“Whatever happens is a bonus”

“Whatever happens is a bonus”
“Whatever happens is a bonus”

Alongside Villeneuve-d’Ascq, Lattes-Montpellier or Basket Landes, its opponent in the semi-final, Tarbes acts as a little thumb in this last square of the LFB playoffs. It is without complexes that the players of François Gomez, 7th in the regular season and on an upward slope since the start of 2024 until bringing down Bourges in quarterswill try to create a new feat in order to return to the final for the eighth time in TGB history.

We set ourselves the sporting objective of being at least seventh at the end of the regular season. We got there, we obviously did better than that. So whatever happens is a bonus”, affirmed Laurent Cochain, the club’s deputy president, on France Bleu Béarn Bigorre.

If the Tarbes leader had to pull his hair out to complete last season’s budget, with a 200,000 euro hole to fill, he lives a little more peacefully today. This is thanks in particular to a new partner and the presence of the new president, Jeannie Cointre.

Without results, it’s complicated. With results, things get better. The Quai de l’Adour is full. At each match, we could have 200 or 300 more seats and it would probably still be full. And then we have the loyal support of our public, our institutional and private partners. Today we see that there is an attraction around this club. We have been focusing on youth for several years, and on a Franco-French team. It’s been two seasons. It’s the DNA of the club. We continue to bet on youth.”

What if Tarbes was not at its last brilliance? François Gomez’s players have their work cut out for them before challenging Basket Landes, one of their pet peeves this season (3 defeats in as many matches, including in the semi-final of the Coupe de France on March 9 at Mont-de-Marsan, 87-81). Especially since the duel will take place in a round-trip format (Sunday May 5 at 3:30 p.m.).

All LFB semi-final matches will be broadcast live on Sport en France, Skweek and the FFBB YouTube channel.

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