Lyon's 39-year wait for another youth Coupe de France trophy is over after beating Tango Bourges Basket (59-50) in the 2014 final. Lyon led from start to finish in a typical French youth game that had everything from suspense to tears.
Lyon scored the first 5 points of the match and managed to stay in front all the way to the end to lift their first French cup victory since 1975.
The first 20 minutes were typical youth basketball scrap with not much scoring but a lot of effort. Lyon had the better of the first quarter (15-6) but failed in turning their dominance into points. So they only went into the interval with a 5-point lead (26-21).
The third quarter turned into a youth basketball classic with both sides defending as if their lives depended on it.
Bourges were driven by Lisa Berkani and Chloé Mantelin chasing after the game. Lyon's clutch shooting from Evita Herminjard (49-44) gave Lyon the edge with five minutes to play.
Gundo Diallo from Bourges then brought the game to life with a rainbow three from way behind the three-point line to make it a two-point game (47-49).
However this was as close as it got with both teams making typical youth errors in the closing seconds.
Lyon went on to win (59-50) to lift the U17 French Cup for the first time after almost four decades.
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The scorers of both teams:
4 Sophia DJERIRI 3 points
Tango Bourges Basket
4 Marine GLON 2 points
The following players did not play but collected a medal.
Quoique les Lyonnaises ont un avantage important dans le premier quart
(15-6) contre les Tangos, elles n'arrivent pas à dominer le match.
A l'interval, elles mènent par 5 petits points (26-21).
Les jeunes joueuses de Bourges Basket, emmenées par Lisa Berkani et Chloé Mantelin, essayent le tout pour le tout pour ramener l'équipe au score. Puis avec cinq minutes à jouer, Evita Herminjard met un panier pour redonner les 5 points d'avance à Lyon (49-44).
Mais Gundo Diallo de Bourges donne l'espoir à Bourges avec un tir à 3 points (47-49).
Pourtant c'est Lyon qui emporte cette rencontre pour soulever la coupe après 39 ans d'attente.
Date created: 10 May 2014
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