Villeneuve d’Ascq shakes up Basket Landes in the second half

Villeneuve d’Ascq shakes up Basket Landes in the second half
Villeneuve d’Ascq shakes up Basket Landes in the second half

Pushed by its audience and the Espace François-Mitterrand band, Basket Landes tossed Villeneuve d’Ascq like a straw in the first half. The gap continued to increase, from 6-2 to 14-7 (6/9 on shots including 2/2 at three-pointers for the Landaises), then 31-20 (15th) and 36-22 at the half-time.

Terribly hampered by the defensive pressure of Julie Barennes’ daughters – the pass from Shavonte Zellous to Caroline Hériaud which landed in the paint was a good illustration of this – the Northerners, now deprived of their double MVP Kennedy Burke, found no one to somewhat fuel the brand. They were 8/34 on shots including 1/11 on three-pointers after 20 minutes. And to make matters worse, Belgian Maxuella Lisowa Mbaka twisted her right ankle. Rachid Méziane’s players were very frustrated while on the Landes side everyone pitched in with the added advantage of dominating the rebound (25 to 18).

A violent reaction

As could be expected, the Guerrières revolted upon returning from the locker room with two three-pointers in a few seconds. They scored the winning baskets that they had missed so far: 4/6 in the third quarter for 28 points over this ten-minute period compared to 6 in the previous one!

With Caroline Hériaud setting the example, the ESBA chipped away at the deficit: 43-37, leading to a tie at 48 in the 29th minute. We found the finalist team of the Euroleague. After a good circulation of the ball, on a three-pointer from Janelle Salaün, Rachid Méziane’s daughters took the lead.

While the other Belgian from Villeneuve, Betty Mununga, was in turn the victim of a sprain, the Spaniard Angela Salvadores (14 points) did her best to revive her team. But there was no longer any euphoria in the Landes game. The ESBVA defense, like Janelle Salaün, was relentless.

Yohana Ewodo missed a three-pointer, the Villeneuvoises captured the defensive rebound, curiously the Landaises did not try to make a mistake, the time ran out, the matter was in the bag for the ESBVA who were able to count on six players with an evaluation between 10 and 16.

It is difficult to see how Villeneuve d’Ascq could lose twice at the Palacium. Remember that this final is not played in a two-way match like in the quarter-finals and semi-finals but over a series of three matches. However, match 2 on Friday 17 and possible match 3 on Sunday 19 will be held in Villeneuve d’Ascq.

The boxscore is HERE.

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