French Hoops: Dials key to team’s success

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Former Boardman standout Terence Dials is averaging 9 points and 4.8 rebounds per game while playing in France this winter. The 6’9 power forward is playing for coach Phillippe Herve’s Entente Orleans ball club. They’re currently positioned in 5th place in France’s ProA standings at 12-7. Terence is joined by fellow Americans Kyle McAlarney (Notre Dame), Darnell Harris (LaSalle), Brian Greene (Colorado State) and David Noel (North Carolina).

Dials is playing 19.8 minutes while shooting 57% (69-121) from the floor. On Saturday, Dials only played 11 minutes while scoring 2 points and grabbing 2 rebounds as Orleans fell to Asvel, 69-68. Asvel was led by their backcourt of Chris Wright (Georgetown) and Tweety Carter (Baylor).

Since Christmas, Orleans has won four of their last six contests. Next up the black and white will entertain the Cougars of Nancy. A pair of former Big East players lead Nancy into action with Syracuse’s Paul Harris and Providence’s John Linehan.

Last year, Orleans missed the post-season with a 15-15 mark.

Dials played for Ohio State and was selected as the 2006 Big Ten Player of the Year. Terence competed in just 4 games last year for Orleans (9.5 ppg, 4.3 rpg). However, the year prior, he was featured in 23 games for France’s Hyeres-Toulon, where he scored 12.6 and snagged 5.9 boards.

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