First ever LFB-TV match in Basket Landes sees officials stealing the show
The LFB-TV premiere in Saint-Sever between Basket Landes and USO Mondeville was highlighted by a number of officiating decisions even confusing the experienced commentary.
The players and coaches were involved in many running conversations with the officials that resulted in 3 technical fouls being called.
The officials put themselves in difficulty early in the first quarter with long sermons warning players about flopping which were not appreciated by the players.
The game itself did not appear to be rough or physical during the opening quarter. However Basket Landes still picked up 7 team fouls and their interiors Jennifer Humphrey and Agne Abromaite were mainly penalised with 2 fouls each.
Mondeville took full advantage by making 7-from-10 free throws. All the same Basket Landes led (19-15) by the end of the first quarter.
During the second quarter Basket Landes continued to shoot from distance while Mondeville concentrated on working inside the paint as the teams traded scores.
For Basket Landes, Humprey's nightmare continued with her picking up a charge for her 3rd foul which meant more time on the bench. In addition Anaïs Le Gluher-Cano's temperature was rising with the officials.
Julie Barennes' second trey of the game with 30 seconds remaining in the second quarter (34-30) appeared to have settled the hosts. Yet with five seconds to play the match was turned upside down.
Le Gluher-Cano went charging down the court and looked certain to score on the fast break to give her side a 6-point lead.
Unfortunately she was fouled by Hhadydia Minte and missed her lay-up. Although Le Gluher-Cano was awarded the free throws for the foul against her, she was not happy about something and talked herself into a technical foul.
Gluher-Cano was unable to compose herself and missed both free throws. She then had to watch as Ingrid Tanqueray from Mondeville converted 1-from-2 free throws for the technical and then hit a three-pointer on the buzzer to tie the game (34-34) at the interval.
After the break Basket Landes were quickly back in control. They were cruising (47-38) with just over 26 minutes played when a simple foul by Naignouma Coulibaly turned into another official drama.
The game was held up for several minutes because Humphrey who was fouled picked up a technical for raised elbows and the officials got confused on the order of free throws.
After a comedy of errors the free throws were taken and the game was resumed. Both teams were out of sync but Basket Landes held onto the advantage going into the final quarter (52-47).
Laëtitia Kamba went on the war path at both ends of the court at the start of the fourth quarter and brought her team to within a single point of Basket Landes (55-56) with five minutes to play.
The pendulum then swung in favour of the hosts for the remaining time. A three-ball by Le Gluher-Cano with 35 seconds to play more or less made the game safe(66-59).
Mondeville needed to foul quickly in order to keep the game going at the free-throw line. But an unsportsmanlike foul called on Tanqueray with 24 seconds left to play brought the contest to an end.
Basket Landes won (68-62) with Katarina Manic (in picture) leading the way with 13 points and 6 assists. Le Gluher-Cano and Barennes had 10 points each. For USO Mondeville Kamba was by far the best player with 20 points.
However this LFB-TV game should be remembered more for the officiating then the basketball.