Carla Thomas making LFB news headline

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LFB News: Carla Thomas leads Asptt Arras to Victory
Carla Thomas was in impressive form for Arras against Mourenx. She scored 30 points and took 11 rebounds as her side won (86-62).

Thomas scored 20 points in the first half which helped Arras go into the interval leading (43-23). She picked up a couple of fouls in the first half and had to sit out part of the third period. While she was off the court, Sylvie Gruszczynsk kept the scoreboard ticking and finished the match with 17 points. Sheana Mosch and Marielle Amant also finished in double digits with 15 and 14 points respectively.Mourenx played well in the first half of the match but with only Ana Lelas' and Kaayla Chones' 23 and 15 points each troubling Arras. Mourenx faded badly in the last 15 minutes of the match.

Mourenx' destiny in the LFB is no longer in their hands even if they win their remaining games. Arras need to win one more time in the next six games to end Mourenx' three year stay in the LFB.

Yacoubou and Mann of Tarbes warming up for the play-offs

Fatima de CamachoIt is clear that all is not well at Challes-les-Eaux these days but that did not take anything away from the performance of Tarbes.Isabelle Yacoubou had a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds while Kristen Mann top scored with 18 points and dishing out 5 assists as Tarbes crushed Challes (79-44).

Fatima De Camacho (left)and Clémence Beikes dished out 7 assists in a one-sided game. Liz Moeggenberg also had a big game with 15 points, 6 assists, 2 blocks and 5 rebounds. Tarbes are now two games up on Calais.

Cyril Sicsic still waiting

Cyril Sicsic

Cyril Sicsic, the head coach of Calais must be wondering when his luck will change. His team was beaten by Mondeville in overtime at the beginning of the month. Then Calais lost by 2 points to Challes.

Calais were trailing by 10 points against Aix-en-Provence (48-58) during the final period. In what is becoming Calais' trademark their side bounced back. They reduced their deficit (59-61) by the time the match had reached its last minute.

The final 60 seconds of the match were spent at the Aix' free-throw line as Calais hit 4-of-6 to win (65-59). Liad Suez-Karni was the top scorer with 16 points, while Magali Lacroix and Anastasia Kostaki scored 12 apiece.

The other LFB news from round 20

Lenae Williams scored 18 points for Mondeville as they recovered from a poor third quarter to overturn Reims (70-62). Mondeville kept Reims scoreless for eight minutes in the final period as they overcame a 7-point deficit.

USVO paced themselves to victory against Clermont-Ferrand (61-49), while Bourges Basket won on the road against Montpellier (61-49). Villeneuve beat Saint Amand (72-64) with Fatimatou Sacko scoring 22 points. Tamara Moore also scored 22 points for Saint Amand.

LFB action resumes in ten days while this weekend is reserved for the coupe de France.

LFB Round 20 Results and Box scores

COB Calais 59-65 Aix-en-Provence

Asptt Arras 82-62 Mourenx

Reims 62-70 Mondeville

Saint Amand 64-72 Villeneuve d'Ascq

USVO 61-49 Clermont-Ferrand

Tarbes 79-44 Challes-les-Eaux

Lattes Montpellier 65-77 Bourges

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Date: 20 March 2008

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