Poitiers Basket 86

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Poitiers Basket 86
Poitiers Basket 86 logo
LeaguesPro B
Founded2004; 15 years ago (2004)
HistoryPoitiers Basket 86
ArenaSaint Eloi (2,700 seats)
Les Arênes (4,800 seats)
LocationPoitiers, France
PresidentAlain Baudier
Head coachRuddy Nelhomme
Championships1 Pro B champions

Poitiers Basket 86, also known as PB86 or simply Poitiers, is a French professional basketball team located in the city of Poitiers, in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region, France. The club competes in the French Pro B league. The home game's are played at Salle de Saint-Eloi except for several matches played at Les Arênes. The players wear white and blue uniforms.


Poitiers Basket 86 was founded in 2004, following the merging of two teams : CEP Poitiers and Stade Poitevin. The club began its first season in Nationale 3 with Grégory Thiélin as head coach and ranked at a promising 5th place in the end of the season. The following year, the team is promoted to LNB Pro B. It is the first time a basketball club from Poitiers plays at a professional level. The 2006/2007 season is difficult for the team which finish 13th.

During the 2007/2008 season, Ruddy Nelhomme is named head coach. He keeps the following French players (Costentin, Devéhat, Gomez, Guillard, Maynier) and recruits two Americans from Brest (Younger and Gunn), the experimented Thomas Darnauzan and some young players from the under-20 team (Kanté, Florimont, Dienepo, Dalmat).

In salle Lawson Body, Poitiers begins its second season with the ambition of doing a great second professional season. In the end of the regular season, the team finishes third and gains access to the playoffs but eventually loses in final against Besançon.

In the 2008/2009 season, Poitiers qualifies for the playoffs once again, by finishing second during the regular season. The team won the Final against Limoges and was promoted to Pro A.

The first year in LNB Pro A is a success. The team won its first match away against Nancy. In the end of the regular season, Poitiers is the latest team to access the playoffs, eliminating ASVEL. For the first time ever, the defending champion didn't qualify for the playoffs. Unfortunately, the club is eliminated during the quarterfinals by Cholet, the season's champion. At the end of the match, Sylvain Maynier announces the end of his career. During the 2010/2011 season, Poitiers eventually stayed in Pro A following a victory against Hyères-Toulon in the last match of the season. The team finished at the 14th place with 12 wins and 18 defeats.

For the 2011/2012 season, JJ Miller joins the team.

The old Poitiers logo, used until 2018

Ruddy Nelhomme was elected best coach of Pro B during the 2008/2009 season and best coach of Pro A the following year. He was then named Assistant Coach for the French basketball team during the World Championship in Turkey and for the EuroBasket 2011, where France reached the final.

Poitiers Basket is known for its innovative communication, becoming the first sport club to create a TV show (Vis mon Match), broadcast on the website of the team. Several thousands of people watched the show which was then shown in a movie theater for two days. Poitiers fans have been elected the most fair-play of Pro A three times in a row.

Season by season[edit]

The Salle Saint-Éloi, home arena of Poitiers
Season Tier League Pos. French Cup Other competitions
2009–10 1 Pro A 8th
2010–11 1 Pro A 14th
2011–12 1 Pro A 13th
2012–13 1 Pro A 16th
2013–14 2 Pro B 3rd
2014–15 2 Pro B 12th
2015–16 2 Pro B 8th
2016–17 2 Pro B 10th
2017–18 2 Pro B 16th
2017–18 2 Pro B 9th


The club plays its domestic matches at Salle Saint-Eloi (2,700 seats). However, some matches are held at Les Arênes and allows for a larger audience (4,800 seats).


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

Poitiers Basket 86 roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Nat. Name
PG 4 France Arnaud Thinon
G 5 United States Ricky Tarrant
SG 7 France Pierre Cellerier
PG 7 France Yanik Blanc
G 8 United States Anthony Goods
PF 10 France Mike Joseph
PF 11 France Pierre-Yves Guillard
F/C 15 United States Ron Anderson
PF 19 Senegal Ibrahima Faye
SG 20 France Kevin Harley
SG France Bathiste Tchouaffé
Head coach

France Ruddy Nelhomme

Assistant coach(es)

France Andy Thornton-Jones

France Antoine Brault

  • (C) Team captain
  • Injured Injured

Updated: 28 January 2018

Head coaches[edit]

Name Nat. Tenure
Grégory Thiélin France 2004–2007
Ruddy Nelhomme France 2007–present

Notable players[edit]

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



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