TGB. Semi-final: the time for revenge against Basket Landes has come

TGB. Semi-final: the time for revenge against Basket Landes has come
TGB. Semi-final: the time for revenge against Basket Landes has come

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This Thursday evening, 7 p.m., the Tarbaises find their best enemies: Basket Landes. After three defeats against the same opponent this season, the Bigourdanes must reverse the curve to foresee qualification for the final.

“We will come back here (to Basket Landes, Editor’s note) for the play-offs, whether it is the first or the second round,” promised the Tarbaises after their defeat in the Coupe de France on March 9. If the trip to the Landes is planned for Sunday, the Bigourdanes will meet their neighbors, and best enemies, from Basket Landes, this evening, at 7 p.m., for match 1 of the semi-finals of the French championship. And if supporters or basketball fans can rejoice in this poster, “it’s the best derby in the championship”, says François Gomez, the Tarbaises will face one of their pet peeves this season.

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With three defeats in as many matches, Basket Landes is, with Lyon, one of the only two teams that the TGB has not managed to defeat this season. And it’s not for lack of trying. After a defeat at home leading by 13 to 4 minutes 19 from the end of the match, a heavy defeat in the Landes, Tarbes had surrendered in the Coupe de France after extra time. Always placed, but never winning, the Tarbaises made this confrontation against Basket Landes a personal affair. “They have always wanted to play Basket Landes, they wanted to meet them again. They all want to meet them again. There is no leverage to activate with them at this level. The match lost at home left a lot of scars so they are keen to finally beat them,” confides the Tarbes coach.

Dominique Malonga, the key to the match

To achieve this first victory of the season against the Landaises, and at the same time take an option for the final, the Tarbaises will have to better manage certain parts of the match according to François Gomez. “The recipe is to better manage the last five minutes of the match, because that’s when we lost twice against Basket Landes. The idea is to last 40 minutes, over time, so we need to better manage our squad and our playing time.”

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A management of playing time which was lacking at the TGB in the two oppositions to François Mitterrand since Dominique Malonga ended up ejected for five fouls. Especially since before her ejection in the Cup, the pivot, with 5 blocks, terrorized the attack of Marie Pardon’s teammates.

An The same racket from Bourges which terrorized that of the Landaises in the final of the Coupe de France with Kayla Alexander.
A triangular which places the best young player of the season at the center of all attention. With Carla Leite in the lead, Dominique Malonga surely holds the keys to the Bigourdanes’ first success of the season against the “blue and white”.

A public that will have to be more “virulent”

More than the field, to defeat Basket Landes and achieve what would be a feat, the TGB will need unwavering support from its public. If all the places were sold in the space of two hours, François Gomez hopes that the thousand purple supporters will be able to make their voices heard, knowing that Tarbes has chosen to play at the Quai and not at Pau precisely to take advantage of the public. “We are counting on a slightly more virulent audience than usual,” hopes François Gomez. Whether we lead, or are led, the public must never stop pushing so that the players of Basket Landes feel this pressure. »

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Now that the Landeses are advancing to the Quai de l’Adour, as desired by the Bigourdanes, we must move from words to actions. Before being able to dream of Sunday in the Landes.

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