LFB South West derby Paoline Salagnac leads Tarbes to victory
Alain Jardel provided the colour commentary for LFB-TV and expressed his opinion on the 8-point sanction against Tarbes as an administrative error and that he hopes that everything will be rectified quickly.
He decided to base his pre-game analysis on the fact that Tarbes required to win by at least 23 points to win the head-to-head between the two teams.
The atmosphere in the hall was typical of a derby match with both sets of supporters making a lot of noise.
The two teams started defensively with most of the action under the basket. Then the game opened up in the last five minutes of the second quarter with the flood gates finally opening with the outside shooters hitting the target.
Tarbes managed to overturn the first-quarter deficit of 4 points to go into the locker room leading (39-33) after a solo effort buzzer beater drive to the basket by Maja Miljkovoc.
The game did not really flow as both sides over-dribbled and often chose the most difficult option.
All the same a 10-0 run by Basket Landes not only raised the intensity of the encounter but enabled them to lead briefly (43-41) midway through the quarter.
However Tarbes, driven by Paoline Salagnac (in picture), were able to regain the advantage and restore the 6-point lead by the end of the third quarter (53-47).
The last 10 minutes were exciting and the LFB match could have gone either way.
In the end with 17 seconds to play a tough decision by the officials finally swung the match in favour of the hosts, Tarbes.
What happened was that Basket Landes thought they had held out defensively and Tarbes had used up the 24 seconds before Ana-Maria Cata Chitiga picked up an offensive rebound of a missed drive by Paoline Salagnac.
Anyway in the scramble that occurred the ball went out of play and the officials decided a player from Basket Landes touched the ball last and no 24-second violation occurred.
So with the game tied (67-67) Tarbes had the chance to hold the ball for the last shot after in-bounding the ball. But Marion Laborde from Basket Landes went for the quick foul.
However her action backfired as it was called as an intentional foul (unsportsmanlike) which implies that Tarbes was given the ball after the free throws.
Salagnac hit 1-of-2 and Basket Landes then took too long to foul Alex Montgomery who then went on to hit her two free throws.
Basket Landed with no time-outs left had about three seconds to get down the court and hit a three-pointer. They tried but Anaïs Le Gluher-Cano's attempt fell well short and Tarbes took the victory (70-67).
Salagnac who is still wearing a face mask was in inspirational form and the player of the match. She went 4-of-5 from beyond the arc and finished with a game high 25 points.