If the results of the second round of LFB basketball games are used as a reference for the rest of the season then this championship is going to be spectacular.
Toulouse trailed at home for most of the match against USO Mondeville and yet beat them (61-58).
While in the French press the victory of Toulouse is headline news, this success does not really come as a surprise.
Matthieu Chauvet, the coach from Toulouse was so disappointed after their defeat at the Open LFB, in a match he was convinced his team could have won that he was already focusing on the match against USO Mondeville.
K. B. Sharp from Mondeville also hinted that last week that there were
no surprises in LFB basketball and that everybody just had to take it
one match at a time.
For Mondeville their bad habits from last season (2011-2012) on the road once again let them down as they allowed a third-quarter double digit lead evaporate with five minutes left to play.
Toulouse shot the ball better when it mattered at the end to sneak the victory. Lorraine Lokoka (in picture) from Toulouse was the game leading scorer with 15 points.
This is the first time in LFB basketball under the current system that both promoted teams had won a game by the second round.
This weekend two LFB basketball games were streamed live for viewers around the world.
In the first game Hainaut Basket, playing at home, improved on their performance from the Open LFB but still ended up losing.
Hainaut Basket led Perpignan (18-11) at the end of the first quarter but lost their way in the second quarter as their opponents turned things around with long distance shooting to lead at the break (30-24).
The guests ended the game as a contest with a 12-0 run during the third quarter to lead by 14 points (42-28) with 12 minutes to play.
Perpignan cruised the rest of the way for the club's first ever victory in the LFB (62-47).
In the other streamed game Charleville-Mézières were easily beaten by Bourges Basket (49-60). The hosts failed to hit a shot from beyond the arc 0-from-6 while they also did not produce the flourish of last season when playing in front of the cameras of Ardennes TV.
Bourges Basket once again gave a demonstration on why they are the LFB basketball champions. Bourges were calm and cool but ruthless when required.
In the first quarter Emméline Ndongue came out with big blocks on Amel Bouderra and Ekaterina Dimitrova.
Neither player recovered from this treatment and did not attack the basket much more for the rest of the game. If not for Djéné Diawara's efforts inside the paint the hosts would have been blown away.
At the start of the final quarter Bourges Basket went 3-of-3 from beyond the arc with three different players scoring to bring the contest to an end (56-37) with eight minutes to play.
Last week Gaëlle Skrela (in picture) was amongst our list for the best players at the Open LFB after her performance in beating Toulouse.
This weekend she earned the first ever wbbif player of the month accolade after her masterly display against Tarbes.
She went 10-of-11 from from the floor, a perfect 3-of-3 from the free-throw line for her total of 24 points. She also dished out 4 assists and picked up 1 steal as Lattes Montpellier won on the road (75-56). Géraldine Robert was also on form with 18 points.
Nathalie Hurst may have gone but Aix-en-Provence have another Australian to cheer about. Cayla Francis put Aix-en-Provence in front for good in the closing minutes of their match against Lyon.
Francis finished with 17 points and 11 rebounds in the (69-67) victory.
Nantes-Rezé made it two wins from two games by knocking off Villeneuve d'Ascq (84-74).
Viktoria Mircheva and Marielle Amant fired in 20 points apiece for the winners. Bintou Dieme led Villeneuve with 23 points while their captain Olayinka Sanni scored 16 points before fouling out.
It is never easy to win a match in Arras but Basket Landes managed it (53-43) with 15 points coming from Sabrina Reghaïssia.
Arras had a poor shooting day (15-of-52) and also committed 17 turnovers.
So after two rounds of LFB basketball, the three teams from the North of France, Arras, Villeneuve d'Ascq and Hainaut Basket have been winless.
