The competitive contest between Bourges Basket and Charleville-Mézières did not last long. With three minutes played and Bourges leading 6-0 the contest was already over.
Charleville-Mézières' first points came from the free-throw line through Djéné Diawarra with four minutes played. The only other points in the first quarter for them came from Yacine Séné (4 points) who is a product from the Bourges Basket youth academy.
With just 2-from-17 shots from the field in the first quarter Romuald Yernaux (in picture), the coach from Charleville-Mézières, knew that it was going to be a difficult evening.
Bourges went into the second quarter leading (18-6) but then relaxed for the first six minutes allowing their guests to reduce the deficit slightly (23-15).
This was as close as Charleville-Mézières was to get. For the remaining four minutes of the second quarter it was one-way traffic with Bourges Basket going into the interval with an extended advantage (34-17).
Bourges also dominated the rebounding statistics with 22-8.
During the second half of the match the Flammes Carolo scored a total of 14 points. So Valérie Garnier was able to play her full bench and try things out.
What was more interesting in this game was the introduction of the youth players. For Bourges, Romane Bernies and Margaux Galliou-Loko did not score while playing more than five minutes each. On the other hand Christelle Diallo made her three minutes count with 4 points to her name.
For Charleville-Mézières Eléonore Grossemy had an extended run of 15 minutes while scoring 2 points and dishing out 1 assist.
In terms of scoring Bourges Basket was led by Cathy Joens with 11 points while Nwal-Endéné Miyem (3 assists) and Ieva Kublina had 10 points each. Greek international Styliani Kaltsidou dished out 3 assists while scoring 7 points. Céline Dumerc did not score but dished out a game high 6 assists.
For Charleville-Mézières Zoi Dimitrakou and Ekaterina Dimitrova top scored with 6 points each.
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Date created: 8 February 2012