Holding on at halftime (40-31), TJ Parker’s men could count on an exceptional Victor Wembanyama to beat ESSM Le Portel after the break. ASVEL has clearly won (85-65) and remains firmly attached to the top three in the championship.
The Twin Towers of Wembanyama – Fall on the Lot
After a resounding start to the match (16-9, 4′), the villeurbannais saw little by little catch up with their rivals of the night. In the lead after a very tight first quarter (24-20, 10′) and led by an excellent duo Victor Wembanyama (25 points on 10/16, including 3/4 triples, 7 rebounds and 3 blocks for a PIR of 27 in 25 minutes) – Autumn by Youssoupha (21 points and 4 rebounds for a PIR of 22), ASVEL resumed its forward march from the start of the second quarter. Without complexes, the Portelois stood up to the locals and relied on a very good Charles-Noah Abouo (18 points and 3 rebounds for a PIR of 19) to stay in contact with Rhône in this first act. At the end of a disputed first half, ASVEL retained control (40-31, 20′).
In the aftermath of Kaunas…
Back from the locker room, the offensive party continued on the Rhône side. Unstoppable, Victor Wembanyama, author of his best match at Betclic ELITE, continued his work and TJ Parker’s protégés clearly distanced themselves in this match (61-40, 27 ‘). Already the author of a very good performance in the Euroleague against Zalgris Kaunas (23 rating in 28 minutes) last week, the one that makes the 30 NBA franchises fantasize shows that it takes on another dimension this spring, after a delicate and injury-plagued first part of the season, thus continuing its rise to power. Aside from his standout performance at Nationale 1 at Docks Océane where he headed to Le Havre in the fall of 2020 to compile 22 units, the son of JSF Nanterre had never reached 20 points in the professional landscape, to “simply” settle for three starts to 14 points. Suffice it to say that an evening with 25 pawns marks a truly new stage in his development.
Sunday of greatness for the greatest hope of French basketball!
Victor Wembanyama signs his record with:
25 points on 10/16 shot
3/4 to 3 points
27 EVAL#BetclicELITE @LDLCASVEL @vicw_32 pic.twitter.com/7ZGmC0x1U0
— LNB (@LNBoficial) April 3, 2022
Dominated in all areas of the game, and particularly in the racket (the northerners literally exploded in this third quarter and fell to 25 points ten minutes from the end (71-46, 30′). Despite a slight reaction at the start of the fourth quarter, the Villeurbannais continued their momentum and brought home the point.
ASVEL wins by a wide margin (85-65) and remains firmly in third place in the standings (16 wins for 8 losses). For its part, ESSM Le Portel remains fifteenth (9 wins and 16 losses) and will have to fight until the end to stay in the elite. Especially in view of the recent dynamic from Fos-Provence, awaited at the Chaudron for the last day of the championship…