Olympique Antibes

Olympique Antibes, in full Olympique d'Antibes Juan-les-Pins and branded as Antibes Sharks, is a basketball club from the city of Antibes, France. Established in 1933, the club's men's senior team currently plays in LNB Pro B, the French second division.

Antibes Sharks
Antibes Sharks logo
NicknameOAJLP
LeaguesLNB Pro B
Founded1933; 89 years ago (1933)
HistoryOlympique Antibes
(1933–2012)
Antibes Sharks
(2012–present)
ArenaAzur Arena Antibes
Capacity5,249
LocationAntibes, France
Team colorsNavy, Gold, Azure, White
       
Head coachNikola Antić
Championships3 French Championships
1 Pro B Leaders Cup
Retired numbers1 (4)
Websitesharks-antibes.com

The club has won the French championship three times, the last being in 1995.

HistoryEdit

The basketball team rose to prominence in the years 1950–60. In 1970, the team won the championship of France thanks to players of exception like Jean-Claude Bonato, Dan Rodriguez and Jacques Cachemire.

At the beginning of the Eighties, Antibes suffered several disappointing seasons, but improved throughout the decade, and eventually won the LNB Pro A title in 1991. At the beginning of the Nineties, Antibes regularly contended for titles alongside Limoges CSP and Pau-Orthez.

In 1995, the club won a third national title before being plagued by financial problems. In 2002, in spite of finishing in a position that would have kept them safe from relegation, the club was dropped to LNB Pro B for lack of financial guarantees. Antibes then went through difficult years in Pro B. Then, in 2006–07, the club were relegated from Pro B to the nominally amateur Nationale 1. Although their 16th-place finish that season would normally have kept them safe from relegation, that season saw three teams relegated instead of the normal two because of a decision to reduce the number of teams in the top Pro A league. They would return to the professional ranks at the first opportunity, winning the Pro B crown in 2008.

For the 2013 season, Antibes has new ambitions in a Pro B league where the other favourites are clubs like Pau-Orthez, Hyères Toulon, two teams coming from Pro A, and JL Bourg Basket. They end up in fifth place at the end of the regular season and win the play-offs against Champagne Châlons Reims, synonym with a spot in the Pro A championship from next season. Yet in the following year, they finish bottom of the league with 6 wins and 24 defeats, and returned once more to the Pro B.

During the 2014–2015 season, they finish 6th of the regular season, and win also the B Leaders Cup, a victory that, as a matter of fact, guaranteed them a playoff spot. They win the playoffs against Denain after having defeated Nantes and Le portel on their way to the final. Just one year after leaving the Pro A championship they earned the right to go back to the elite tier.

ArenasEdit

From 1951 to 1991, Olympique Antibes played their home games at the Salusse-Santoni Hall, which has a seating capacity of 1,300 people. From 1991 to 2009, Olympique Antibes played their homes games at the 5,051 seat Jean Bunoz Sports Hall. Since 2013, the club hosts their home games at the Azur Arena Antibes. The arena is located in Antibes, France, and it was opened in 2013. It has a seating capacity of 5,249 people for basketball games.

HonoursEdit

Winners (3):1969–70, 1990–91, 1994–95
Winners (1): 2012–13
Winners (1): 2007–08
Winners (1): 2015

Season by seasonEdit

Season Tier League Pos. French Cup
2008–09 2 Pro B 11th Round of 16
2009–10 2 Pro B 16th Quarterfinalist
2010–11 2 Pro B 14th Quarterfinalist
2011–12 2 Pro B 11th Round of 32
2012–13 2 Pro B 5th Round of 16
2013–14 1 Pro A 16th Round of 64
2014–15 2 Pro B 2nd
2015–16 1 Pro A 12th
2016–17 1 Pro A 14th
2017–18 1 Pro A 16th

Top performances in European & Worldwide competitionsEdit

Season Achievement Notes
EuroLeague
1970–71 Quarter-finals 4th place in a group with Ignis Varese, Slavia VŠ Praha and AŠK Olimpija
FIBA Saporta Cup
1994–95 Semi-finals (third) eliminated 2-1 by Benetton Treviso, 95-88 (W) in Treviso, 93-99 (L) and 83-87 (L) in Antibes
FIBA Korać Cup
1972 Semi-finals eliminated by OKK Beograd, 72-99 (L) in Belgrade and 65-61 (W) in Antibes
1983–84 Semi-finals eliminated by Orthez, 68-75 (L) in Orthez and 71-69 (W) in Antibes
1985–86 Semi-finals eliminated by Banco di Roma Virtus, 69-78 (L) in Antibes and 75-83 (L) in Rome
1993–94 Quarter-finals eliminated by Recoaro Milano, 85-98 (L) in Milan and 95-88 (W) in Antibes

PlayersEdit

Retired numbersEdit

Antibes Sharks retired numbers
Player Position Tenure Ceremony date
4 Tim Blue Forward 2012–2020 10 March 2022[1]

Current rosterEdit

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

Antibes Sharks roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Nat. Name Ht. Wt. Age
PG 3   Amsellem, Vincent 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 20 – (2002-03-11)11 March 2002
F/C 6   Ca, Étienne 2.05 m (6 ft 9 in) 25 – (1997-03-06)6 March 1997
PG 7   Pitard, Gédéon 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 33 – (1989-02-07)7 February 1989
PF 20   Ca, Leopold 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 24 – (1998-09-02)2 September 1998
SF 23   Early, Cleanthony 1.97 m (6 ft 6 in) 31 – (1991-04-17)17 April 1991
SF 25   Doucouré, Sadio 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in) 30 – (1992-07-27)27 July 1992
F/C 27   Pansa, Jean-Marc 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) 30 – (1992-07-27)27 July 1992
G/F   Wesley, Byron 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 29 – (1992-12-26)26 December 1992
Head coach
  •   Nikola Antić
Assistant coach(es)
  •   Anthony Stanford

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  •   Injured

Updated: January 27, 2021


Notable playersEdit

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

Criteria

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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Chiramberro, Théo (2022-03-10). "[Vidéo] Retour sur la cérémonie du retrait du maillot de Tim Blue à Antibes". BeBasket (in French). Retrieved 2022-03-11.

External linksEdit