Champagne Basket loses in Rouen for the last day of Pro B and will face Boulazac in the quarterfinals

Champagne Basket loses in Rouen for the last day of Pro B and will face Boulazac in the quarterfinals
Champagne Basket loses in Rouen for the last day of Pro B and will face Boulazac in the quarterfinals

Champagne Basket concluded the regular season in Rouen, this Friday evening, for a decisive match for the final ranking. Châlons-Reims concluded this first phase with a defeat (75-68) and, with this result, it finished in sixth place. This rank means that he will face Boulazac in the quarter-finals, with a first trip on Thursday May 16 for the first leg.

Against the Rouennais, after an awkward start to the game on both sides, the Union Marnaise created the first gap (6-11, 7th). But, dominated on the rebound during these first ten minutes (17 to 10), she saw the RMB come back (12-12, 8th) then inflict a 7-0 at the end of this initial act (19-12, 10th).

Champagne Basket then alternated periods of closeness (19-18, 11th) and distance in the score (26-20, 14th). Marquis Jackson’s counterattack as well as the good presence of Grismay Paumier and David Skara inside allowed Thomas Andrieux’s team to return to the locker room tied with the Normans (33-33, 20th).

David Skara untenable

At the restart, a Rouen team more comfortable at long distance regained the advantage (45-41, 25th). But David Skara was untenable and scored seven consecutive points. Marquis Jackson also contributed his share to put his team back in front (47-52, 29th). Choua, with three points, allowed the RMB to stay in contact (53-54, 30th).

The Rouen exterior skill carried by Williams and Gourari then made the difference (67-57, 33rd). The hole was made, the Champenois would no longer be able to fill it.

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