> The essential
By winning last night in Isère the TBC kept a few chances of qualifying for the 8th finals. He has indeed returned to 1 point from the seventh and last qualifying place occupied by his host of the day. But he did not recover the positive average point and will have to do without fault while counting on a defeat of Pont-de-Cheruy against Les Sables d’Olonne in the last. The window shrinks.
> The encounter
Authors of a good first quarter (2-6, 3rd, thanks to two 3 points from Aygalenq and Ponsar, 17-21, 10th), Stéphane Dao’s men suffered in the second period. Pont-de-Chéruy making, in the last five minutes of the 1st half, the score go from 29-26 (15th) to 47-35 (20th), with Nseke Ebele and Chelle in attack.
Returning from the locker room, the TBC did not find the parade right away (59-43, 25th). The 4-19 in the last five minutes of the 3rd period allowed him to maintain the suspense to start the last quarter, more money-time than ever (63-62, 30th). The victory will therefore be played on details, on fatigue, on address. The two teams are performing blow for blow. Tchoubaye Bakala takes two free throws (83-79) with 1 minute and 18 seconds left to play. Bondron is aggressive but misses two of his four shots (83-81). Not serious ! Thimon at 3 points gives victory to the TBC (83-84).