Calais or Charleville in danger of losing LFB status
Basket Landes got LFB round 22 off to an electrifying start with (67-56) victory against Aix-en-Provence.
Basket Landes, playing at home in front of a capacity crowd, did not have the best of starts missing their first six shots and trailed (1-5) with three minutes played.
A trey by Anaïs Le Gluher (above in picture) with five minutes played put the hosts in front for good (9-7) and set them off on a run that enabled them to win the first quarter (21-13).
Aix-en-Provence had the better of the second quarter but were only able to reduce their deficit to 4 points going into the interval (34-38).
Aix-en-Provence battled away with Zoi Dimitrakou, Hollie Grima and Natalie Hurst doing most of the damage as they reduced the deficit to a single point (39-40) with less than two minutes played in the third quarter.
Basket Landes went to work inside the paint with Bineta Diouf, Jennifer Humphrey (left) and Tamera Young to stay in the lead.
Basket Landes pushed their advantage to 12 points but had to settle for a 9-point advantage going into the final quarter after Isabelle Strunc hit a buzzer beater from down-town.
The final quarter was hit and miss by both teams with just 16 points scored between them. The supporters of Basket Landes were happy as their side walked off with the victory (67-56) with Humphrey's double-double of 17 points and 11 rebounds.
Toulouse won their second LFB match of the season in beating COB Calais (57-56). This result almost marks the end of the relegation battle for Calais.
COB Calais, playing at home, had the chance to win the game in the last seconds but the efforts by Aurélie Cibert and Pelagia Papamichail went astray.
Shanavia Dowdell led the way with a double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds for Toulouse and was supported by Chandrea Jones who scored 10 points and also picked up 12 rebounds.
Corinne Benintendi's (left) Union Hainaut turned an 8-point deficit into a 6-point advantage to beat her former club Challes-les-Eaux (65-59).
UHB had five players in double digits with Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton and Amanda Jackson leading the way with 14 points each. For Challes-les-Eaux Mistie Bass was the only player in double digits with 29 points.
USO Mondeville ended their negative series by beating Montpellier (70-66).
Mondeville scored the first 9 points of the game and dominated the first quarter (24-11). They stayed in front all the way to the end but were unable to tame their guests and had to work hard right up to the last second.
With Montpellier losing Bourges Basket are now the 2011 LFB regular season champions.
On Sunday Bourges Basket stopped Nantes-Rezé from entering the top four by beating them (70-64) whereas Tarbes move back to second place after winning against Arras (62-46). Villeneuve d'Ascq secured their LFB status by defeating Charleville-Mézières (58-50).
Bourges Basket confirmed their status as the number one team in the LFB with a hard fought victory against Nantes-Rezé (70-64).
Nantes-Rezé needed to win to move into the top four and went all out to achieve this from the tip-off to lead (21-15) at the end of the first quarter.
Four minutes into the second quarter Nantes-Rezé stretched their advantage to 9 points (29-20). However Bourges fought back and snatched the lead (34-33) through Paoline Salagnac with the last score of the first half.
Apart from 20 seconds midway through the third quarter when Nantes-Rezé regained the advantage (43-41) Bourges Basket controlled the pace of the game with Emméline Ndongue, Nwal-Endéné Miyem and Styliani Kaltsidou all scoring in double digits.
However the player of the LFB match was Lindsey Taylor (right) who scored 21 points.
Tarbes recovered from a disastrous first quarter (11-23) to run out winners against Arras (62-46).
This victory put them back into second place in the LFB standings.
Villeneuve d'Ascq have secured their place in the LFB for next season after beating Charleville-Mézières (58-50).
Villeneuve had a poor first half, going 0-from-10 from beyond the arc and trailed (21-32) at the end of the first half.
The hosts quickly turned things around in the second half with 7 quick points.
Yet Villeneuve continued to miss the unmissable but Charleville-Mézières were unable to score themselves.
Villeneuve went in front for the first time with 29 minutes through Carla Thomas (35-34).
Laurie Datchy hit her team's first three-pointer of the game (16 attempts) with 10 seconds to play in the quarter which was followed by 2 points from Elodie Bertal (40-36).
The final quarter was controlled by Villeneuve d'Asq to win (58-50).
Basket Landes 67-56 Aix-en-Provence
Basket Landes: Aminata Konate 0, Katarina Manic 2 (5 assists), Bineta Diouf 8, Anaïs Le Gluher 13, Julie Barennes 0, Tamera Young 14, Julia Borde DNP, Marion Laborde 13, Laurie Lapeyre DNP, Marion Pujos DNP, Jennifer Humphrey 17(11 rebounds)