Round 17: NF1 basketball at its best

For some communities NF1 basketball is the main sport and the pressure is now on for clubs at the bottom of the table.

  Club Points
1 Limoges 32
2 Roche Vendée 30
3 Charleville Mézières 30
4 Armentières 30
5 Illkirch-Graffenstaden 29
6 Strasbourg ABC 28
7 Toulouse 27
8 Dunkerque Malo 24
9 Nice Cavigal Olympic 24
10 Rennes Avenir 24
11 Etoile de Voiron 23
12 US Laveyron 22
13 CFBB (INSEP) 22
14 US Colomiers 21
15 Pleyber-Christ 21
16 Ifs 21

This weekend we covered two games between clubs placed at both ends of the table and we were given a treat.

In total 1178 points were scored in the 8 games this weekend with only one match classed as a blow out.

Limoges got back to winning ways with an important road victory against Rennes (70-55) to consolidate their position of leaders.

Charleville-Mézières had it easy as they cruised past US Laveyron (91-58).

The CFBB had taken their time to get going this season and they made their mark with a convincing victory against Strasbourg ABC (80-51).

Diandra Tchatchouang made a rear appearance for the CFBB and scored 12 points. She also had 2 assists, 3 blocks and 8 rebounds in 21 minutes.

Armentières have ambitions for the LFB

Stéphane Lalart   © SO ArmentièresStéphane Lalart, the head coach of Armentières, started the season with the objective of staying in NF1.

He is now thinking of a place in the NF1 final four and a possible promotion to the LFB.

This weekend his side travelled to Colomiers and was given a fright as their match went to the wire with a (67-66) victory.

Colomiers are fighting for their survival in the NF1 and were leading (18-12) by the end of the first period. They went into the interval with the slightest of advantage (34-33).

The third period was end to end basketball with the lead changing hands a few times until the game was tied for the last time (46-46).

Armentières then made the decisive break with Rachel Couba scoring back to back baskets. A final shot by Gaëtane Merlot for their side saw them go into the final period ahead (53-47).

The last quarter was ferocious with Nathalie Billaud scoring from all over the court for Colomiers finally regaining the lead (64-62) as the game was in money-time.Perrine Desmet  © SO Armentières

Virginie Bremont brought the teams level once again.

Then Perrine Desmet (right) fired in a shot from the land of many which turned out to be the winning shot.

Colomiers scored once more and had the chance to win the game. But Bremont intercepted the pass and the chance was gone.

Illkirch-Graffenstaden found it tough

The SIG had the most perfect start as they hit all their shots and led (10-0) with just three minutes played.

They went 12 points up and then disaster struck with Céline Schmitt-Sender picking up a second foul.

She had to leave the game for a while and Ifs took full advantage of her absence and experience to come back into the game and take the lead (18-17) by the end of the first period.

The problems continued for the home side as Aminata Konate spent more time on the bench with foul problems also.

AllisonVerneray  © Olivier SarreThe SIG had no answer for Julie Villain but managed to get the lead back as Allison Verneray (right) fought for everything in the paint and Aline Fischbach found her shooting touch (32-30).

The game was becoming more physical. Miguel Callejas, the Ifs head coach, was called for a technical foul early in the third period.

The SIG never looked comfortable but went into the final period with a 4-point lead thanks to a shot from the land of many by Marie-Noémie Privet (51-47).

Privit started the last quarter with her second three-pointer. However back to back baskets from Villain and Elvire Attiogbe for Ifs made it a 1-point game.

Schmitt-Sender came back into action for the SIG and helped her side open the first gap of any significance since the first quarter (65-55). However Ifs came storming back.

The SIG weathered the storm and held on to win (69-60) with Verneray finishing with a double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds.

NF1 basketball news from the rest of the games

Roche Vendée went on a 13-0 run at the end of the second period in their match against Nice to take charge of the game (51-36) at the interval.

They increased their lead to 22 points at the start of the third period (58-36).

They then went on to pace themselves to victory (91-79) with Elodie Demortierleading the way with 24 points.

Dunkerque lost at home to Toulouse (76-84) and Pleyber-Christ won their first match since the beginning of November in a high scoring game against Voiron (94-87).

All the results from round seventeen for the Nationale Féminine 1 are listed below:

CFBB 80–51 Strasbourg ABC

Charleville Mézières 91-58 Laveyron

Illkirch-Graffenstaden 69-60 Ifs

Colomiers 66–67 Armentières

Pleyber-Christ 94–87 Voiron

Dunkerque Malo 76–84 Toulouse

Nice 79-91 Roche Vendée

Rennes 55-70 Limoges

Look back at the NF1 Basketball news from round 16

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NF1 Basketball picture credits:

SO Armentières
Olivier Sarre

Date: 18 January 2009

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