Congratulations to Malcolm Delaney and Elan Chalon, French League Champs!

The 2012 French League Champs

Malcolm Delaney helped his French league team to the 2012 title

In a rematch of last year’s French league championship game, Malcolm Delaney scored 12 points, 5 assists, and 4 rebounds to help Elan Chalon to the league’s title today, 73-66, over Gravelines-Dunkerque.

However, the French league’s season breaks down into four mini seasons, so today’s title game was just the first of four, so there is still work to be done for Delaney and Chalon.

Fellow American Blake Schilb, a third-year pro out of Monmouth, was named the championship MVP after scoring 13 points, grabbing 7 boards, and netting 5 assists, in the today’s win. Schilb is in his third season with Chalon.

Delaney, in his first year as a professional, is a starter for Chalon and is having a solid season so far averaging 15.1 points, 4 assists, and 3 rebounds a game. Three times this season, Delaney eclipsed the 20-point mark, including 32 in an 83-65 win over Poitiers.

Congratulations all the same to Malcolm and hopefully he’ll get a look from some NBA teams after such a solid season!

Highlights from the title game (commentary in French)
Highlights from the semifinal game (commentary in French)

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8 Responses to “Congratulations to Malcolm Delaney and Elan Chalon, French League Champs!”

  1. RK in Roanoke says:

    Copa – thanks for this update. nice to keep up with the guys. Any idea what Jeff Allen did this year?

  2. Danram says:

    Congrats to Malcolm! Glad to see he’s doing well.

  3. RK in Roanoke says:

    Thanks, Cope – nice to see both guys playing well! Thanks for keeping us in the know!

  4. chuck says:

    This is the most every kid gets a trophy thing i’ve ever heard of!!!!

    Glad they finished #1 at the quarter pole….woo hoo…

    This is akin to the CBA giving you pts for winning individual quarters back in the day.

    • Cope-acabana says:

      I disagree. I think it counteracts the laziness that plagues the NBA’s first half of the season. The contenders slack off and don’t “turn it on” until the stretch run. They do just enough to keep in the hunt and that results in a lesser product for the fans. I’m not entirely familiar with how these quarterly titles work, but it happens here in this country in minor league baseball, though many leagues divide their seasons in two and have a first-half champ and a second-half champ.

    • Niemo says:

      Chuck – I remember that CBA format. Hilarious. Kept the dozen or so fans interested, even in a blowout.


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