> The essential
Deprived of the American Cortez, the Columérines bowed against the runner-up of the leader (Roanne), who thus remains undefeated after five meetings. They are eleventh in the standings before going to play, Saturday in Voiron, their late match against another undefeated and favorite of the group.
> The encounter
When analyzing the statistics of the scoresheet, it is important to note that Monaco made a break from free throws (18 registered out of 21 attempts for the Jurassian players Corentin Mahé against 6 out of 9 for the Columérines). A difference of 12 units which may explain the raw result of the encounter.
It is thus thanks to the free throws (nine in the first period) of Timera, arrival of La Tronche Meylan (Ligue 2) in the offseason, then of Souffrant that the Monegasques, very aggressive in attack therefore, finish in the lead the first period (10-14). They will stay there until the end of the game, without ever having more than nine points in advance, but with a certain collective control around their Anglo-Canadian pivot Chandler. And above all a more prolific bench.
So when Dufour and Chavoutier manage to score at 3 points in the second period, it is the American Ashunae Durant, summoned with a surname that smacks of basketball, trained at Hofstra University on the island of Long Island, who repel the locals.
After the break, it’s Ouardad’s turn, the former Tarbes player, to respond, 3 points, to Dufour.
In the end, the bench of Colomiers, despite the efficiency at 3 points from Périssé, registered only 9 points against 20 for that of Monaco. And it is not a problem of quantity since the two teams did not use only eight players.
The Columerines never gave up. With an efficient Cylinder (9 points in ten minutes), they even took away the last quarter in an area where Monaco secured their victory. Who ? To the Frankish Lancers, of course!