> The essential
La Rochelle is the place to glean its first victory of the season in Toulouse. The pressure weighs on the shoulders of the visitors and fails to produce a quality performance against a TBC too clumsy at 2 points (10 out of 31) to be able to win. Alexandre Aygalenq (8 out of 10 at 3 points, 4 fouls provoked, MVP of the match) was too lonely in attack last night.
> The encounter
Visitors get the best start (2-5, 3rd). Yao-Delon equalizes (5-5, 4th). Short two-point advantages, sometimes for Toulouse, sometimes for La Rochelle, and equalizations follow one another until the end of the first quarter when the yet clumsy TBC (2 out of 8 to 2 points in 10 minutes, 10 out of 31 in the end ) is in the lead (17-16) but his defense cannot compensate for everything (17-21, 11th). Aygalenq and Mopsus, at 3 points, reset the counters (23-23, 14th).
Highlight of Rupella (25-33, 16th). Despite his persistent clumsiness, like that of his captain Sahrawi (0 of 8 in 33 minutes), Toulouse (thank you Mopsus!) Glue back (35-35, 18th).
At the end of the half where we see more the referee Benoit Charruyer, who loves to do the show and who must have missed the public during the matches behind closed doors, La Rochelle regains the advantage (37-41, 20th). And remains in the lead (41-48, 24th). Kouyaté, Aygalenq and Thimon put on 5 3-point baskets in 5 minutes which wake up the public. Toulouse is ahead (61-58, 29th) and can believe in victory.
But he needs to breathe. La Rochelle, and its Congolese international Kayembé dominating under the circle (19 points, 7 rebounds, 6 fouls caused), take advantage (61-67, 32nd). Despite the threat Aygalenq (10 points in 10 minutes) which gives the defeat of TBC an honorable dimension, La Rochelle will no longer be worried.