While ASVEL corrected Limoges at the Astroballe to consolidate their third place, Boulogne-Levallois regained distance vis-à-vis the Rhodanians thanks to a success over Bourg-en-Bresse at the Accor Arena in Paris – Bercy.
And three for ASVEL! After Nancy then Cholet, it was Limoges who did not resist the Villeurbannaise strike force on the floor of the Astroballe. From the first moments, the teammates of Dee Bost (21 points) raced in the lead to count up to fifteen points in advance. However, the players of Limoges were able to respond at the very end of the first quarter with a 7-0 allowing them to fall again below the bar of ten points behind. Lucas Ugolin (21 points) and his teammates stood up to the reigning triple French champion at the start of the second quarter, the gap oscillating between four and eight lengths. However, Massimo Cancellieri’s players took a shine just before returning to the locker room.
Thanks to a 16-2, ASVEL reached the break with a 20-point lead. As soon as the resumption, the Rhone formation did not cut its effort to flirt with the bar of 30 units of difference, without however managing to cross it. With nothing more to lose in this meeting, the Limougeauds pushed hard in the last ten minutes to reduce the bill. In the end, ASVEL won with a margin of 17 lengths (103-86) and regained third place in the Betclic Elite ranking. Limoges, who conceded a third loss in a row, continues to fall in the hierarchy and is now in 14th position with two victories ahead of the red zone.
Boulogne-Levallois made Bercy vibrate
At the end of the 32nd day of Betclic Elite, Boulogne-Levallois had the honors of the Accor Arena of Paris-Bercy for the reception of Bourg-en-Bresse. In front of nearly 15,000 spectators, the Mets responded. After a small air hole at the start of the game, Victor Wembanyama’s teammates (25 points, 10 rebounds) broke away on the scoreboard in favor of a 16-3 in the heart of the first quarter. The Burgiens did not let themselves be defeated and returned to eight units after ten minutes. However, the start of the second quarter was painful for the teammates of Bryson Williams (19 points), who scored only eight points in eight minutes. This allowed the Ile-de-France residents to get closer to 20 lengths in advance but without however crossing this line before returning to the locker room.
This was no longer the case when the game resumed, JL Bourg being first of all catchy before making the most of the opportunities that presented themselves to get closer to the score. The result was a difference reduced to just eleven lengths… before a final long-range shot by Lahaou Konaté (14 points). Panic could have taken hold of the Metropolitans when the Burgiens returned to eight lengths with four minutes still to play. However, the end of the match was controlled for a success of eleven points (93-82) which allows the Ile-de-France residents to consolidate their second place.