Widely beaten in Angers last week (95-70), the Union Tarbes / Lourdes receives the red lantern in the Marian city this evening (8 p.m.).
This championship meeting was transformed into a gala match to pay tribute to the former president of the Lourdes Bigorre Basket Club, Edouard Sersiron, recently, the best tribute that the U’Boys could pay would be to transform the grand cru performance that they had provided during the derby against Toulouse on October 12 (67-54). And by the way, do not forget the heavy defeat suffered in Angers even if, according to Chris Chougaz, the gap does not reflect the meeting well. Deprived of two important players, the Union has seen its rotation in the face of a formation with a workforce allowing an efficient turnover.
But the Greek technician does not want to find excuses: “We lost in the last two minutes of the first half, and the last three of the match, but we do not deserve 25 points difference. It’s not a big deal against an undefeated team. The important match is the one we play on Friday, in Lourdes, at home “.
Today everything is going well? “We get Anthony Prugniers back, so I have 9 players but of course Clément (Morel) is missing. I count on everyone to have a good match, the coach is there to motivate them and of course, Friday, the context makes I am sure they will do what is necessary. We must put enthusiasm on the floor. There will be people, and I hope in yellow and red! “
Bordeaux in pain
One victory (Cergy), four defeats (Angers, Les Sables, Dax, Rennes), an average of 82.8 points against 71.4 points scored with a calendar to come not simple, Bordeaux does not breathe serenity. Currently red lantern, the JSA are still taken seriously by the Bigourdan coach. In this championship, and it will last the whole season, every match is difficult, it will be interesting until the end. Against Bordeaux, we have to put our pace of play, the energy in our defense to gain confidence. Bordeaux is very offensive. “
The formation motivated by Joachim Duthé is young, only three players are 25 years old or more: the Lithuanian pivot, Vorotnikovas, 30 years old; captain Vialaret, 26, and new recruit, American winger LaMontray Harris, 25, who will play in Lourdes his first match in NM1 after a stint in Ukraine and Vietnam. An X factor to watch out for.