It is time for the Olympic games tour to end and LFB basketball become priority for Bourges Basket after a surprise defeat again Lyon BF.
The players from Bourges Basket and Lyon were guests of honour for a match between ASVEL and Cholet from the men's Pro A league the evening before so that Pierre Vincent (coach of ASVEL) could be honoured with the Olympians from Bourges Basket.
Lyon BF spent a lot of time and effort promoting their match with Bourges Basket as the match of the season. The promotion worked because all the tickets were sold.
The history books should show that Lyon beat Bourges Basket (44-43) and that Mistie Mims with her 16 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals was the player of the match.
But if Nwal-Endéné Miyem's (14 points) last second effort had gone in she would have walked away with the award.
In a low scoring first quarter (14-6), Mims stamped her authority for the match with 10 points for Lyon.
The next 27 minutes were a festival of missing and excellent defending. Lyon were almost perfect from the free-throw line with 9-from-10 while Bourges were at 6-of-6.
Céline Dumerc from Bourges Basket brought the teams level (40-40) with three minutes to play and the stage was set for a nail biting finish.
Laurent Buffard initially gave the impression of total calmness because he did not use his two remaining time-outs. Instead he left it to his players on the court to sort things out.
Danielle Page (in picture) hit back to back shots for Lyon to lead (44-40) with just over 90 seconds to play.
But these last seconds were hard. Valérie Garnier
from Bourges used her three time-outs wisely but she also got some help
from the officials with two trips to the free-throw line in the last 18
However her players hit just 1-from-4 from the charity stripe which left them having to score from the last play to win. If the plan was to get the ball to Dumerc it failed, Miyem had to take the final shot and missed.
For Mims this was her first victory in the LFB against Bourges Basket and an excellent way to terminate the summer time with the clocks going back one hour.
Aix-en-Provence have only seven players in their LFB roster and their lack of rotation may have cost them the game against Perpignan Basket.
Perpignan had the best of starts in their first official match in the hall of Aix-en-Provence (24-12). Abby Bishop was perfect from behind the arc, 2-from-2 in her first-quarter tally of 10 points while Iva Ciglar was perfect from the floor (3-of-3).
Aix-en-Provence had the better of the second and third quarter to also lead briefly during the third quarter.
Although Marianna Tolo was the leading player for Aix-en-Provence with 17 points from 7-of-8 shots from the floor, her effort was not enough to stop her Australian counterpart Bishop (22 points) from winning (70-63).
Date created: 28 October 2012
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