NF1 basketball is not for the lighthearted

Bertrand Parvard coach of Limoges ABC © Limoges ABCBertrand Parvard, (left) the coach of Limoges would like this NF1 basketball season to end with his team lifting the trophy as NF1 Champions 2009.

With the qualification for the final four secured, his players are not allowed to relax and will use the final games as preparation for the end of season play-off.

They started with a high scoring game against Voiron which they won (99-88).

They had six players in double digits and had a total of 21 assists and only 8 turnovers.

Limoges only managed to take control of the game during the third period with Coral Duval again being the match winner with 23 points and 10 rebounds.

They just require one win from the remaining three games for the NF1 regular season title.

When Illkirch-Graffenstaden (SIG) played Dunkerque earlier in the season, they lost on the road (95-100).

Everybody was waiting for the return game. The home fans were not disappointed with the result this time around as they won (90-75).

The game was close for the first 20 minutes with the lead changing several times with the teams level for the last time (34-34) mid way through the second period.

The SIG managed to gain control and went into the locker room leading (43-38).

They were not afraid to shoot from beyond the arc and were rewarded for their efforts as they hit some clutch shots to extend their advantage by the end of the third period (67-51).

The two coaches had their players playing cat and mouse for the final period, with the SIG gaining the upper hand. This victory puts the SIG into second place and in a good position to qualify for the final four.Dace Brumermane © FFBB

>Allison Verneray just won her battle with Dace Brumermane (right) as she compiled another double-double with 21 points and 14 rebounds. However she was outscored from Céline Schmitt-Sender with 23 points.

Latvian Brumermane led the scoring for Dunkerque with 23 points and 11 rebounds.

  Club Points
1 Limoges 51
2 Illkirch-Graffenstaden 48
3 Armentières 47
4 Toulouse 45
5 Charleville Mézières 45
6 Roche Vendée 45
7 Strasbourg ABC 40
8 Nice Cavigal Olympic 39
9 Dunkerque Malo 38
10 Rennes Avenir 38
11 US Laveyron 38
12 Etoile de Voiron 37
13 Colomiers 35
14 Ifs 35
15 Pleyber-Christ 34
16 CFBB (INSEP) 33

Toulouse moved into 4th place after overcoming their hosts Armentières (66-58) who had excellent results in three-point shooting during the first half.

Toulouse pulled away during the third period (21-12) to set up the victory. Anda Nedovic led the scoring for the winners with 20 points.

Charleville Mézières kept the pressure on in the battle for 4th place as they cruised past Rennes (95-68).

Roche Vendée suffered a set-back as they lost to their hosts US Laveyron (50-56) dropping to 6th place.

NF1 basketball drama and suspense as the relegation zone increases

Strasbourg ABC went into the final period trailing by 10 points and yet with three seconds left to play they went into the lead.

However they were caught napping and allowed Julie Villain to score for Ifs and win the match (57-56).

US Colomiers struggled during the early part of their match against the CFBB as Adja Konteh and Sophie Watrelot did their best to keep the CFBB in the match.

Things started to become difficult for the CFBB when 2:03m Kristina Cesnavicuite started to make use of her height advantage for her side to open up a 10-point lead during the second quarter.

Colomiers then went on to control the pace of the game and won (82-62).

Pleyber-Christ have a loyal fan base who had come in numbers to support their team. But it was not enough as they fell to Nice (55-66).

This defeat means that Pleyber-Christ will finish in the relegation zone at the end of the season as they cannot catch US Laveyron.

US Laveyron´s third consecutive victory in this round takes them out of the bottom four and put them on equal terms with Rennes and Dunkerque.

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

Limoges 99-88 Voiron

Illkirch-Graffenstaden 90-75 Dunkerque

US Laveyron 56-50 Roche Vendée

Armentières 58-66 Toulouse

Charleville-Mézières 95-68 Rennes

Ifs 58-57 Strasbourg

Pleyber-Christ 55-66 Nice

Colomiers 82-62 CFBB (INSEP)

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Limoges ABC

Date: 19 April 2009

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