In her first season under the American flag, Elan Béarnais is sailing her way back to the play-offs. Pau invited himself to the top 4 on Saturday night after his victory in Dijon (89-85). As on Wednesday night, against Le Mans (87-77), Brandon Jefferson was once again the great architect of the Béarnese success.
The American defense, grieving the death of their grandfather earlier this week, first returned the lead to Pau-Orthez by starting an 8-0 (73-68, 33rd) run. Then, with less than three minutes to go, the former Strasbourg fired another deadly three-pointer (83-76, 37th). Well supported by Vitalis Chikoko (15 points) and Gregor Hrovat (17), Jefferson pushes Dijon back to sixth place, despite the efforts of David Holston (20 points, 7 assists).
Already qualified for the final of the Coupe de France, Pau-Orthez remains at four wins in five games since his defeat in the Classic, in Limoges. A hitch that the Béarnese will be able to erase next Sunday by welcoming the CSP.
Fos continues at Le Mans, Cole decisive
Like Pau-Orthez, Fos-sur-Mer offered the scalp of Dijon and Le Mans in the space of three days. After dominating the JDA on Tuesday night (97-79), the Byers stunned Antares (99-93). Lassan Kromah has further darkened the stat sheet (27 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists), well helped by two former Manceaux.
DJ Stephens had 13 points and point guard Deishuan Booker, landed in Fos in early March, planted a decisive winning shot to breathe new life into the Byers in the last minute (95-91, 39th). Fos returns to the height of Orleans, first not relegated, with eight wins on the clock.
Limoges took advantage of the setbacks at Le Mans and Dijon to move up to fifth place after their quiet victory over Roanne (86-61). At the bottom of the table, we cannot stop Paris, who got a fourth victory in the last five games against Gravelines-Dunkirk (91-87). Only defeated at Bercy by Monaco (69-76) in this series, Jean-Christophe Prat’s men are getting a little closer, with this 11th victory, to a maintenance that still seemed very hypothetical a month ago.
The capital club reversed a situation that seemed desperate, when they fell behind in the middle of the third quarter (55-69), apathetic in defense, dropping too many offensive rebounds (15) and leaving the northern club, led by Jeremiah Hill. and Vafessa Fofana (20 points each) get drunk on attack.
Paris full of cold blood in the time of money
Suddenly transfigured, after being kept afloat by Dustin Sleva (16 points, 11 rebounds, 2/2 to 3 points), the Parisians threw the lock (13 points conceded in the last quarter) and found the foul, thanks to a collective soldier. around his young shots, all effective in money-time -Milan Barbitch (8 points), Ismael Kamagaté (13 points, 10 rebounds) Gauthier Denis (6 points, author of the equalizer in the corner in the 83-83 at two minutes of the gong).
In a cloud for three games, Juhann Begarin (19) confirmed it by delivering ferocious money-time, going for foul shots, intercepting balls, extinguishing Fofana defensively, and finishing with 17 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists and for culminated in a decisive counter shot by Jeremiah Hill, which would have offered the tie to Gravelines. Kyle Allman (24 points, 5/7 of 3 points, 7 assists) finished off the job with two cold-blooded drives in the final minute. Gravelines collected its fourth loss in five games and now shares 12th place with its executioner of the afternoon (11-15).
It took a serious and resistant Strasbourg, as well as a decisive Jordan Howard in money-time, author of the winning triple from the corner fifteen seconds from the gong to get rid of Cholet (90-88). Mauges’ club, untenable since mid-January, suffered only their second defeat in the last eleven Championship games. Dominic Artis (6 points, 0/6 au tir) et le dominant DJ Hogg (27 points, 10 rebonds, Betclic Elite records, 2 passes, 4 contres) ont eu trois occasions sur la dernière possession pour égaliser et aller chercher la prolongation , but in vain.
Howard (17 points) was well supported by DeAndre Lansdowne (18 points) and Yannis Morin (15 points, 7 rebounds). The SIG suffered but they imposed logic in a game that they generally dominated but that could have escaped them due to their 20 turnovers. Lassi Tuovi’s men took advantage of the defeat in Nanterre to widen the gap to 8th place, the last qualifier for the playoffs (15-13). Cholet is only 11 (12-14).
Incredible outcome in Nanterre, where Bourg came looking for a coveted victory (66-65) and that could have escaped him at the last second. His new signing, Norris Cole, had just regained what seemed to be a decisive lead for Laurent Legname’s men, on a two-point shot (his only points of the game). There was one second left to play, ball for Nanterre. Enough for Nick Johnson to fire a shot and cause a foul by Axel Julien, who got to take two. Alone behind the line, the American leader, who had already offered his team several games this season on decisive shots, then, before a stunned audience, missed both of his free throws.
Bourg is seeing some light again after losing four of his last six Betclic Elite matches. Already victorious against Le Mans on March 19 (79-65) and in the European Championship two days ago in a match without bets but interesting in Podgorica (75-73), the Bressan club finds the defensive standards that its coach has wanted to implant in the Bresse. With this twelfth victory, they almost ensure their permanence, maintaining a slim play-off hope and consolidating their tenth place (12-13) while Nanterre, defeated for the third time in a row, slips to 9th place (13-13) .