Without transition, the PB86 continues with a strong trip this Friday in Toulouse, with the objective of making up for the Tarbaise “blunder” of Tuesday. The battle between Top 5 contenders promises to be Homeric.
Engaged in a marathon of eleven games in thirty-six days, the PB86 has little time to breathe between two games. After Tuesday night’s “frustrating” defeat in Saint-Eloi, against Tarbes-Lourdes (72-77), the Poitevins devoted their Wednesday to a work of recovery and… tactical implementation. A last training Thursday morning and, presto, they jumped on the bus to Toulouse. “The advantage of going on is that we don’t have too much time to think about it, quips Andy Thornton-Jones. We’re going there to challenge this great Toulouse team. ”
Which supposes not to reproduce the errors of Tuesday. Despite a domination on the rebounds (40 to 31) and a more oiled collective game (21pds against 13), Poitiers ended up losing its lucidity. “ We had a rather interesting game offensively, but the second quarter was catastrophic. We took too long to adapt to the area and we split up defensively. ” The PB therefore multiplied the stray bullets in this period (7, 15 in the end), while obstructing its chances of success. “Getting back to us at a cost of energy”, recognizes “ATJ”. This is the first time this season that the relegated Pro B has had such a long weak time. In Angers and Les Sables, the team had worked in spurts, with the same result, however. What will happen to Toulouse, proud 3rd in the morning of this 8th day?
Relphorde on appeal
Former Poitevin Ron Anderson Jr and his new teammates are “Worn on the attack”. It is the fourth most offensive team in Pool A (81.9pts), a formation “Experienced », Like the Anderson-Jr-Thimon-Sahraoui trio. They weigh together 37pts, 14rbds and 11pds, sorry! “Behind, there are the shooters Yao-Delon and Aygalencq, then the soldiers Mopsus, Yangue, Kouyaté, Gottin”, lists the technician from Poitou. Kouyaté was instrumental in TBC’s victory in Bordeaux, with his 13pts and 9rbds. That’s a lot of parameters to control. Julian N’Gu was left to rest and it was Moustapha Touré who made the trip to Haute-Garonne.
This top match will be an opportunity to see how Marcus Relphorde will react after his very average performance against Tarbes-Lourdes. PB’s second-best scorer (13pts) and best passer (2.9) finished 2/12 on shots, losing the equalizer ball (4bps in total). “Yet he entered his match very well by distributing caviar. It’s up to us to solve the problems collectively “, Concluded his coach.
8e National 1 day, Toulouse Basket Club (3e, 5v-2d) vs Poitiers Basket 86 (5e, 4v-3d), Friday October 29, 8 p.m. at the Petit Palais des Sports in Toulouse. Arbitration by MM. Benmerzouq and Journoud. Match to watch live on the TBC Facebook page.
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