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Total League under way! Here is an early season look at each team. We start with Contern, Etzella, Basket Esch and Amicale Steinsel - Sep 28, 2017


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2017-18 ''Total League'' N1 Luxembourg Season Preview

Amicale Steinsel

Amicale Steinsel is still the team to beat. They won the double last season (Cup Champion and Total League Champion) and they are the clear favourites to win both titles again in 2017-18. They displayed preseason strength with impressive wins against international competition (Leiden ZZ, . US-player Coleman enters his second year in the country and should get even better than last year playing alongside the experienced McDaniel, who is always a dangerous player. Steinsel can run up the score quickly with a Coleman, Melcher, Picard, Koster and McDaniel starting lineup. However, if they become too complacent, there are some teams capable of beating them on a given night. They must be prepared and ready because each team in the league will be gunning to shoot them down.

Extensions:
Coach Ken Diedrich (6th Season) and Assistant Coach Jeff Wampach
Imports: Billy McDaniel, Shavon Coleman
Local Players: Pitt Koster, Bob Melcher, Samp Picard (Captain), Jo Hoeser, Jonas Theisen, Noah Meteor and Bjorn Molitor,
New arrivals: Yann Wolff (Etzella)
Departures:
Alex Laurent (Den Helder Suns - NL)
Eric Jeitz (T-71)

Basket Esch

High expectations for this young talented group from Esch. The brothers combination of Joe and Pit Biever along with veteran pivot player Alex Rodenbourg, plus 17-year old talent Ben Kovac will lead this team as they try to make the playoffs. Last year's Total League Clancey Rugg is a huge addition. They are very capable of making a run both in the cup and for the championship of the Total League.

Import Players: Clancy Rugg (203-F/C-91, college: Vermont, agency: Court Side) (Musel Pikes) and Jordan Hicks (Cherbourg-F)
New Arrivals: Head Coach Sylvain Lautie (1st Season)
Steve Kuhlmann (Bascharage)
Assistant Coach: Vincent Geverey
Kuhlmann (Bascharage)
Local players: Ben Kovac, Pt Biever, Joe Biever, Alex Rodenbourg, Julien Lessel, Luis DeBrito Martins, Eric Kessler, Denilson Ramos Fonseca and Jeffry Monteiro Neves
Departures:
Coach Franck Meriguet (AB Contern)
Patrick Arbaut (Residence)
Stefan Svitek (career end)
Tom Donnersbach (Telstar)

AB Contern

Contern will be lead by captain Raul Birenbaum this season. They have high expectations with a goal of reaching the play-offs. With the addition of Tim Steffen (BC Mess and a new experienced Head Coach in Franck Meriguet along with two new talented imports they should be a team to be reckoned with, but time will tell where they will end up.

New Import Players: Xavier Ford (University of Buffalo NY) and Jayden Bland (Salt Lake Stars-USA)
New Arrivals: Head Coach Franck Meriguet (1st Season)and Tim Steffen (BC Mess) and Assistant coach Louis Wennig
Local Players: Captain Raul Birenbaum, Rene Wolzfeld, Yann Besch, Daniel Weyrich, Christophe Mertzig, Alain Gengler, Ben Goergen, Marc Thoma, Andy Eicke and Olivier Cano
Departures:David Torres (Black Star) and Head Coach Love

Etzella

The Era of Nelson Delgado has come to an end. It will be very difficult to replace the best JICL ever to play in Luxembourg. His cousin however is Jairo Delgado. He must assume the leadership and scoring role that was lost with Nelson's departure. Philippe Gutenkauf, Gilles Polfer, Frederick Gutenkauf and a handful of other young players have to now need to step up if Etzella wants to make the playoffs and make a run at the title. Billy McNutt and Eric Barden return as solid imports and Kresimir Basic returns to Etzella at the helm bringing a new philosophy and a new energy. New arrival Tim Schmit (T71) should add valuable minutes and produce some extra scoring.

Extensions: Import Players: Derrick Barden and Billy McNutt and Assistant Coach Trenton Wurtz
New Arrivals: Coach Kresimir Basic and Tim Schmit (T71)
Departures: Coach Jan Enjebo, Nelson Delgado (retired) Yann Wolff (Amicale Steinsel) and Derek Wilson Jr. (Arantia Larochette)

Come back later when we will cover the other six Total League teams: Musel Pikes, T71 Dudelange, Heffingen, Residence Walferdange, Sparta Bertrange and Racing Luxembourg.   



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Total League Preview Part 2- Sep.29, 2017  (by Paul)

Heffingen Heffingen came up from National 2 last season. They have many new faces and several players returning. Still trying to piece together the import situation, Coach Pires has a big challenge to keep this team from falling back down from the Total League. They have their work cut out for them but have nothing to lose and will fight to try to stay in the league when the play downs begin. For several players, it will be their first time to play at this level and will be a growing exp... [read more]
Total League under way! Here is an early season look at each team. We start with Contern, Etzella, Basket Esch and Amicale Steinsel- Sep.28, 2017  (by Paul)

2017-18 ''Total League'' N1 Luxembourg Season Preview Amicale Steinsel Amicale Steinsel is still the team to beat. They won the double last season (Cup Champion and Total League Champion) and they are the clear favourites to win both titles again in 2017-18. They displayed preseason strength with impressive wins against international competition (Leiden ZZ, . US-player Coleman enters his second year in the country and should get even better than last year playing alongside the experienc... [read more]
Cup of Luxembourg 1/16 finals matches drawn!!- Sep.22, 2017  (by Paul)

On Friday, September 22nd, the 1/16-finals of the Cup of Luxembourg were drawn. The top six teams of last season's Total League do not have to play in this first round. Esch - Kordall Steelers (+10) Telstar - Mamer (+10) Zolwer - Bascharage Arantia - Kayl (+10) Hiefenech - Walfer Woltz (+10) - Miersch East Side Pirates (+10) - Mondorf Preizerdaul (+10) - Schieren BC Mess (+10) - Racing Gorengewald drew a bye in the first round. [read more]
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