Basketball – Pro B: Poitiers – Elan Béarnais this Friday with an air of the 8th final

Basketball – Pro B: Poitiers – Elan Béarnais this Friday with an air of the 8th final
Basketball – Pro B: Poitiers – Elan Béarnais this Friday with an air of the 8th final

Poitiers and Elan are not yet in the playoffs, yet it will hover like the smell of the final phase this Friday evening in Vienne.

“We know our situation, it is not complicated. Our backs are against the wall, we have to win if we want to control our destiny. If we only win one match out of two remaining, we…

Poitiers and Elan are not yet in the playoffs, yet it will hover like the smell of the final phase this Friday evening in Vienne.

“We know our situation, it is not complicated. Our backs are against the wall, we have to win if we want to control our destiny. If we only win one match out of two remaining, we will be dependent on the others, and if we lose both, there is a good chance that we will not qualify,” recognizes Eric Bartecheky.

A special match, special site. The PB 86 has decided to leave its traditional Jean-Pierre Grenier hall near the city center of Poitiers to install its barnum further north, in the Futuroscope Arena, a modern setting which can accommodate double the number of supporters, 5109 to be exact. At the time of the match, there will no longer be a free place since this Thursday morning all the tickets on sale have been snapped up.

The people of Palois have been warned: Poitiers has pulled out all the stops to validate the playoffs in front of its public while the team, after having added six victories in eight days, is noticeably slowing down with four setbacks recorded in the last five days.

Learn the lesson

To give themselves the right to validate the club’s objective, reminded by management to the players this week, the Béarnais do not have the right to be caught in the act of passivity for a second week in a row, as was the case last Sunday at Gries (85-67), already a direct opponent. “I was surprised and disappointed with our attitudes, that we were without energy from the start of the match while Gries was tough from the start,” laments Eric Bartecheky. We didn’t have total commitment, which meant that we conceded 33 points in the first quarter. »

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As for whether his players were sufficiently mentally equipped not to reproduce such passive production, the coach hopes so without being certain. “We insist on that in any case. Now we have to show it on the pitch in terms of state of mind and intensity. We must be committed and united,” the coach repeats every week.

It will take enough to upset well-equipped Poitevins. “It’s a team that really has everything with a stratospheric Jeanne with her 2.20m. Outside, they have players with a very good basketball IQ, Rupnik and his 7 assists who handle this team really well, shooters like Eyango with high percentages or Diawara who brings an athletic dimension to position 3.”

A gallery of talents which does not prevent Poitiers from marking time at the end of the regular season with only one match won in the last five played. With one thing in common during each setback: more than 85 points conceded.

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