What is the NF1 basketball future of Nice Cavigal Olympic?
Laure Ecard: 1 year already

Nice Sport Presentation 2009 © Le Postcast JournalLaure Ecard had never suited up for the NF1 basketball team at Nice Cavigal Olympic but was a member of the Centre de Formation (Basketball Academy).

On the 6 April 2008 she was killed in a road accident while returning from a match with the U18 team.

Three other players were injured as well as the coach. French basketball went in mourning for a week.

Some of the players hurt in the accident are still under going rehabilitation.

Nice Cavigal Olympic (NCO) has been in existence since 1943 and is one of the biggest clubs in France in terms of licences with 408 members.

It was announced this week that the club is to go into administration, as this is the only way to finish the season.

Nice was relegated from the LFB after the 2006-2007 season and were one of the favourites last season for promotion.

They had a good start to the season with six wins. Then they lost four games and their coach was released from his contract.

Odile Santaniello became the new coach and was unlucky with injuries to key players as Nice struggled to establish themselves among the leaders and missed out on the play-offs.

Nice will not qualify for the play-offs this season and the club management can not continue to maintain a professional structure.

Nice Olympic 2008-2009  © Nice Cavigal Olympic

Nice NF1 Basketball team picture 2009

Players from left to right:

Silvana Mirvic - Mélissa Micaletto - Elodie Gérard - Alina Slabecka - Marie Bacquet - Inga Svaniska - Marylène Guerra - Lorraine Tony - Madinina Donivar - Johanne Gomis - Michèle Moua

NF1 basketball news from the relegation zone

  Club Points
1 Limoges 47
2 Armentières 45
3 Illkirch-Graffenstaden 44
4 Roche Vendée 42
5 Toulouse 42
6 Charleville Mézières 42
7 Strasbourg ABC 38
8 Nice Cavigal Olympic 36
9 Dunkerque Malo 35
10 Rennes Avenir 35
11 Etoile de Voiron 34
12 US Laveyron 34
13 Colomiers 32
14 Pleyber-Christ 32
15 Ifs 32
16 CFBB (INSEP) 30

As usual as the season draws to an end the battle for survival becomes more intense. Colomiers, Pleyber-Christ and US Laveyron all came away with victories at the bottom end of the table.

Colomiers beat Dunkerque (91-84) but almost blew a 20-point lead during the final quarter. was the match winner with 25 points.

US Laveyron trailed for most of their match against Voiron and required overtime to win (83-81).

Khadidiatou Gassama saved US Laveyron with 30 seconds to play in regulation time when she tied the match (73-73).

She then scored what turned out to be the winning basket in overtime (82-77).

US Laveyron are now on equal terms with Voiron with 9 victories each. Voiron stay out of the relegation zone due to a better head to head against US Laveyron.

Pleyber-Christ required a last quarter burst to secure the Brittany derby (77-57) against Rennes.

Ifs’ poor free-throw shooting 14-of-28 may have cost them the chance of beating Toulouse as they lost (59-65).

The CFBB who cannot be relegated were given a lesson in the art of rebounding by Allison Vernerey from Illkirch-Graffenstaden.

She finished the game with 21 rebounds and 11 points as the SIG won (76-52). Céline Schmitt-Sender was the top scorer with 23 points.

The CFBB came up with a surprise for this match by adding Sabrina Bouzenna to the roster. She was a member of the SIG U15 that won the French Championship last season 2007-2008.

The leaders stay on top of the NF1 basketball ladder

Limoges struggled in the first half of their mach against Roche Vendée (La Roche-sur-Yon) and allowed their guests to lead at the interval (37-39).

Then Limoges started to take control after the break and were leading (57-51) when the coaching staff from Roche Vendée picked up a technical foul.

Roche Vendée struggled after the incident and went into the final period traling (53-66).

The hosts controlled the last quarter and won the match with a comfortable advantage (84-65. They are just one win away from qualifying for the 2009 NF1 final four.

Armentières remain in second place after a hard fought victory against Strasbourg ABC (61-58). Virginie Brémont hit a 3-point buzzer beater from centre court to win the game.

The SIG remain in third place after their victory against the CFBB.

Charleville-Mézières completed a bad week for Nice with a comfortable victory (76-61).

Charleville were never in trouble during the game but only took control late in the second period after a series of 4 three-pointers as they ended the quarter with a 14-0 run.

Charleville-Mézières, Roche Vendée and Toulouse are in a three-way tie for 4th place.

All the results from round twenty-five for the Nationale Féminine 1 are listed below:

Limoges 84-65 Roche Vendeé

Armentières 61-58 Strasbourg ABC

Charleville Mézières 76-61 Nice

Ifs 59-65 Toulouse

US Laveyron 83-81 Voiron

Colomiers 91-84 Dunkerque

Pleyber-Christ 77-57 Rennes

Illkirch-Graffenstaden 76-52 CFBB

Look back at the NF1 Basketball news from round 24

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NF1 basketball news picture credits:

Nice Cavigal Olympic
Le Postcast Journal

Date: 05 April 2009

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