne was swept 2-0 in the French ProA League quarter final series by Limoges.
ASVEL entered the series full of optimism having lost the regular season encounters by just 3 points and 5 points. Continue reading
Tom Abercrombie had a quiet game for ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne as they cruised to victory, 106-74 against Roanne on Monday.
Abercrombie scored 4 points (2 from 3 f/g) playing just 13 minutes.
The win in the final regular season game of the French National Basketball League season secured ASVEL (17-13) a best of three game quarter final match up with Limoges (20-10).
Seventh placed ASVEL lost both league games against the second placed Limoges this season but with the margins just 3 points and 5 points they will be optimistic about their chances of progressing to the semi-final.
The first game is scheduled for May 12th at Limoges
The surprise news in the past few days has been the jetting-off to the middle east of Mika Vukona.
I’m not sure the Lebanese correspondent for eurobasket.com had done his homework when writing about the Breakers power forward describing him as an “ex international forward”.
He then went on to describe Vukona’s game; “needs to expand the range of his outside shooting because most of his field goals come from lay-ups, also needs to improve his 32% free throw shooting”
Well I doubt Mika has shot 32% free throws since Year 5 in primary school. In fact that has become quite a strong point in his game during the past 18 months. In the last Breakers season he shot a commendable 78% from the charity stripe. In addition that mid range jump shot has become quite a weapon for Vukona.
More research needed from our Lebanese basketball writer I think.
The 2014 SKY CITY Breakers MVP had been anticipating playing a couple of games for the Nelson Giants over Anzac weekend. Instead he answered an SOS call from Tall Blacks coach Nenad Vucinic and within a matter of hours was heading to Lebanon to link up with Vucinic’s club side Byblos. One of the American imports playing for Byblos has suffered an injury and Mika has been called in to provide cover at a critical stage of the season. His stay in Lebanon could be as short as a week as Byblos are involved in a best of three quarter final tie in the Labanese Championship. Byblos won game one against Moutahed 74-65, Mika’s services not required.
Tom Abercrombie has played four games for his new club in France. In his first game for ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne he only logged a couple of minutes having had just one training session with his new team mates following his arrival from NZ. Since then he has been playing good minutes although not required to take on too much offensive responsibility. ASVEL are in 8th place in the league with two regular season game remaining, one more win will secure them a play-off berth. Their next game is Tuesday night (NZ time).
Gary Wilkinson has returned to Puerto Rico to link up with club side Indios de Mayaguez, the team he played for in 2013. Wilkinson is averaging 16.6pts/7.1 rebounds but Mayaguez languish ninth in a ten team league.
Tom Abercrombie departed Auckland airport on Monday afternoon bound for Lyon, France.
He is joining Asvel Lyon-Villeurbanne until the end of the French season. The French club is currently 14-11, sitting 5th on the Pro A League ladder, two wins behind the league leaders Le Mans. Continue reading