Main takeaways after 7 game days in the LBBL

After 7 game days in the Luxembourg Basketball League (LBBL), it is time to take a look at the main takeaways in the women’s and men’s first division.

1. Women’s champion T71 is still the team to beat
In the women’s league, champion T71 is still the team to beat. The team of coach Jérôme Altmann is playing amazing team basketball and is unbeaten this season. Nadia Mossong is the leading JICL MVP candidate and topscorer of the team while the team has multiple other options and is playing beautiful basketball by moving the ball quickly. They have won their games by an average of 27 points so far this season.

2. Plenty of road wins
Playing at home is usually a big advantage in most sports. However, over the last years, the number of games won at home and on the road has been nearly balanced in Luxembourg (first league). This season, only 18 out of 42 games in the men’s LBBL were won by the home team (43%), the road team won 24 times (57%). In the women’s league, 19 games out of 33 were won by the home team (57%).

3. One Coaching change so far
After game day 7, the first coach was released, Sparta’s women’s coach Tom Kries was replaced by player-coach Roksana Schmidt as an interim solution.

Update: The Musel Pikes men have released head coach John Dieckelman, the news came on Tuesday, it was the second coaching change in the LBBL.

4. 11.7
The 3-point-shot is getting more and more important in basketball worldwide. In the LBBL, the women’s team from the Musel Pikes is making the most shots from behind the arc with 11.7 made attempts per game. Résidence’s men’s team is second with 11.3 3-pointers per game. The women team from Wiltz is only making 2.4 threes per game, no other team (women or men) is hitting less than 5 threes per game.
Picture: Musel Pikes / Guy Schmit

5. Contern has been unlucky
AB Contern’s men’s team is currently 10th in the league with a 2:5 record. However, the team of coach Gavin Love has been very unlucky: They lost one game at the buzzer against Telstar ( –> Video: Jefferson wins the game at the buzzer for Telstar ) and had a chance to win a game at the buzzer last week which they did not ( –> Friday recap in the men’s LBBL / Overtime victory for Sparta ). Sports is not about “what ifs“ but Contern is clearly a team with a lot of room for improvement, they made the play-offs last season.

6. What’s next for the winless Musel Pikes?
The men’s team Musel Pikes is struggling. They are the only winless team in the LBBL. After an injury by their professional player in game 1, the team played with only 1 professional player and a short rotation for the first games before the arrival of Chris Flemmings last week. With a 0:7 start into the season, the team is definitely under pressure to turn the season around but there is a lot of basketball left to be played.

Update: The Musel Pikes men have released head coach John Dieckelman, the news came on Tuesday.

7. The favorites in the men’s league?
It was one of the main questions before the season … which team(s) will be the favorite(s) to win the title in the men’s LBBL? While it was difficult to make predicitions with the number of player and coaching changes, we now have a first impression and the question is still difficult to answer. Résidence is having another strong season, Sparta is on a 6-game winning streak as these two teams are currently sitting on top of the standings. Four teams are following with the same record (5:2): Esch, Etzella, Arantia, Heffingen. There is clearly a cut in the standings between place 6 and 7 but there is still a long way to go. It could become a very interesting race with multiple teams having a chance to compete for the title(s).

8. The topscorers
Mike Feipel (Sparta) is the leading scorer for JICL players with 17.1 points per game in the men’s league while Nadia Mossong (T71) is the leader in the women’s league with 21.2 points per game. Alex Stein (Résidence) is the leading professional scorer of the league with 30.5 points per game while Kierra Anthony (Résidence) is the leading scorer in the women’s league with 27.3 points.

9. Cuts in the standings

In both the women’s and men’s league, there is a cut in the middle of the standings. While there are 2 points between 5th placed Esch and 6th placed Contern in the women’s league , there are also 2 points between 7th placed Arantia and 8th placed T71 in the men’s league. However, this can obviously change very quickly over the next weeks. The 8 best teams in both leagues will enter the play-offs.

10. Best offense / best defense
Résidence’s men’s team is scoring 95.5 points per game, the most in the LBBL. Basket Esch has the best defense in the league allowing only 65.7 points per game. In the women’s league, T71 is averaging 85.8 points while the Musel Pikes are holding opponents to 58.3 points per game.

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Par FLBB , le 26/10/2021 à 07:08