At last the 2009 NF1 basketball regular season champions are known

2009 NF1 basketball regular seasons champions Limoges © Olivier Sarre

NF1 Basketball: Limoges ABC celebrate NF1 regular season title (Photo: Olivier Saare)

For Bertrand Parvaud the suspense is over as Limoges have won the 2009 NF1 basketball regular season.

Limoges have won the right to play in the Ligue Féminine de BasketBall (LFB) next season.

Parvaud will have to enjoy the freedom of casual dress code for the remaining games for this season because once in the LFB he will have to wear a suit and tie while coaching.

Limoges had to work hard for their victory

Limoges playing in front of a capacity crowd beat US Laveyron (71-60) in a hard earned evening work.

Laveyron who are fighting to stay out of the relegation zone scored the first points of the game through Cypriot international Kalia Papadopoulou.

Limoges quickly responded with 6 straight points but then lost out (13-2) to their guests to trail (8-15) with five minutes played.

Marie-Frédérique Ayissi © Olivier Sarre Marie-Frédérique Ayissi (right) did all she could for Limoges as her side finished the first period down by a single point (18-19).

US Laveyron refused to allow their hosts to settle during the second period despite falling behind (22-26). Then they went on a 12-point run to go into the interval ahead (34-29).

The third period was not pretty to watch as both sides battled in the paint. The guests started to tire and Limoges to chip away at the score.

As the game became more physical, the complaints from the players on the bench became more vocal.

Unfortunately for Laveyron this resulted in a technical foul. This incident seemed to have drained all the energy from the players from guests.

Limoges took full advantage of the situation and took the lead for good with 29 minutes played and led (48-43) going into the final period.

Limoges controlled the final period and led by 14 points at one stage before settling for an 11-point victory.

The NF1 final four will be played at the Palais de Sport de Beaublanc in Limoges and not in the winner's own area.

When things are not working just, then ask Audrey Koop

Allison Vernerey © Womensbasketball-in-france.comIllkirch-Grafenstaden will finish the season in second place after their victory against US Colomiers (86-64).

Once again Allison Verneray (left) will be in the headlines as the match winner with 28 points, 11 rebounds, 4 steals and 1 block. But she was not the hero of this game despite finishing the game with a suspected fracture.

It is not often that the SIG are out rebounded in a game and have problems hitting free-throws.

This game did not start well for them as they were 0-from-4 from the free-throw line within 90 seconds and 2-of-7 after two minutes. In addition they were also having a bad time shooting from distance.

Stéphane Lalart © SIG AmateurFurthermore the SIG were losing the battle of the boards. So it was Audrey Koop (right) who does not play as many minutes these days that calmed her youngsters down and changed the tempo of the game.

She led by example as she made passes to Verneray and Céline Schmitt-Sender in the paint for the two players to combine for 9-of-9 in the first half.

Koop dished out 4 assists and the SIG led (42-37) at the interval.

The game changed during the second half but the SIG was now in control. When Koop scored her only points of the game with about two minutes to play, you would have thought she had hit a game winning buzzer beater.

She finished with 2 points, 6 assists, 6 rebounds and 3 steals for her evening work as captain. The SIG will play Armentières in the NF1 basketball final four semi-final.

The rest of the NF1 basketball news

  Club Points
1 Limoges 54
2 Illkirch-Graffenstaden 52
3 Armentières 51
4 Toulouse 49
5 Charleville Mézières 49
6 Roche Vendée 47
7 Strasbourg ABC 43
8 Dunkerque Malo 42
9 Nice Cavigal Olympic 42
10 Rennes Avenir 41
11 Etoile de Voiron 40
12 US Laveyron 40
13 Ifs 38
14 Colomiers 37
15 Pleyber-Christ 36
16 CFBB (INSEP) 35
Toulouse required a last second effort from Emmanuelle Hermouet to beat Strasbourg ABC (61-58) while Charleville-Mézières ran out easy winners (93-75) against Pleyber-Christ.

Toulouse remain in fourth place and provided they win their last game of the season next week against Voiron they will qualify for the final four.

For Charleville-Mézières they will host Illkirch-Grafenstaden next week. They have to win this match and hope for a defeat by Toulouse to reach the NF1 basketball play-offs.

For Roche Vendée the season is ending badly. They lost away to Voiron (55-77).

For Voiron this victory moves them out of the relegation zone, although they have the same record as US Laveyron.

Voiron have a difficult last match against Toulouse while US Laveyron travel to Armentières.

Rennes' relegations problems are over after beating Nice (85-65).

Ifs became the third team to be mathematically relegated after losing at home to third place Armentières.

CFBB travel north and come away with nothing: the Wattignes connection

Chloé Westelynck, Eléanore Grossemy, Isabelle Strunc, Héléna Akmouche  and Sophie Watrelot © INSEP - CFBB

Chloé Westelynck, Eléanore Grossemy, Isabelle Strunc, Héléna Akmouche and Sophie Watrelot

There are five players from the CFBB NF1 basketball roster that come from the Wattignes connection, that is the location of the youth basketball academy for U15 players based in the north of France.

Four of those players made the trip to Dunkerque for their last away trip of the season.

Isabelle Strunc is one of these players, who has not played for a while and who led the scoring with 12 points for the CFBB as they were crushed by Dunkerque (47-93).

Strunc did not start the game but showed why certain clubs in the LFB are interested in her.

For Sophie Watrelot Dunkerque is her home club and maybe she tried too hard at the start of the game and was penalised with 3 early fouls. She came back in the second half and scored 9 points.

Eléanore Grossemy was also in action and scored 7 points while the fourth member Chloé Westelynck scored only 2 points.

The game was over as a contest by the interval with Dunkerque leading (43-12).

The CFBB are currently bottom of the table and will only move off the bottom next week if they win their last game of the season and Pleyber-Christ lose against Colomiers.

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

Limoges 71-60 US Laveyron

Toulouse 61-58 Strasbourg ABC

Illkirch-Graffenstaden 86-64 US Colomiers

Ifs 57-71 Armentières

Voiron 77-56 Roche Vendée

Charleville-Mézières 93-75 Pleyber-Christ

Nice 68-85 Rennes

Dunkerque 93-47 CFBB (INSEP)

Look back at the NF1 Basketball news from round 28

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Date: 02 May 2009

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