Basketball – Nationale 1: fatal overtime for the Union in the semi-final first leg at Saint-Vallier

Basketball – Nationale 1: fatal overtime for the Union in the semi-final first leg at Saint-Vallier
Basketball – Nationale 1: fatal overtime for the Union in the semi-final first leg at Saint-Vallier

the essential
This Friday evening at the Complexe des Deux Rives, Saint-Vallier won after overtime (95-88). A great option taken for the final before the return match scheduled for May 31 on the Haut-Pyrénées pitch.

What a spectacle, what a spectacle. Both thanks to the volcanic audience at the Complexe des Deux Rives and the quality of the players present on the floor this Friday.

A hell of a fight proposed by Stéphane Dao’s men against those of Philippe Namyst. The Hauts-Pyrénées showed enormous aggression in the basket and ferocity in defense against the locals who were nevertheless overexcited and as if on a mission. First illustration with these numerous +1 obtained in the racket with a great success behind on the free throw line, symbolized by Fabien Ateba (12-11, 5th).

The SVBD, led by another Ateba, Vincent, sometimes showed naivety in the face of the discipline proposed by Tarbes-Lourdes, as they knew how to provoke offensive errors Regularly annoying each other, the Drômois did not always find the solution to the problem. But under the impetus of a fiery David Ramseyer dunk, Saint-Vallier kept the lead at the cost of great effort (18-13, 7th). A fairly balanced first period in short, until the moment chosen by Jonathan Boucaud and others to adjust the sights and sprinkle baskets (38-46, half-time). A gap which will even increase to +9 (41-50, 23rd).

Not far from the miracle

First turning point of the meeting, because it is the start of a first open-door operation in the Tarbes defense, which conceded four penetrating baskets in a row, including one from Chartres hero Jeff Kebe (53-52, 25th) . The start of a beautiful accordion, this time under the leadership of an untenable Bryan Coudray (12 points tonight) from three points and in the net (53-60, 28th). Before another backlash of which the Saint-Vallier players have the secret, until a string shot from Deng Geu to get back in front (62-60, 31st).

A final quarter where the air became thinner as fate took its time to choose its side. We then slipped into the unreal: we don’t know by what means, Tarbes-Lourdes managed to obtain three free throws on the throw at the buzzer. If all three come in, it’s overtime. The first is a failure, explosion in the room. The second returns. With 0.3 seconds on the clock, the last free throw bounced off the hoop and gave Fabien Ateba the opportunity to take the rebound for the miracle (83-83), overtime to follow. Trailing by five points (83-88), Tarbes-Lourdes finally cracked and lost after five additional minutes (95-88). Enough to have a lot of regrets after coming so close to a gigantic feat.

The Tarbais have the opportunity to catch up on Friday on their land. A decisive match that will have to be managed masterfully if the team wants to continue in these play-offs.

Saint-Vallier 95 – Union 88

QT: 23-22, 15-24, 21-14, -24-23, ap 12-5
Referees: Messrs. Kiritharan and Cognard.
SAINT-VALLIER: 31 successful shots out of 68 (including 7/25 three-pointers); 26 of 34 successful free throws; 45 rebounds; 19 assists; 13 lost balls; 9 interceptions; 3 blocks; 22 personal fouls.
Points: Fergusson (17), Ateba (cap.) (5), Kebe-N’Guema (19), Geu (12), Cazenobe (7); (then) Pineau (-), Tortosa (2), Derradji (-), Morata (-), Ramseyer (21), Dumortier (12)
UNION TARBES LOURDES: 32 successful shots out of 80 (including 11/39 three-pointers); 13 of 19 successful free throws; 45 rebounds; 21 assists; 16 lost bullets; 7 interceptions; 3 blocks; 31 personal fouls.
Points: Chambre (9), Wiscart Goetz (0), Badiane (12), Ateba (10), Queta (15) then Pharose (6), Cece (4), Boucaud (cap., 12), Yangue Tankeu ( 0), Coudray (12), Le Roux (-)
Two players excluded: Chamber, Yangue Tankeu



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