The Asvel keeps the pace. In late match of the 16th day, the players of TJ Parker chained Saturday in Orleans (80-66) an eleventh victory in a row, the tenth in the month of May alone, limiting his dolphin in the ranking of the best attacks to a weak 22 out of 63 on shots. While Monaco and Dijon are not on the ground this weekend, the Villeurbannais remain on the lookout in the race for the best ranking for the final phase of Jeep Elite.
Against the OLB, they took an eighteen point lead in the first half (40-22) but they let their guard down and Orleans, aggressive, came back to two lengths at the entrance of the last five minutes (59-61). It was then that once again, Thomas Heurtel (15 points) pulled out all the stops, chaining eight points and two assists for a 16-2 who avoided all fear.
Nanterre after extra time
Nanterre won after extra time (97-93) against Le Mans and keeps his chances to hang up the top 8 car. Despite a workforce greatly reduced by absences, with only six professional players supplemented by a hopeful player, the MSB has raced ahead in the first half (46-37).
The Ile-de-France residents recovered after the break but never got rid of Vito Brown (22 points, 9 rebounds) and his teammates. On wear, Chris Warren (23 points, 9 assists) did the job in extra time while inside Victor Wembanyama (10 points, 6 rebounds in 22 minutes) still signed a consistent game at 17.
At the heart of a crazy streak of four matches in seven days, Strasbourg ensured at home (85-77) against Châlons-Reims who remained on four wins in five matches. The SIG takes advantage of the defeat of Bourg-en-Bresse at Cholet to now take a good option on the Top 4.
Without US playmaker with the package of Kris Richard, the replacement of Brandon Jefferson, the teammates of Bonzie Colson (24 points, 8 fouls provoked) pushed the Marnais to the fault (20 stray balls, 3 out of 13 with three points) .
Bad operation for Elan Chalon
The very bad operation of the day is for Chalon-sur-Saône who conceded a third defeat in a row at home (72-78) against Boulogne-Levallois. While Cholet and Pau, two of his rivals in the fight to avoid the second relegation place, won, the Elan did not go the distance. A 10-0 and seven points in a row from Jordan Crawford had ignited hope and allowed them to pass in front (64-61) in the fourth quarter. But the Mets 92, who remained on four losses in a row, did not panic and ensured a valuable success in the race for the top 8 thanks, among other things, to a basket from David Michineau (24 points to 9 out of 17, 4 assists) in the last minute.
In the race to maintain, Cholet stopped a series of five defeats and gave himself a little air by surprising Bourg-en-Bresse (96-89). The Maugeois had distanced themselves in the first half (48-38), even pushed their lead in the third quarter before ending up coasting. The Slovenian Gregor Hrovat (24 points) and the inside Yoan Makoundou (18 points, 7 rebounds) and Chris Horton (18 points, 8 rebounds) were the strong men of the Cholet attack. With this defeat, Bourg seems to have given up on the Top 4.
Pau-Lacq-Orthez once again negotiated a match against an opponent from the red zone. The Béarnais dominated (80-64) Gravelines-Dunkerque, which made the other bad operation of the day. Led at the break by successful long-distance Northerners (37-40), the Pau managed a fiery third quarter (25-12) to return the game. They also used the outside shoot to their fullest for a 14 of 38 overall. Vee Sanford (18 points to 8 of 8 on shots) was the offensive leader of the Béarnais also dominant on the rebound (41-29). Private for the end of the season Briante Weber (knee), the Northerners have scored only twenty-four points after the break.