In Bourg-en-Bresse, the leader Boulogne-Levallois puts an end to two months of scarcity outside

In Bourg-en-Bresse, the leader Boulogne-Levallois puts an end to two months of scarcity outside

A last flash in the Burgian night, and then darkness again… In the 32nd minute, after a pass behind the back of Rasheed Sulaimon, JaCorey Williams crushed a huge dunk to lift Ékinox and allow JL Bourg to come back in front (63-61) for the first time since the second quarter (26-24, 15th minute), after counting up to eleven lengths behind (47-58, 28th minute). The momentum necessarily, the turning point of the match too? It is very bad to know this terribly inconstant JL Bourg, who then conceded an almost crippling 9-0 (63-69, 34th minute), by offering precious ammunition to the Ile-de-France residents of her own accord… “Every time that we make an effort and that we come back, there is a relaxation behind”, sighed Pierre Pelos, visibly marked by this new defeat. “We tell ourselves to stay focused, to make stops and strangely, we relax… We play 40 minutes in sawtooth. »


Once again, Hugo Benitez’s JL Bourg was too fair
(photo: Jacques Cormarèche)

A recurring evil since the start of the season for a Secular Youth which hardly ever manages to display the same face during a match. “There are very good things and sometimes we lose the thread of the match for no reason”, pointed out Laurent Legname in an eternal refrain. It could happen recently against lesser teams like Le Mans or Nanterre, it does not forgive against the leader. All the more so when he finally wanted to find his way to victory away from home, more than two months after his last victorious trip to Betclic ÉLITE (115-106 in Monaco on January 30). “We had to win tonight, it’s been a while since we did it on the road”, opined Lahaou Konaté.

Konaté, Ginat and McRae kill the game

Obviously annoyed by the energy of a Burgian team which was playing a crucial match in its quest for the playoffs, “even more crucial than for [nous] by Vincent Collet’s own admission, the Metropolitans 92 were first able to capitalize on an excellent first half with a team well in place (33-41), before relying on the individual qualities of some to validate their 20th victory of the season. “We are a little less in control than at one time but we are lucky to have the players who have taken control”, agreed the Norman technician. Among them, Lahaou Konaté (12 points at 4/7, 4 rebounds and 3 assists), still as intense defensively but author of two award-winning shots, one in each corner, dominating in money-time. Tomer Ginat, also, in all the good shots (15 points at 7/11, 9 rebounds and 3 steals), decisive in the fourth quarter with 9 units, with always the small basket that is needed (68-74, 38th minute). And finally, of course, Jordan McRae (23 points at 7/13, 4 assists and 3 steals), as sparkling as he is talkative. Despite the harassing defense of Maxime Courby, the 2016 NBA champion released very high level shots to bend the match and all Ékinox could hear him shout his joy. “He was in a state of grace at the end of the match, it was the talent that made the difference”, underlined Laurent Legname, in line with the comments made a few moments earlier by Lahaou Konaté. “We know that we have individual talents above the average. »

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With 23 points, McRae delivered a real offensive festival
(photo: Jacques Cormarèche)

However, the JL Bourg did not lose this meeting, only on this data alone. The Bressans were guilty of a “lack of discipline and lucidity in key moments” according to their coach, of poor defensive management of the transition phases of Boulogne-Levallois and they did not know how to sanction the few errors of the Put. “We, as soon as we make a mistake, we pay cash and we take two points. Them, as soon as they made a mistake, we couldn’t score,” complained Pierre Pelos. Or, in the end, all the difference between the leader of Betclic ÉLITE, once again the only first while waiting for Monaco to move to Portel on Sunday, and a team with a soft belly… And the story of a new missed opportunity in the race for the playoffs, even if the surplaces of Dijon and Le Mans keep the game alive. “It’s still a disappointment, a disappointment all the time,” said the Gers interior, present in the fight this Saturday (5 points, 7 rebounds, 3 blocks, 2 assists and 1 interception). “If we managed to transcribe in the championship what we did in EuroCup, not many people could stop us in Betclic ÉLITE. The problem is that we never do. “Eight days from the end, this is worth a disappointing 11th place for a candidate announced in the Top 4 …

In Bourg-en-Bresse,

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