Aix-en-Provence 69-67 Lyon BF
Aix-en-Provence: Kelly Corre 2 (3 steals), Shona Thorburn 13 (5 assists), Sylvie Gruszczynski 11, Adja Konteh 6, Lizanne Murphy 14, Natty Chambertin DNP, Marianna Tolo 6, Cayla Francis 17 (11 rebounds)
Lyon: Romy Bär 9 (6 assists), Alexia Plagnard 8, Mélanie Plust DNP, Leslie Ardon 0, Mame-Marie Sy-Diop 13 (10 rebounds), Sarah Chevaugeon 9, Danielle Page 12, Emilija Podrug 16
Charleville-Mézières 49-60 Bourges Basket
Charleville-Mézières: Amel Bouderra 4, Anne-Sophie Pagnier 2, Johanna Joseph 0, Louise Bellanger 0, Claire Michell 0, Ekaterina Dimitrova 4, Djéné Diawara 15, Yacine Sene 8, Aminata Nar Diop 8, Aurélie Bonnan 8
Bourges Basket: Romane Bernies 3, Frida Eldebrink 7, Céline Dumerc 12 (4 assists), Pauline Krawczyk 7, Zoi Dimitrakou 12, Stephany Skrba 13 (10 rebounds), Emméline Ndongue 2, Sophia Elenga 0, Simona Ballardini 4
Arras 42-53 Basket Landes
Arras: Jolly Belleka DNP, Elodie Mendy 0, Mamignan Touré 5, Johanne Gomis-Halilovic 6, Aurélie Carmona 4, Krissy Bade 0, Sandra Dijon-Gérardin 7, Astan Dabo 7 (14 rebounds), Ines Ajanovic 3, Katerina Dorogobuzova 3, Dawn Evans 10
Basket Landes: Olivia Epoupa 0, Carmen Guzman 12, Tamara Abalde 1, Kamila Stepanova 4, Anaïs Le Gluher-Cano 9, Valériane Ayayi 2, Marion Laborde 4, Sabrina Reghaïssia 15, Jennifer Humphrey 6
Hainaut Basket 47-62 Perpignan
Hainaut Basket: Laura Garcia 2, Romina Ciappina 0, Carine Paul 4, Emilie Silbande 10, Ashley Houts 18, Marie-Frédérique Ayissi 2, Stefanie Murphy 8, Vera Perostiyska 3
Perpignan Basket: Abby Bishop 11, Diandra Tchatchouang 3, Clémentine Samson DNP, Laina Badiane 0, Isabelle Strunc 3, Fatou Dieng 2, Pauline Lo 14, Iva Ciglar 0 (4 assists), Elodie Bertal 0, Angie Bjorklund 17 (10 rebounds), Héléna Ciak 12
Tarbes 56-75 Lattes Montpellier
Tarbes: Joyce Cousseins-Smith 0, Paoline Salagnac 10 (5 assists), Gabriela Ocete 7, Lauren Ervi 5, Laurie Datchy 4, Naura El Gargati 2, Jovana Rad 13, Charlotte Preiss 8, Angelica Robinson 7
Lattes Montpellier: Lidija Turcinovic 7, Virginie Brémont 6 (4 assists, 1 steal), Ana Cata-Chitiga 4, Edwige Lawson-Wade 7, Géraldine Robert 18, Ana Lelas 5, Gaëlle Skrela 24 (4 assists), Justine Barthelemy 0, Fatimatou Sacko 4
Toulouse 61-58 USO Mondeville
Toulouse: Inesa Visagaudaite 3, Agathe Degorces 0, Julie Legoupil 8, Darline Nsoki 10 (4 steals), Demetress Adams 8, Maud Medenou 2, Carrem Gay 10, Adrijana Knezevic 5, Lorraine Lokoka 15
USO Mondeville: K. B. Sharp 6, Ingrid Tanqueray 10 (7 assists), Kadidia Minte 2, Giedre Paugaite 9, Laëtitia Kamba 13, Marie-Bernadettte Mbuyamba 2, Naignouma Coulibaly 10, Binta Drammeh 0, Amanda Lassiter 6
Nantes-Rezé 84-74 Villeneuve d'Ascq
Nantes-Rezé: Viktoria Mircheva 20, Caroline Aubert 8, Elodie Naigre 0, Sarah Michel 6 (4 assists), Isis Arrondo 5 (4 assists), Yuliya Andreyeva 11, Marielle Amant 20, Tatyana Troïna 10, Bernadette N'Goyisa 4
Villeneuve d'Ascq: Émilie Duvivier 3, Bintou Dieme 23, Stéphanie Dubois 5, Amélie Pochet 10, Jennifer Digbeu 5, Alice Nayo 4, Olayinka Sanni 16, Lenae Williams 6, Sandra Pirsic 2, Bojana Vulic 0
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