Lyon win the semi-final first leg against Villeneuve d’Ascq
The ASVEL players won the first leg of the Eurocup 2023 semi-final on Wednesday, which pitted them against Villeneuve d’Ascq, 84 to 80, on the floor of the Mado Bonnet hall in Lyon.
The two teams were tied for a long time, the Northerners leading by one point at half-time (44-43), before accelerating just after the break and counting up to ten points ahead in the third quarter. , well led by their American backs Kennedy Burke (28 points, 5 rebounds) and Kamiah Smalls (21 pts, 7 rebounds, 9 assists).
But the Lyonnaises managed to gradually rise to the score, thanks to the work of their winger Gabby Williams (19 pts, 9 rebounds, 3 assists) and the festival of Marine Johannès (17 pts, 1 rebound, 7 assists) particularly in the legs in money time.
This is the second victory in a week for ASVEL players against Villeneuvoises, beaten in the semi-finals of the Coupe de France (77-64), at home, exactly one week ago.
The next confrontation between the two teams will be held on the return trip to Villeneuve d’Ascq on March 23.
In the other semi-final, the Turks of Galatasaray move for the first leg in Venice this Thursday.
The name of the successor to Bourges, defending champion will be known after the final which will also be played in two matches, on April 5 and 12.