Tarbes lead LFB Championship play-off final series
Tarbes had won the first game of the 2009 LFB Championship play-off final series while playing at home. However they then went on to lose the series with back to back defeats in Bourges.
Tarbes have ended a negative series going back to 2003, when they had last won a match at the home of Bourges Basket by winning (76-73).
Bourges' first home game of the season had ended in defeat to Arras (81-84) and they have ended their home programme with a defeat.
Frida Eldebrink (pictured) was the hero for Tarbes in this game. She scored her team's first 8 points while they trailed (14-8) early in the quarter. Her trey at the end of the first half enabled Tarbes to go into the interval ahead (40-38).
Eldebrink finished the game with 24 points which included 4-of-9 from beyond the arc.
The other big players of the game were Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui, Emma Randall and Hamchetou Maïga-Ba.
For Randall and Maïga-Ba their contribution was crucial as they provided the extra support for Eldebrink and Yacoubou-Dehoui.
For Bourges Basket Katarina Manic dished out the assists. Nwal-Endéné Miyem played her heart out and Emméline Ndongue dominated the rebounds. But it was not enough to win the game.
The match itself was very physical and tactical. Bourges had the better of the first quarter and led (22-17) by the end of the first quarter.
Tarbes dominated the early part of the second quarter to lead (40-38) at the break.
The cat and mouse game continued all through the third quarter with Tarbes holding on to the advantage (56-55).
The final quarter was tense. Tarbes' foul problems saw them fall behind (72-71) with 2 points from the charity stripes by Miyem with the game in the last minute and Hamchetou Maïga-Ba fouling out.
The rest of the points came from the free-throw line and it was Yacoubou-Dehoui who managed to draw her international team-mate Ndongue into fouling her.
Yacoubou-Dehoui scored the two shots. Florence Lepron and Eldebrink split pairs to give the guests a 4-point lead.
Isis Arrondo was in the dying seconds adjudged to have fouled Manic while she went for a three-point shot.
Manic scored just 1-from-3 and Bourges ended up losing the game.