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Étoile Sportive Saint-Michel Le Portel Côte d'Opale, commonly known as ESSM Le Portel or simply Le Portel, is a professional basketball team based in Le Portel, France. The team currently plays in the Pro A, the first tier in France.

ESSM Le Portel
ESSM Le Portel logo
LeaguesPro A
Founded1931; 88 years ago (1931)
HistoryESSM Le Portel
(1931–present)
ArenaLe Chaudron
Capacity3,500
LocationLe Portel, France
Team colorsGreen, Dark Grey, White
              
Head coachÉric Girard
Websiteessm-basket.fr
Uniforms

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HistoryEdit

In the 2014–15 season, ESSM had a historic run to the Coupe de France Final. They beat Pro A teams Le Mans, Le Havre, ASVEL and reigning French champion Limoges CSP to qualify for their first cup final ever. In the Final they lost 74–87 to SIG Strasbourg.

In the 2015–16 season, Le Portel won the Pro B play-offs which gained the team promotion to the LNB Pro A.[1] In the first Pro A season of the club, they reached the playoffs after they captured the eight-seed. In the following 2017–18 season, Le Portel made its European debut in the FIBA Europe Cup. In this competition, the team reached the quarter-finals, where it lost to Bakken Bears.

PlayersEdit

Current rosterEdit

Note: Flags indicate national team eligibility at FIBA sanctioned events. Players may hold other non-FIBA nationality not displayed.

ESSM Le Portel roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Nat. Name Ht. Age
SF 3   Hilliard, Anthony 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) 33 – (1986-06-28)28 June 1986
PF 5   Traoré, Jean-Victor 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 34 – (1985-06-20)20 June 1985
PG 6   Mangin, Benoît 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 31 – (1988-06-03)3 June 1988
G 8   Bikantchou, Samir Gbetkom 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 21 – (1998-03-23)23 March 1998
PG 10   Curry, Brandyn 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 28 – (1991-02-10)10 February 1991
G/F 11   Harris, Paul 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) 32 – (1986-10-15)15 October 1986
C 14   Ilic, Vladimir 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 19 – (1999-12-02)2 December 1999
F/C 21   Anosike, O.D. 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 28 – (1991-01-03)3 January 1991
PF 30   Crockett, Jeffrey 2.02 m (6 ft 8 in) 27 – (1991-10-16)16 October 1991
SG 44   Akoon-Purcell, DeVaughn 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 26 – (1993-06-05)5 June 1993
SG 72   Drouault, Pierre-Étienne 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 28 – (1990-12-09)9 December 1990
F/C 78   Meite, Vanly 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 20 – (1998-08-07)7 August 1998
G   Harrison, D'Angelo 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 25 – (1993-08-14)14 August 1993
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  •   Injured

Updated: 25 July 2018

Depth chartEdit

Pos. Starting 5 Bench
C
PF Jean-Victor Traoré
SF Jeffrey Crockett Pierre-Étienne Drouault
SG Moses Ehambe
PG Brandyn Curry Benoît Mangin

Notable playersEdit

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ArenasEdit

 
Le Chaudron, the home arena of ESSM since 2015
  • Georges Carpentier (2003–2007)
  • Salle Damrémont (2007–2013)
  • Lycée Giraux-Sannier (2013–2015)
  • Le Chaudron (2015–present)

Season by seasonEdit

 
Former logo of the team (2007–2015)
Season Tier League Pos. W–L French Cup European competitions
2013–14 2 Pro B 5th Round of 32
2014–15 2 Pro B 9th Runner-up
2015–16 2 Pro B 2nd Round of 32
2016–17 1 Pro A 8th
19–17
Quarterfinalist
2017–18 1 Pro A 11th
16–18
Round of 16 4 FIBA Europe Cup QF 14–1–3

European recordEdit

Season Competition Round Club Home Away
2017–18 FIBA Europe Cup QR2   Bnei Herzliya 74–55 74–74  
RS   Donar 60–49 77–72  
  Bosna 101–51 66–86
  Antwerp Giants 94–79 70–73
SR   İstanbul BB 86–49 80–83  
  Nizhny Novgorod 79–72 57–76
  Kataja 90–68 77–82
R16   Dinamo Sassari 100–81 72–55  
QF   Bakken Bears 86–80 76–62  

HonoursEdit

ReferencesEdit