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Olympique Antibes Juan-les-Pins Côte d'Azur, or OAJLP, or Antibes Sharks, is a basketball club from the city of Antibes, France. The club's men's senior team currently plays in LNB Pro A, the French first division.

Antibes Sharks
Antibes Sharks logo
LeaguesLNB Pro B
Founded1933
HistoryOlympique Antibes
(1933–2012)
Antibes Sharks
(2012–present)
ArenaAzur Arena Antibes
Capacity5,249
LocationAntibes, France
Team colorsNavy, Gold, Azure, White
                   
Championships3 French Championships
1 Pro B Leaders Cup
Websitesharks-antibes.com
Uniforms

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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 Bourg-en-Bresse. 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 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.

HonoursEdit

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

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

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 0   Blassingame, Jerel 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in) 81 kg (179 lb) 37 – (1981-09-12)12 September 1981
PG 1   Campbell, Louis 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 40 – (1979-04-01)1 April 1979
SF 2   Gaddefors, Viktor 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 91 kg (201 lb) 26 – (1992-10-08)8 October 1992
PF 4   Blue, Tim 2.05 m (6 ft 9 in) 100 kg (220 lb) 35 – (1984-06-10)10 June 1984
SG 10   Cordinier, Isaïa 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 84 kg (185 lb) 22 – (1996-11-28)28 November 1996
G 11   Green, Taurean 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) 80 kg (176 lb) 32 – (1986-11-28)28 November 1986
F 11   Maukner, Benedikt 2.07 m (6 ft 9 in) 19 – (2000-01-08)8 January 2000
F/C 12   Mayembo, Isaac 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 20 – (1999-01-04)4 January 1999
SF 13   Rigot, Paul 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 86 kg (190 lb) 24 – (1995-02-10)10 February 1995
F 21   Skele, Aigars 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) 88 kg (194 lb) 26 – (1992-12-04)4 December 1992
SF 22   Kouguere, Max 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 95 kg (209 lb) 32 – (1987-03-12)12 March 1987
C 32   Thompson, Trevor 2.13 m (7 ft 0 in) 113 kg (249 lb) 25 – (1994-06-12)12 June 1994
C 42     Otule, Chris 2.11 m (6 ft 11 in) 125 kg (276 lb) 29 – (1990-01-04)4 January 1990
C 93   Raposo, Fernando 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) 30 – (1989-07-07)7 July 1989
PG 99   Wiscart-Goetz, Tom 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in) 20 – (1999-06-22)22 June 1999
PG   Ukić, Roko 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 34 – (1984-12-05)5 December 1984
G   Hearst, Zaid 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 98 kg (216 lb) 26 – (1993-02-14)14 February 1993
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
Team manager

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  •   Injured

Updated: April 16, 2018

Notable playersEdit

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

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

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