Sunday, Jacob Schenk (28) He will play the biggest game of his life. European medal match. Nine days later, the Polish leader will be on the floor… Loon Plage, at National 1. After the sparkle in Berlin, potentially a podium, a brutal return to reality in the Léo-Lagrange room? ” Honestly, if you are a professional, you can adapt to any situation.”eluding. “Without regard to emotions, you have to focus on doing your job well.”
At EuroBasket, his approach is quite specific: coming off the bench in short lines to solidify Igor Milicic’s team. “He’s a good leader”confirms the coach of Croatian origin. “What you have to notice is the determination he puts in defence. He played very well when we needed him. At National 1, he would be a very big player!” And that is the crux of the problem: how can the semi-finals of the European Championship then find themselves in the wake of the third division? “Ah but it sure shouldn’t be in NM1”admits Roman Reignard, General Manager of Tours Métropole Basket.
“It shouldn’t be in 1st place!”
Jacob Schenk in National 1 is the story of the desire to break free. A resident of the Polish Championship since the beginning of his career, the Tarnoy native needed to see something else. At the end of last season, TMB called up his services for ten days of free work in order to confirm his continued Pro B status. The mission was a failure, Tours fell – “With 14 victories, it’s insane…” – But both parties enjoyed each other during this short time together. “We saw that he was able to make a quick impact on the team, especially by getting the other players to play.”says Roman Reignard. “In ten days, we noticed his team game, his participation, his role model, his great rigor in his work, his leadership side. All this made us want to keep him.”
But things were clearly not that easy. When you are a Polish international, when you are playing in the second tier of football, it is clear that relegation to the third division is not part of your ambitions. Of course he had no plans to play in NM1.Roman Reignard admits. However, with 7 points and 8 assists against Blois, Jakob Schenk quickly surrendered to Turin’s whistles, and extended his contract with initials in June. “There are a lot of factors that go into my decision.”Explain in half words. “It was a good show for me. I liked the club, and its high level of professionalism.” Not forgetting the financial aspect, with a contract largely equivalent to what he touched before in Poland, especially family standards. However, his decision was a bit controversial in his home country. “Suppose she aroused curiosity.”local journalist slips. “I have no doubt that he will have much better jobs in the future.”says his coach.
A few minutes in defense on Heurtel?
The last Polish League player in the EuroBasket (1.7 points and 0.8 assists), Jakub Schenk wants to fully live his last days on the big international stage before plunging into the anonymity of NM1. “For me, it’s great to be here! It’s a dream come true. I had minutes, it’s a great experience for me. I want to get as much out of it as possible! What we’ve achieved is really great, but we want more” However, the former player from Gdansk doesn’t allow himself to be completely enthralled by Berlin’s charm by keeping an eye on the side of Halle Monconseil, TMB’s lair. “We have a Whatsapp group with guys from the team. I keep in touch with them, we follow each other, and I know what they are doing.” On the other hand, there was no strict roommate with his French teammates on the eve of the EuroBasket semi-final against the Blues… “I respect them a lot for that”Laugh.
Jakob Schenk was eagerly awaited next to Tours, who lived pre-season without his boss, and Jakob Schenk could find the field on Friday against the Blues, who were not used against Slovenia. “I am convinced he will help us against France”, says Igor Milicic. A few minutes in defense of Thomas Hurtl, before delving into his future daily life, successively Loon-Plage, Vitré and Berck in the first series of the season… What do you expect from an autumnal spleen after experiencing such heights this summer? “No, he is a player who wants to show great things in France”Roman Reignard reassures. “He only spent two weeks with his team without playing much, I’m sure he’s hungry for the ball. We talk every day together, I called him again less than two hours ago to plan his arrival.” Now imminent because with or without a medallion around the neck, the Léo-Lagrange at Loon Plage can’t wait!
Sep 15, 2022 at 8:24 am
Sunday, Jacob Schenk (28) He will play the biggest game of his life. European medal match. Nine days later, the Polish leader will be on the floor… Loon Plage, at National 1. After the glamor of Berlin, potentially a podium, a brutal return to reality in the Léo-Lagrange room? “honest…