COB Calais pulled off the biggest win during the last last weekend of LF2 action before the Christmas break against Léon Trégor (65-63). In a match that had 15 lead changes and 11 ties, it was the calmness of the visitors from the free-throw line that settled the game.
Léon Trégor are almost unbeatable at home and with their dominance on the boards (41-33) they should have been celebrating a victory. Instead they were poor in shooting from the three-point land with 1-of-13 and unsteady from the free-throw line with 14-of-22.
COB Calais on the other hand went 9-of-10 from the free-throw line and their captain Aurélie Cibert (16 points) was 4-of-8 from behind the arc.
Despite another big game from Oumou Kalsoum Touré with 22 points and 15 rebounds for the hosts it was the clever positioning of Floriane Herrscher (19 points) that gave Calais the edge as the game came to its close.
Keirra Mallard (10 points) who is beginning to find her way in French basketball scored the game winning shot in the last minute.
For Léon Tregor Leslie Matenga (10 points) was enjoying an extended run due to the absence of Aude Kernévez while Maria Butard continued her scoring spree with 18 points.
This result leaves Calais alone in second place, one game behind the LF2 leaders Cavigal Nice, at the half-way stage. Léon Tregor are tied for 3rd place with Angers.
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Ingrid Bunel scored 11 consecutive points for Pau-Lacq-Orthez as she single-handedly brought her team back into the match against Reims during the first quarter. She finished with 15 of her team's first 21 points as they trailed (21-23).
The two teams traded scores during the second quarter with Pau able to go into the locker room all square (36-36) thanks to Mariame Dia.
The hosts took charge during the third quarter and went into the final quarter leading (61-50). Yet within three minutes of the final quarter Reims were back in front on the back of 2 three-pointers by Pauline Lithard and some hard work from Maud Lesoudard.
Pau then took over control with Awe Geye (19 points) and the hard working Dia (20 points) to win another exciting match (78-73). Yet what is happening to Janeka Lopp absent in this game as she had been suspended by her club?
Illkirch-Graffenstaden had no trouble in beating the CFBB (87-51). Céline Schmitt was quiet despite scoring 24 points and picking up 9 rebounds while other players were given a chance to gain experience in LF2.
For the CFBB the negative series continues with their 11th consecutive defeat.
In the final game of the weekend US Laveyron muscled their way past Roche Vendée (72-66) with Elena Vishnyakova helping herself to 17 points. Pulcherie Ayi and Leslie Fournier had 16 points each while Elodie Tadeuszak completed the double-digit scoring with 14 points.
For Roche Vendée Johanna Tayeau led the scoring with 21 points.
At the end of the match Etienne Faye the coach from US Laveyron said that he was satisified with the results and that his players followed the plan, alternating their offensing options and made good choices when shooting three-pointers.
For Roche Vendée their coach Emmanuel Body responded that his team did not play well. They turned the ball over too often and lacked the intensity to win the match.
In the other game from this round Anger had beaten Limoges (82-44) in a match played during round 5 in October.
LF2 results from round 13
US Laveyron 72-66 Roche Vendée
Pau-Lacq-Orthez 78-73 Reims BF
Léon Trégor Basket 29 63-65 COB Calais
Illkirch-Graffenstaden 87-51 CFBB
Angers 82-44 Limoges
We have included the official regular season standings as issued by the French Basketball Federation (FFBB) below.
It should be noted that all the teams were handed a 20-0 victory against Etoile de Voiron and SO Armentiéres although they are not included in the table. This is the reason that the CFBB have two victories to their name despite not winning a match this season.
L2F Regular season standings after 13 rounds
|1||CAVIGAL NICE BASKET 06||13||12||0||1||848||626||222||25|
|2||COTE D'OPALE BASKET CALAIS||13||11||0||2||865||657||208||24|
|3||ANGERS - UNION FEMININE BASKET 49||13||10||0||3||797||618||179||23|
|4||LEON TREGOR BASKET 29||13||10||0||3||813||695||118||23|
|5||ELAN BEARNAIS PAU LACQ ORTHEZ||13||9||0||4||772||758||14||22|
|6||US LAVEYRON DROME||13||8||0||5||747||656||91||21|
|7||REIMS BASKET FEMININ||13||8||0||5||800||735||65||21|
|9||ROCHE VENDEE BC||13||6||0||7||769||700||69||19|
|10||DUNKERQUE MALO BASKET CLUB||13||4||0||9||782||907||-125||17|
|11||LIMOGES ABC EN LIMOUSIN||13||3||0||10||672||897||-225||16|
|12||CENTRE FEDERAL BB (CFBB)||13||2||0||11||589||795||-206||15|
Date created: 26 December 2012
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LF2 basketball season articles
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15 April 2013: Léon Trégor out, Angers in the F4
07 April 2013: Cavigal Nice have one hand on the trophy
23 March 2013: First victory of the season for the CFBB
17 March 2013: Will Nice be dethroned by COB Calais in their title chase?
10 March 2013: Calais walloped Dunkerque while Pau is chasing top 4 finish
09 March 2013: Maud Lesoudard, February player of the month
03 March 2013: Better days at Limoges
24 February 2013: Who can stop Cavigal Nice ? - not the CFBB
11 February 2013: Dunkerque Malo pull off a win
4 February 2013: Pau Lacq Orthez and Roche Vendée finally back to winning ways
21 January 2013: Dream teams of the LF2: Cavigal Nice and COB Calais
13 January 2013: Impressive performance by Célia Mauler for Illkirch-Graffenstaden
06 January 2013: Meilleure joueuse en Décembre / best player of the month
26 December 2012: US Laveyron can celebrate New Year with reassurance
22 December 2012: US Laveyron are still in the competition
16 December 2012: Illkirch-Graffenstaden produce while Dunkerque stay at the bottom
09 December 2012: Cavigal Nice and Calais won on the road
05 December 2012: Le visage de la meilleure joueuse en Novembre / best player of the month
02 December 2012: Exciting games with some surprising outcomes
26 November 2012: The pressure is on for Limoges
19 November 2012: Nothing can stop Reims in their LF2 final four aspiration
11 November 2012: Round 7: Limoges' new kit did not help, Dunkerque need inspiration
10 November 2012: Shenita Landry is LF2 October player of the month
05 November 2012: Cavigal Nice win again while there is plenty of drama elsewhere
28 October 2012: Round 5: Experience and youth make it an exciting weekend
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