COB Calais have finished the first half of the LF2 2013-2014 season with a perfect record after beating 2nd placed Roche Vendée in the game of the week.
COB Calais are at the moment two games clear at the top of the table and are just seven victories away from claiming a place in the Final 4.
For the first time this season all 14 teams were in action during the weekend. Perpignan - who are still not able to register Laurie Datchy - were beaten for the second time this week. A defeat on the road in midweek to Limoges was followed by a home defeat against Dunkerque Malo (57-60).
With all the issues surrounding the integration of Perpignan, the refusal of the French Federation to register Datchy because of the club exceeding their salary cap has not gone down well with the president of Perpignan Basket.
COB Calais are on a roll in LF2. In what was billed as the game of the week they knocked over Roche Vendée (72-58). Aurélie Cibert, COB Calais' captain was inspirational with 17 points, 4 assists and rebounds while Tiffany Clark and Mélanie Arnaud (in picture) chipped in 14 and 12 points respectively.
Despite the defeat Roche Vendée remain in second place in the LF2 regular season table.
Pau Lacq-Orthez and Illkirch-Graffenstaden who started the day in third and fourth place respectively failed to close the gap on the leaders after losing their weekend encounters.
Illkirch-Graffenstaden dropped down to fifth place after losing on the road to Limoges (58-64). Brooklyn Pope has finally settled in at Limoges. She picked up 27 rebounds while scoring 14 points. With this win, Limoges have moved up to fourth place.
Léon Trégor beat Pau Lacq-Orthez (74-70) with a master class three-point demonstration from Adrianna Gresnerova (7-from-12) who had a total of 25 points.
Reims BF had no problems against the CFBB (94-39) while Charnay Basket pushed aside Le Havre Basket (84-56). Chartres hung on for victory against Aix-en-Provence (56-53).
The situation at the bottom of the LF2 table is as follows: The CFBB are yet to win a game and are in last place. Perpignan have only played three games but with two defeats they may be not as strong as thought. Reims and Le Havre are tied for 8th place while Dunkerque who have played one game more are in 10th place.
Excluding Perpignan for the moment Charnay and Aix-en-Provence are the two teams in 11th and 12th place that are in the two relegation spots.
Le haut du tableau ne connait pas trop de changements avec COB Calais sur la première marche du podium et Roche Vendée à ses trousses.
Après sa défaite ce weekend Illkirch-Graffenstaden se situe à la cinquième, Limoges monte sur la quatrième place pendant que la troisième place est occupée par Pau Lacq-Orthez pendant que Aix-en-Provence et Charnay sont les lanternes rouges dans le tableau en excluant la CFBB et Perpignan.
COB Calais ne déçoit pas! Les Calaisiennes font preuve de leur potentiel en battant La Roche (72-58) avec capitaine Aurélie Cibert en bonne forme en inscrivant 17 points, 4 passes décisives et 4 rebonds.
Limoges reçoit Illkirch-Graffenstaden et s'impose (64-58) pendant que Pau Lacq-Orthez subit une défaite contre les locales de Léon Trégor (70-74). Avec cette victoire les Bretonnes restent prétendantes au Final Four.
Aix-en-Provence s'incline à Chartres (53-56) donnant au vainqueur une chance de poursuivre sa quête de se maintenir en dehors de la zone de relégation.
Reims et Dunkerque gagnent leurs rencontres respectives contre la CFBB (94-39) et Perpignan (60-57) et se situent avec ces victoires en 8e et 10e position.
Charnay bat Le Havre (84-58) mais est quand même la lanterne rouge du classement. Par contre Le Havre est 8e ex aequo.
Date created: 13 January 2014
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LF2 basketball season articles
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28 March 2014: Dunkerque Malo hit Roche Vendée
20 March 2014: Perpignan strive
09 March 2014: No luck for Reims BF
03 March 2014: First defeat for COB Calais
24 February 2014: Reims in trouble
09 February 2014: Charnay is suffering another defeat
03 February 2014: Who can challenge COB Calais?
26 January 2014: Perpignan are closing down
19 January 2014: CFBB win at last this season
13 January 2014: Aix-en-Provence at the bottom, COB Calais at the top
05 January 2014: Roche Vendée or COB Calais?
22 December 2013: COB Calais, only team left unbeaten
15 December 2013: Reims at the wrong end of the table
08 December 2013: Mourenx dislodge Roche Vendée
1 December 2013: Illkirch Graffenstaden bring down Pau Lacq-Orthez
24 November 2013: Limoges in trouble
17 November 2013: Higher and higher for Calais and Roche
11 November 2013: Perpignan or not Perpignan, that is not the question
2 November 2013: Finally a victory for Charnay Basket
27 October 2013: 40 points and more from Dace Pierre-Joseph
21 October 2013: COB Calais dominated north coast derby
13 October 2013: Reims BF get off to a flying start
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