While Monaco and Le Mans started their Betclic Elite season with a victory, Limoges, Pau-Lacq-Orthez and Strasbourg all bowed for their first league outing.
After the Euroleague, Monaco did not miss its debut in Betclic Elite. Traveling on the floor of Roanne, the “Roca Team” launched its French season with a short success. A meeting with the copiers of Rob Gray (21 points) started very well, with a 10-0 at the very end of the first quarter to widen the gap. But, even triggered 18 lengths in the second quarter, the Choir hung on to return to only six points at the break. The teammates of Loren Jackson (15 points, 5 rebounds, 10 assists) and Johnny Berhanemeskel (15 points) were able to resist the return to the floor, remaining under six points throughout the third quarter. Passed in front of the start of the last ten minutes, the players of Roanne did not know how to keep the hand and bowed in the end by five points (75-80). Le Mans, for its part, has clearly gained the advantage over Boulogne-Levallois. The MSB triggered beating points with up to twelve lead in the first quarter, the points scored by Will Cumming (17 points, 6 assists) and Vincent Huntenr (17 points) were able to return to four lengths before stand up to the Sarthois until half-time. It was on the return to the Antares floor that Scott Bamforth’s teammates (18 points, 5 rebounds, 8 assists) put their mark on the match. Multiplying the series, with a 12-0 and a 13-0 in particular, Le Mans took a 24-point lead ten minutes from the end of the meeting. A mattress that was barely scratched at the end of the game for a success of 18 points from the MSB (83-65).
Courts success for Nanterre and Cholet, Pau-Lacq-Orthez surprise at home
On the side of Nanterre, the tension was present until the last moments during the reception of Limoges. The Parisians were able to erase a timid start with a 12-0 to get ahead at the end of the first quarter. The two teams then neutralized each other until the break but the CSP, obtained by Nicolas Lang (27 points) and Demonte Harper (22 points), took the advantage after returning from the locker room. An ascendant which held until the last five seconds with an “and on” from Nick Johnson (27 points, 8 assists), which offers the victory of one point to Nanterre (88-87). One point is also what separated Strasbourg from Cholet. Led from the start, the Choletais raised their heads at the end of the first quarter, concluded with a five-point lead. Yoan Makoundou’s teammates (19 points, 10 rebounds) were in the lead for most of the meeting but, at the very end of the match, Strasbourg was able to make a comeback. But the teammates of Ike Udanoh (18 points, 12 rebounds) did not have the last word on their floor. Cholet snatches a victory by the smallest of margins (73-74) along its bases. After a change of owner, Pau-Lacq-Orthez has not started its season in the best possible way. Elan Béarnais fell on his floor against Bourg-en-Bresse. A meeting hooked from the start before seeing JL Bourg, carried by Eric Mika (21 points) take off at the start of the second quarter to be fourteen points ahead. The Pau reunited just before half-time to return to the front at the end of the third quarter. However, Brandon Jefferson’s teammates (22 points) gave in in the last ten minutes for an eight-point loss (71-79).
BASKET – BETCLIC ELITE / 1ST DAY
Friday October 1, 2021
FOS on sea – Chalons-Reims : 58-88
The Portel – Orleans: 89-72
Dijon – Paris: 94-78
Saturday, October 2, 2021
Nanterre – Limoges: 88-87
Le Mans – Boulogne-Levallois: 83-65
Pau-Lacq-Orthez – Bourg-en-Bresse : 71-79
Roanne – Monaco : 75-80
Strasbourg – Cholet : 73-74
Sunday October 3, 2021
5:00 p.m .: ASVEL – Gravelines-Dunkirk