Tarbes and Bourges both won. Yet neither team gained anything from the victory, they remain in 1st and 2nd place. However it was not so good for the teams they defeated. Mondeville dropped from 4th place alone into a three-way tie in fifth place.
For Villeneuve d'Ascq the defeat means that the LFB play-off qualification depends on Lattes Montpellier, Nantes-Rezé and USO Mondeville losing their reaming games.
Lattes-Montpellier made hard work of beating Armentières. They allowed their guests to lead (6-1) before coming back to take the first quarter (16-9) in a festival of turnovers for both sides.
Montpellier looked to have everything in control leading (20-9). But Armentières went on a 13-3 run to make it a 2-point game before the hosts recovered to go into the break leading (36-26).
This was the general pattern of the game: Montpellier opened a lead and Armentières came back. However Armentières were unable to get the lead back. Yet with 50 seconds left to play, Montpellier's advantage (64-61) was down to 3 points.
Gaëlle Skrela was the the player of the match with 22 points. Her free-throwing enabled Montpellier to hold on for the win (68-63).
Montpellier play Mondeville next, a victory for Montpellier will eliminate Mondeville from the play-offs.
Aix-en-Provence have to win one more game than Armentières and Toulouse to escape relegation, so a defeat against Calais would have meant relegation.
Tiffany Stansbury (left) had one of those games where everything worked as she scored a game high 22 points. Her team-mates Claudia Das Neves, Julie Page and Claire Tomaszewski backed her up with double-digit scores. Aix went a perfect 14-of-14 from the free-throw line as they beat Calais (73-54).
COB Calais played well for the first 10 minutes and then fell away. Although Jennifer Humphrey scored 16 points, she still missed most of her shots. Joyce Cousseins-Smith (right) ran her heart out as usual and scored 15 points and dished out 6 assists.
Toulouse had the better of Arras for 20 minutes and were leading (46-39). Arras, a team for third-quarter exploits, outscored Toulouse 36-15 to take hold of the game.
Leilani Mitchell fired in 3 three-pointers in a row at the end of the third quarter as Arras took control. Mitchell finished the game with 28 points, 11 assists and 2 steals.
Challes-les-Eaux are in no-man land in the LFB table. They cannot qualify for the LFB championship play-off and are well clear of relegation.
K. B. Sharp (left) had her best game of the season for Challes-les-Eaux. She went 6-of-7 from beyond the arc for a total of 22 points. She also picked up 8 rebounds and gave out 4 assists as Challes-les-Eaux beat Limoges (76-49).
Basket Landes were hoping to leave the relegation zone for good and were well on their way by leading (39-27) at the interval against Nantes-Rezé.
However Laurent Buffard must have given his players a good telling off during the break, because they were a different team in the second half.
Leslie Ardon and Yuliya Andreyeva found their range from beyond the arc while Lindsay Taylor (right) and Mame-Marie Sy-Diop dominated the paint as they reduced the deficit.
Basket Landes were on the back foot and in trouble but managed to go into the final quarter leading (50-47).
The final quarter was an ugly affair as neither side gave an inch.
The game was tied (64-64) with a minute to play. Basket Landes used a time-out and Buffard decided to bring Kathleen MacLeod back into the game.
MacLeod's next action was to find Sy-Diop free, who hit a trey for Nantes to take the lead for good. The rest of the points came from the free-throw line with Camille Aubert making 2-from-4.
Nantes won the match (69-64) and stay in the hunt for a top 4 finish while the loser of the round is Basket Landes.
Basket Landes have to play Toulouse and Armentières in the last two games. If they win one match, then they are out of the relegation picture.
In the case of two defeats it is possible that they may be involved in a tie for 13th place.
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Aix-en-Provence 73-54 COB Calais
Bourges Basket 68-51 USO Mondeville
Challes les-Eaux 76-49 Limoges ABC
Basket Landes 64-69 Nantes Rezé
Lattes Montpellier 68-63 SO Armentières
Tarbes 80-74 Villeneuve d'Ascq
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