Le Mans Sarthe Basket

Le Mans Sarthe Basket, commonly known as MSB or Le Mans, is a professional basketball club that is from the city of Le Mans, France. The team plays in the French League and internationally in the Basketball Champions League.

Le Mans
Le Mans logo
LeaguesPro A
Champions League
Founded1939; 82 years ago (1939)
HistorySCM Le Mans
Le Mans Sarthe Basket
LocationLe Mans, France
Team colorsOrange, Grey, White
PresidentChristophe Le Bouille
Championships5 French Championships
4 French Cups
3 Leaders Cups


The Modern Sport Club (1939–1993)Edit

In 1928, French businessmen, Léopold Gouloumés arrived at the city Mans and founded the food association: the Société des Comptoirs Modernes. Like many other industries at the time, him and Bernard Gasnal, founded their own sport club called Goulou Club in 1938. But in September 1939 the Second World War broke out and the men were needed to fight. With the male absent, women decided to persuade the Goulou Club into creating a basketball team for them.

In 1941, the French government prohibited sport clubs to use the name of an industry so the Goulou Club changed its name to Modern Sporting Club.

In 1952, Le Mans frills won the title of champions of France. Then following that success Bernard Gasnal founded a men's team. In 1963 the team joined the elite.

The following years from 1969 to 1970 was very successful, they won the French Cup in 1964 and the French League championship in 1978 and 1979.

After the euphoria of the European games, the club was struggling to survive due to the rising dominance of CSP Limoges and Pau-Orthez

The SCM existed after the MSB was created and was concerned about the amateur part of the association.

In continuation (since 2008)Edit

The 2008–2009 season will be more prosperous for the club. In addition to a third place in the regular season followed by a semi-final playoffs (defeated against Orleans), the MSB makes a superb double in gleaning the week of "As" (74-64 victory facing Orleans in the final) then the French Cup (79-65 victory against Nancy in the Final at Bercy). Best of all, Alain Koffi, whom formed the club, is elected the French MVP of the season. However, in Euroleague, the MSB finished again last in their group with two thin victories in ten games.

Despite the departure of several executives in the off season such as Alain Koffi or Nicolas Batum, the MSB plays always the leading roles in the league in 2009 – 2010 because after having a long time to be the first of the regular season, the club finally finished behind Cholet. The two teams meet in the championship final, but Cholet wins the derby at the top (81-65). Le Mans compete in the Eurocup but are eliminated on the wire in the first round. In 2014, the MSB won the Cup leaders.

Since the 21st of May in 2014, the MSB has been trained by Turkish Erman Kunter, former coach of Cholet. He took over succession from JD Jackson. The season is mixed, particularly marked by a heavy defeat in the derby home against Cholet Basket (61-82). Committed in Eurochallenge, the MSB won their first two games against the Belgians from Antwerp Giants (72-66) and Finland KTP Basket (71-52) before a heavy on the floor of Pallacanestro Biella, Italian D2 club ( 82–64).

The club and the societyEdit

The company was founded on September 6, 1993 as a Society of Mixed Economy Sports Local and chaired until June 30, 2008 by Jean-Pierre Goisbault. Christophe Le Bouille became president on July 1, 2008. In 2007 The company had a budget of 5.5 million euros.

Furthermore, another structure dedicated to marketing, is also under the name of MSB Promotion. It is she who is responsible for the communication around the club's image.

The coat of arms, the colors, and the supportersEdit

The jersey worn by the players are tango and gray. Tango is inherited from the ancient Moderne Sporting Club.

The logo has existed since 1993 and the acquisition of the new professional status of the team. It uses the colors of the club, accompanied by three letters MSB (acronym of Le Mans Sarthe Basket) written in white. In the summer of 2009, the MSB changed the coat of arms and opted for a lion showing claws and out of the logo, symbol of the feline. The addition of an animal blasonnant the team who follow the custom of other French teams like Pau Orthez and Nancy.

The official group of supporters are called the felines. This exists in the form of an association and follows the club on certain displacements. They even give a reward to the most outstanding players called the reflection feline.

Derby HistoryEdit

The western derby opposes the two best clubs in the north west of France. Since 1986, it opposed every season of the Le Mans team to that of Cholet, located in Maine-et-Lorie. Since their first encounter in N1B male division, the two teams met regularly. They deliver from the 1990–91 season, a diligent and annual duel. That makes twenty years that the two teams have met each season. The former North West derby was more "balanced" and opposed the SC Le Mans at ABC Nantes. The two teams are in particular the two favorites of the trophy, Sarthe Pays de la Loire Basketball where often a first division outsider is invited.


