Villeneuve d’Ascq almost in the final, Basket Landes will have to fight back

Villeneuve d’Ascq almost in the final, Basket Landes will have to fight back
Villeneuve d’Ascq almost in the final, Basket Landes will have to fight back

Aurélie Sacchelli, Media365, published on Friday May 3, 2024 at 9:35 a.m.

The semi-final first leg of the French women’s basketball championship saw Villeneuve d’Ascq win by 31 points at Lattes-Montpellier, while Tarbes beat Basket Landes by five points at home. The return matches will take place on Sunday.

Winner of the LFB regular season and finalist of the Euroleague, Villeneuve d’Ascq is favorite to become champion of France for the second time, seven years after his first title And the Northerners provided proof of this on the floor, by going winning 64-95 in the semi-final first leg at Lattes-Montpellier, the only team in the last four to have been crowned champions twice (2014 and 2016). The ESBVA offered a basketball demonstration to the BLMA, who completely missed the start of the match and never recovered. Villeneuve d’Ascq indeed won the first quarter with a score of 9-25, thanks in particular to a 14-0 with four three-point baskets scored. In the second quarter, a 10-0, this time with six free throws, allowed the Northerners to take off (28-47, mt). The thirty-point difference mark was reached in the third quarter (39-69). It even climbed to +37 in the last (56-93), before the Héraultaises of Ameryst Alston (15pts) and Elodie Naigre (14pts) came back a little. Led by Kamiah Smalls with 23 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and Janelle Salaun with a double-double (13pts, 11rbds), the ESBVA has nine toes in the final since, remember, these halves are played in the first leg. back.

A short advantage for Tarbes

The other half should offer more suspense, because Tarbes won “only” by five points in the South-West derby against Basket Landes. The Tarbaises, crowned in 2010, won 67-62 against the Landaises, crowned in 2021, and everything therefore remains possible during the return match. Basket Landes, beaten on Saturday at the Accor Arena by Bourges in the final of the Coupe de France, went completely through the start of the match, finding itself trailing 23-9 at the end of the first quarter, with a 9-0 (five free throws) conceded in the final minutes. The gap even climbed to +15 (25-10), before Basket Landes finally woke up. A rude awakening for Tarbes, who conceded a 17-2! It was the Landeses who returned to the locker room leading the score (35-37, mt). The TGB restarted the match well (47-39), but Basket Landes held on and still led 59-60 with 5’31 remaining. However, the duo of young French girls Carla Leite (17pts, 9pds) – Dominique Malonga (8pts, 8rbds) made the difference at the end of the match and it is therefore with a five-point advantage that Tarbes will travel to the Landes on Sunday . Alexis Paterson finished as Landes’ top scorer, with 13 points.

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