Basketball – National Final One: feat of Saint-Vallier who wins match 2 in Caen, decisive meeting on Sunday

Basketball – National Final One: feat of Saint-Vallier who wins match 2 in Caen, decisive meeting on Sunday
Basketball – National Final One: feat of Saint-Vallier who wins match 2 in Caen, decisive meeting on Sunday

The stakes were simple for game number 2 of the National One basketball final. If Caen won at home, the CBC moved up to Pro B. But Saint-Vallier did not see it that way, the Drômois were galvanized by the atmosphere and the 4,200 Norman supporters and won, 87 to 84 after a suffocating extension of suspense.

Heroic Drôme

Leading by two points at half-time, the SVBD broke away and took more than ten units in advance in the third quarter before, as in match 1, being pulled back. Caen even got back in front thanks to the exclusion of Jérôme Cazenobe, the Drôme interior guilty of an unsporting foul and therefore excluded (after having already been sanctioned for a technical foul).

Even without its most dominant interior player, the SVBD manages to hang on, obtains an extension. Thanks to very good Jeff Kebe and Hugo Dumortier, Saint-Vallier wins. Despite a defeat at home, despite a boiling room, despite the exclusion of Cazenobe then Ferguson (top scorer, 23 points), the Drômois are still alive in this final. The team that wins on Sunday in Caen will move up to Nationale One: it will be necessary to achieve a second feat in a row.

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