Champions (5): 1978, 1979, 1982, 2006, 2018
Runners-up (2): 2010, 2012
Champions (4): 1964, 2004, 2009, 2016
Runners-up (1): 2017
Champions (3): 2006, 2009, 2014
Runners-up (3): 2004, 2007, 2015
  • Rennes, France Invitational Game
Winners (1): 2008
  • Bourg en Bresse Invitational Tournament
Champions (1): 2009

Season by seasonEdit

Season Tier League Pos. W–L French Cup Leaders Cup European competitions
2005–06 1 Pro A 1st Champion 2 ULEB Cup RS
2006–07 1 Pro A 6th 22–15 Runner-up 1 Euroleague RS
2007–08 1 Pro A 3rd 26–9 Round of 16 Quarterfinalist 1 Euroleague RS
2008–09 1 Pro A 3rd 23–12 Champion Champion 1 Euroleague RS
2009–10 1 Pro A 2nd 26–10 Round of 16 Quarterfinalist 2 Eurocup L16
2010–11 1 Pro A 8th 14–18 Round of 16 2 Eurocup L16
2011–12 1 Pro A 2nd 23–14 Quarterfinalist Semifinalist 2 Eurocup RS
2012–13 1 Pro A 6th 17–16 Round of 32 Semifinalist 2 Eurocup RS
2013–14 1 Pro A 5th 19–13 Quarterfinalist Champion 2 Eurocup RS
2014–15 1 Pro A 3rd 21–19 Round of 16 Runner-up 3 EuroChallenge QF
2015–16 1 Pro A 3rd 25–15 Champion Quarterfinalist 2 Eurocup RS
2016–17 1 Pro A 12th 14–20 Runner-up 3 Champions League R16
2017–18 1 Pro A 1st 29–18 Round of 32 Runner-up


Current rosterEdit

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Le Mans Sarthe Basket roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Nat. Name Ht. Wt. Age
G 1   Booker, Deishuan 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 77 kg (170 lb) 24 – (1996-12-29)29 December 1996
G 3   Gauzin, Matthieu 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) 74 kg (163 lb) 20 – (2001-02-27)27 February 2001
SG 4   Bamforth, Scott 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 86 kg (190 lb) 32 – (1989-08-12)12 August 1989
SG 5   Veraghe, Lucas 1.97 m (6 ft 6 in) 83 kg (183 lb) 20 – (2001-06-11)11 June 2001
F 9   Mienandi, Hugo 1.99 m (6 ft 6 in) 86 kg (190 lb) 18 – (2003-05-23)23 May 2003
PG 10   Kajami-Keane, Kaza 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 84 kg (185 lb) 27 – (1994-01-27)27 January 1994
SF 11   Tarpey, Terry 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) 95 kg (209 lb) 27 – (1994-03-02)2 March 1994
F 33   Cunningham, Dante 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 104 kg (229 lb) 34 – (1987-04-22)22 April 1987
PF 35   Thomas, TaShawn 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 109 kg (240 lb) 28 – (1993-02-27)27 February 1993
F 39   Baptiste, Kenny 2.04 m (6 ft 8 in) 90 kg (198 lb) 21 – (2000-01-24)24 January 2000
F 44   Narace, Williams 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 100 kg (220 lb) 24 – (1997-03-17)17 March 1997
F/C 97   Chery, Valentin 2.02 m (6 ft 8 in) 98 kg (216 lb) 23 – (1997-09-24)24 September 1997
Head coach
  •   Elric Delord
Assistant coach(es)
  •   Antoine Methieu
  •   Jordan Bernard
  •   Romain Zwicky

  • (C) Team captain
  •   Injured

Updated: September 17, 2021

Depth chartEdit

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2
PF TaShawn Thomas Terry Tarpey
SF Williams Narace
SG Scott Bamforth
PG Kaza Kajami-Keane

Notable playersEdit

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


To appear in this section a player must have either:

  • Set a club record or won an individual award while at the club.
  • Played at least one official international match for their national team at any time.
  • Played at least one official NBA match at any time.

Head coachesEdit

External linksEdit