Wembanyama close to the feat!

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Thanks to a three-point shot from Barry Brown with three seconds left, Boulogne-Levallois beat ASVEL 86-83 at the Accor Arena in Paris and now leads 2-0 in this Betclic Elite semi-final. The Mets will have the opportunity to conclude Friday and Sunday in Villeurbanne.

The reigning triple French champion is up against the wall! In the event of another defeat on Friday or Sunday in its Astroballe room, ASVEL will say goodbye to any hope of a quadruple. Boulogne-Levallois indeed leads 2-0 in this semi-final, after winning Match 1 in its Marcel-Cerdan hall on Sunday, and Match 2 this Tuesday in a sold-out Accor Arena. The Parisian and Ile-de-France public wanted to take advantage of Victor Wembanyama for one of his last appearances in the Mets jersey, and they saw the French basketball prodigy score 13 points (5/12 on shots including 1/1 at 3pts), take 10 rebounds and deliver 2 assists in 35 minutes.

But it was not he who donned the hero costume of the Hauts-de-Seine club, but Barry Brown. While ASVEL had just equalized at 83-83 thanks to a magnificent long shot from Dee Bost twelve seconds from the final buzzer, the 26-year-old American point guard answered him nine seconds later, returning his shot in front of David Lighty to give victory to his team. A deserved victory for Boulogne-Levallois, who led from start to finish in this match, even if Vincent Collet’s men came very close to extra time.

Konaté and Coulibaly carry the Mets

The Villeurbannais only entered their match ten minutes from the end, and they can blame themselves. Before that, they were largely outplayed by the Mets, who already led 21-12 at the end of the first quarter, in the wake of a burning Lahaou Konaté, who took in his first three three-point shots. ASVEL, still without Nando De Colo, returned to -6 in the heart of the second quarter (27-21), but the Mets recreated a gap, and Konaté, again, drew to give a fourteen-point lead to his team (43-29).

ASVEL concluded the second quarter with a 7-0 to return to the locker room with a less significant delay (43-36). But on the restart, Boulogne-Levallois started again (53-41 then 57-43), thanks in particular to a Bilal Coulibaly who finished with 15 points. And from 65-52, ASVEL finally entered their match, in the wake of Charles Kahudi (14pts, 7rbds) and Yves Pons (13pts). However, the awakening turned out to be too late, and even if Bost (11pts, 5pds) thought he had almost snatched the extension, Barry Brown came to ruin everything for the champions of France, who no longer have the right to error in this half.

From May 28 to June 8, 2023

Match 1 – Boulogne-Levallois – ASVEL: 75-69
Match 2 – Boulogne-Levallois – ASVEL: 86-83
Match 3 : June 2 in Villeurbanne
Match 4 (if needed): June 4 in Villeurbanne
Match 5 (if needed): June 7 in Levallois

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