Olympique Antibes

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Antibes Sharks
Antibes Sharks logo
Leagues LNB Pro A
Founded 1933
History Olympique Antibes
(1933–2012)
Antibes Sharks
(2012–present)
Arena Azur Arena Antibes
Arena Capacity 5,249
Location Antibes, France
Team colors Navy, Gold, Azure, White
                   
Championships 3 French Championships
1 Pro B Leaders Cup
Website sharks-antibes.com
Uniforms
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Home jersey
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Away jersey
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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.

History[edit]

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 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.

Honours[edit]

Top performances in European & Worldwide competitions[edit]

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 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

Players[edit]

Current roster[edit]

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. # Nat. Name Ht. Wt. Age
SG 1 France Cordinier, Isaia 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in) 20 – (1996-11-28)28 November 1996
PF 4 United States Blue, Tim 2.05 m (6 ft 9 in) 100 kg (220 lb) 33 – (1984-07-10)10 July 1984
PG 5 United States Solomon, Will 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in) 39 – (1978-07-20)20 July 1978
G 8 France Frederic Bourdillon
SF 11 France Galliou, Charles 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 21 – (1995-12-26)26 December 1995
PG 12 United States Gaines, Kenny 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) 91 kg (201 lb) 23 – (1994-01-28)28 January 1994
SG 13 United States Simmons, Tre 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 94 kg (207 lb) 34 – (1982-07-24)24 July 1982
C 14 France Tornato, Jonathan 2.10 m (6 ft 11 in) 28 – (1989-06-01)1 June 1989
PF 18 Mali Diarra, Nianta 2.05 m (6 ft 9 in) 24 – (1993-05-18)18 May 1993
SF 22 Central African Republic Max Kougere
C 42 United States Otule, Chris 2.11 m (6 ft 11 in) 125 kg (276 lb) 27 – (1990-01-04)4 January 1990
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
Team manager

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • Injured Injured

Updated: March 23, 2017

Notable players[edit]

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

Season by season[edit]

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

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