Charleville-Mézières ended Reims' perfect record in 2010
Philippe Sauret's 100% NF1 basketball record has come to an end with Reims losing at home (64-70) to leaders Charleville-Mézières.
Charleville were in front from start to finish with Djéné Diawara leading the way with 14 points and 14 rebounds. Sarra Ouerghi who played for Sauret last season chipped in 13 points for the winning team.
A 6-0 start for Charleville with 4 points coming from Ouerghi set the guests on their way as they won the first quarter (15-10).
Charleville were running away with the game, leading (25-12) with just over three minutes to play in the second quarter when Carine Contessi was called for an intentional foul on Fatou Dieng.
Dieng made both free-throws which was quickly followed by 5 points from Manon Sinico. Reims started to play with more confidence. They went into the locker room trailing by 5 points after Dieng fired in a trey for the last score of the half (24-29).
The third quarter was typical of a French derby match: coaches were contesting decisions by the officials and neither side was able to gain the upper hand. There was little defending and plenty of scoring.
Sinico and Floriane Herrscher were the main scorers for Reims while Diawara and Zuzana Ondrejova did most of the damage for Charleville as the teams cancelled each other 23-23.
Both sides had their moments in the final quarter. With the game in money-time, Charleville led by a single point (63-62).
With just over a minute to play Ouerghi drove to the basket and scored while picking up the foul. She made the free-throw (68-64).
Sinico, who had scored 27 points for Reims, failed in her attempt for a three-pointer. So with the clock running down Dieng had no choice but to foul to stop the clock.
Amel Bouderra made the free-throw, leaving Reims with 30 seconds to save the game.