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Total League Preview Part 2 - Sep 29, 2017


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PAUL MISSAVAGE
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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 experience for them.

Extensions: Head Coach Alexandre Pires (2nd Season) and Assistant Coach Peter Lorkowski
New Arrivals: Gilles Kerschen (Nitia), Max Berens (T71), Charel Oly (Etzella) and Gilles Poos (East Side Pirates)
New Import players: Ryan Logan (Stomehill College/USA and David Sturner
Departures: Pit Kerger (retired) and Gabriel Rodrigues (Kordallsteelers)
Local Players: Captain Joel Thesen, Borbon Anderson, Chris Zender,, Jemp Kunnert, Steve Barzacca, Louis Kohn, Tim Schomer, Yves Bellwald. Luca Difino and Leo Hoffmann

Musel Pikes

Muse Pikes is the one team that is sure to give Amicale Steinsel a big challenge every time they play. This team is very capable of winning the double. Frank Baum is in his third straight season now and has molded this group into believing it can win every night. They are young, talented and deep. With the addition of Australian Mike Nwelue, they look to have a very promising future.

Extensions: Coach Frank Baum (3rd Season), Import Jamar Gulley, Assistant Coach Guy Schmit
New Arrivals: Import Mike Nwelue (Noarlunga City Southern Tigers/Austrailia)
Departures: 2016-17 Total League MVP Import Clancy Rugg (Basket Esch)
Local Players: Jean Kox, Tom Welter, Laurent Schwartz, Joe Kalmes, Tom Nesser, Tom Steffen, Eric Steffen, Christophe Donnerbach, Tom Schoner and Raphael Martin

Racing

Racing destroyed National 2 last season and moved up to the Total League. Coach Mike Oppland moved on the coach in Finland and Import Mark Ogden also departed. Scott Morton remains with new head coach Etienne Louvrier to try and see what they can do now at the higher level. Morton, a big,strong and quick combo guard is a great all around who is a tremendous team leader and motivator who brings high energy and a hate to lose mentality which has rubbed off on his teammates. Time will tell if he can continue to lead this young group to achieve their only goal to remain in the Total League.

Extensions: Import Scott Morton (Captain)
New Arrivals: Head Coach Etienne Louvrier (BBC Loyers-Belgium), Olivier Braun (Residence) and Import Eric McAlister (Korihait/Finland
Departures: Head Coach Mike Oppland (Lahti/Finland) and Import Mark Ogden
Local Players: Max Hilger, Giorgio Ribald, Gaetan Bernimont, Michael Knaff, Mathieu Gillardin, David Renig and Louis Soragna

Residence

Rainer Kloss, in his 2nd season at the helm at Residence had brought in some talent and some experience signing veteran Luxembourgish Guard Patrick Arbaut and three new imports. Residence will now be much deeper team with a higher goal for this season. The playoffs look possible but they must come out and be ready each night as the middle of the pack can be tough sometimes. They're going to have to find the right combination of players on the court to achieve this goal. The defense must improve if they are to have ultimate success because the offense seems to look like they are capable of scoring some high numbers.

Extensions
New arrivals: Patrick Arbaut (Basket Esch), Imports: Austin Freeman (Berme Viola Basket Reggio Calabria/Italy), Vincent Bailey (Fath US de Rabat/ Morocco)and Non-JICL Guillaume Chaussy (Sluc Nancy Basket/France)
Departures: Olivier Braun (Racing) Pit Hoffmann (retired)
Local Players: Olivier Vujakovic, Kevin Moura, Ted Schlemer, Vic Heuschling, Captain Max Schmit , Frank Jacoby, and Paolo Zahlen

Sparta

Coach Giberti is replaced by new Head Coach Ricoux. Sparta has an interesting mix of older and younger players. Their two imports remain, but is it enough to defeat Contern, Racing and Residence? This could be a team that may fight to stay in the league. Their goal of reaching the playoffs will be a difficult one.

Extensions: Import Players: Brad Reese and Titus Robinson
New Arrivals: Head Coach Arnaud Ricoux (1st Season) (Berck/Rang du Fliers/NM2 France) and Mike Feipel (Bascharage) Philippe Arendt (Racing)
Departures: Coach Philippe Giberti
Local Players: Captain Xavier Engel, Dean Gindt, Mihailo Andjelkovic, Pol Schwartz, Bob Savic, Nicolas Hittelet, Victor Stein, Thierry Abdiu and Yannick Verbeelen

T71

Dudelange made some big changes with the new coach and addition of Eric Jeitz, Lombardelli and Sunnen. The core is back with Tom Schumacher, Dennell Stephens, Corey Johnson and several key role players returning. The bench is deep, but not all that talented. However, they will always put up a fight and never give up. Leadership and experience from the veteran players will be important. Jeitz and Schumacher will reunite and lead this team to the playoffs for sure. This club always sets it sights on winning the double. It will not be easy, but they are very capable.

Extensions: Imports Dennell Stephens and Corey Johnson
New Arrivals: Head Coach Pascal Meurs, Eric Jeitz (Amicale), Luca Lombardelli (Bascharage) and Vincent Sunnen (BC Mess) and Assistant Coach Christian Wulff
Returning from Studying Abroad: Claude Bemtgen
Departures: Head Coach Philip Dejworek (FLBB), Eric Anderson, Max Berens (Heffingen), Gilles Ruffato (retired)
Taking a break: Christopher Jones
Local Players: Captain Tom Schumacher, Steve Lanners, Ben Hurt, Steve Binna, Tom Bemtgen, Michael M'Putu and Christophe Laures   



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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]
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