“We were promised hell.” In basketball, the SQBB reached the play-offs in its first season in the elite

“We were promised hell.” In basketball, the SQBB reached the play-offs in its first season in the elite
“We were promised hell.” In basketball, the SQBB reached the play-offs in its first season in the elite

By beating Strasbourg this Saturday, May 11, 2024 (86-66), the Saint-Quentin basketball players of the SQBB won their ticket for the Betclic Elite play-offs, confirming their resounding entry into the first division.

Who imagined them at this level? The promoted ones, the little thumbs of the Betclic Elite, the smallest budget of the biggest French basketball championship… Well there you have it: the SQBB, for its first season in Betclic Elite, has just validated its ticket for the play-offs , the final phase.

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Little Thumb shows that he deserved his place!

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It was this Saturday, May 11, 2024, by beating the SIG of Strasbourg 86 to 66, in the Picardy cauldron of the Palais des sports Pierre Ratte (Aisne), that this consecration (the most competitive will say that it is too early to use the term) of an impressive first season in the elite.

Carried among others by Nate Johnson (15 points and 29 minutes of play), Mathis Dossou-Yovo (18 points) or the young Nolan Traoré (7 points and 8 assists), Julien Mahé’s men, despite a moment of suspense in the second quarter, dominated most of their match on almost all counts (fewer turnovers, more offensive rebounds, more shots and 1/3 3-point shots), for s finally impose on a net score.

The match reflects the season well with an iron defense in the second half, a newfound aggressionanalyzes Julien Mahé, recently extended for two seasons. I expected them to be starving, they were and pleasantly surprised me in the second half.

It must be said that once again, the lively Saint-Quentin public incredibly supported their team. “It’s going to be okay, we’re here, we’re 6 against 5!“, assured Gris, a loyal supporter, at the close end of the second quarter.” And the crowd rushed onto the floor after the victorious whistle.

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The crowd joyfully invaded the field after the match.

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I’m glad I came hereconfides Nolan Traoré, rookie of this year. At home it’s incredible ! The rest, we will play it hard too, game by game.”

Few people believed in us, but in the team we absolutely wanted the play-offs to validate this seasonreports Saint-Quentin fullback Loïc Schwartz. It doesn’t matter the budget, the group, the name we have: we worked hard, we deserve it and we have the best audience in France!

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Loïc Schwartz poses with a supporter.

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The selfies keep coming. The post-match fervor continues. In the press room, the coach is having fun – “I won’t see my players in the locker room this evening” – and also pays honor to the supporters: “We had an extraordinary season, pushed by a fabulous audience… They give us so much! It’s a sharing, give and take.

This Saturday evening, the little Thumb of Picardy not only won his ticket for the play-offs. He gained one place in the ranking: 6th. Double dose of pride for those interested, surprise for the comments from all sides.

We were promised hell, everyone put us in the bottom 3recalls Julien Mahé. A promotion to the play-offs is rare. A promoted person who makes 6th is even rarer. It will take a little hindsight to realize what we did.

We want to show that we deserve to be there.

Julien Mahé, SQBB coach

The work must continue. The next match will arrive this Thursday, May 16, 2024, in Villeurbanne. A challenge “deserved” according to Julien Mahé, who intends to demonstrate once again that his group has its place at the very highest level: “We will try to play the play-offs with desire, because we want to show that we deserve to be there.

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Julien Mahé, SQBB coach, almost stunned by the beauty of the moment.

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Let’s move on, I’m having a little trouble realizing… vsIt’s still a funny thing“, concludes the coach, as if stunned by shared emotions in this sporting adventure, which may still have surprises in store.

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