Denys Noskov, from balls to basketball

“As soon as the war broke out, I got in touch with UTLB manager Frédéric Chetard. He asked me if we wanted to come over there for shelter. » A proposal that it was better not to miss. For the best ? In a certain way. But also and above all to avoid the worst. So Noskov and his family joined France manu militari, after the brutal interruption of a domestic championship, which the Ukrainian international in 3×3 was playing under the colors of Odessa (Ukrainian first division).

Training with Tarbes-Lourdes is good. The competition with the Pau 3×3 is better. “On a wind that a Ukrainian war refugee had landed in Tarbes, rewinds Sébastien Cape, his new teammate. Turns out he’s a big 3×3 basketball player. So at the time, we are hyper-interested. »

The X factor from the East

That’s good, the converse is true. “When Sacha Duthu (manager of Pau 3×3) called me, I was immediately thrilled. And racing, on the floor. “He has high-level experience in 3×3, and it shows right away, explains his new captain. He is super strong on everything that is placed, on the screens, he has encountered a lot of intensity… When he is at the physical level, in a few weeks, he will be a big player in the SuperLeague. »

Perhaps even one of the best, as evidenced by the title of MVP of the Open Plus de Limoges, won by Noskov after the Béarnaise victory in the tournament. What to revise the ambitions of Pau 3×3 upwards, during the Open de France, a sort of final of the hexagonal championship of the discipline (2). “With him, we can afford to aim higher than the quarter-final reached in Paris last year. » The art of combining business with pleasure.

(1) loss to Lithuania 21-9.

(2) In Reims, from July 21 to 23

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