In difficulty in the Euroleague, with two losses in a row, Asvel did not heal their penalties in the Championship, despite 24 points from Retin Obasohan. After having had a 12-point lead in the middle of the fourth quarter, the reigning three-time French champion collapsed and Dijon took advantage. In a sold-out Sports Palace, Markis McDuffie (25 points) and the indestructible David Holston (18 points, 9 assists) caught fire behind the arc to catch up with the JDA.
It took the lead 41 seconds from the buzzer, on a severe unsportsmanlike foul whistled against Charles Kahudi, whose arm hit Gregor Hrovat after a fight for the rebound. After two free throws from the Slovenian winger (90-88), Jacques Alingué countered Jonah Matthews then Charles Kahudi who were trying to equalize. Hrovat then ensured the Burgundian victory on the free throw line (95-90).
With 7 wins and 2 losses, Dijon goes back to third place in the Championship while Asvel (5-4) stagnates in sixth place before a week with two Euroleague matches: Wednesday against Bayern Munich then Friday at Panathinaikos.
Banchi succeeds in his first with Strasbourg
Appointed Thursday replacing Lassi Tuovi, Luca Banchi won his first match at the head of the SIG. The Italian coach saw his players have Fos-sur-Mer (80-76) at Rhénus. With 10 points and 6 rebounds, the pivot Bodian Massa, called as a training partner in early November with the France team, did not miss his reunion with the Provençal club. Red lantern before Saturday evening, Strasbourg joins Le Portel, Paris, Roanne and Fos with two victories on the clock.
Undefeated in the Eurocup after four days, Bourg-en-Bresse continues to rise in the Championship. The players of Frédéric Fauthoux signed a nice coup by winning at Le Mans (87-90). James Palmer Jr scored 24 points for the JL but it was young point guard Hugo Benitez who signed the action of the match: an interception on Matt Morgan while the Le Mans scorer had a ball to equalize 15 seconds from the buzzer. Bourg is now eighth, on the heels of Asvel.
Finally, in the last match of the evening, Pau-Orthez won at home against Gravelines (91-80). Led for a good part of the match, the Béarnais equalized three minutes from time on an award-winning basket from Garrett Sim, author in the wake of a long two-point shot to take the advantage definitively (80-78, 37th ). A final long-distance basket from Markeith Cummings (23 points) sealed the precious Pau victory. Eric Bartecheky’s players move up to 12th place (3 wins – 6 losses), with the same record as their victim of the evening.