First NF1 basketball defeat for Reims in 2010

Reims BF's return to NF1 basketball after two seasons in the LFB came as a shock to the management of Reims BF.

Reims finished 6th in the LFB last season (2008-2009) and their second team had won promotion to NF2. The club had changed its name from Saint Jacques Sports during the summer.

 Zuzana Gujaraidze   ©  Reims BF Unfortunately the club's finances were considered insufficient for another season in the LFB.

As a result the club was demoted to NF1. They also had to cancel the contracts of players signed for the 2009-2010 season.

In addition Philippe Sauret stepped down as head coach and the the second team was disbanded.

Manon Sinico who joined the club in 2004 was the only player from the LFB roster to remain at the club.

Zuzana Gujaraidze (Klimesova) (left) returned to the club after taking a season out due to having a baby.

The integration of the new players took longer than expected and after a difficult first half of the season, Sauret returned.

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.

 Manon Sinico   ©  Reims BF 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.

Yet Reims failed to hit the target again.

NF1 Basketball: Box score

The rest of the NF1 basketball news

UHB-SA were given a square by the SIG in another tough match between these two clubs.

The SIG edged the first quarter (26-23) and stayed in front right up to the interval (41-37).

 Laëtitia Kamba   © Laëtitia Kamba (15 points and 11 rebounds) scored the first 6 points after the break to give the hosts the lead. Janeka Lopp added a trey and the hosts were on their way.

UHB led by 10 points going into the final quarter and held off the late challenge of the SIG to win (73-67). Lopp led the attack with 21 points.

Roche Vendée cruised past US Laveyron (74-40) and are now in third place while the SIG move down to fourth place.

Tours lost their 13th straight match at home (59-73) to Dunkerque Malo. Tours lost the game during the final five minutes of the third quarter when they were outscored 5-12.

Mariame Dia led the Dunkerque attack with 23 points.

Pleyber-Christ got past Nice BC 06 (82-76), while Voiron won against Rennes(73-72).

In Pleyber-Christ's NF1 basketball history this is the first time that they have won 10 games in a season.

Julie Legoupi was at it again this week, she was 4-of-5 from beyond the arc and fired in 22 points for Lyon in the victory (76-62) against Charnay-lès-Mâcon.

CSP Rezé did enough to beat the CFBB (77-61) in the first game of the weekend.

All the NF1 basketball results from round 21 of the 2009-2010 season are listed below:

CSP Rezé 77-61 CFBB (INSEP)

Lyon BF 76–62 Charnay-Mâcon

Roche Vendée 74-40 US Laveyron

Etoile de Voiron 73-72 Rennes

Reims 64-70 Charleville Mézières

UHB-SA 73-67 Illkirch-Graffenstaden

Tours 59-73 Dunkerque Malo

Pleyber-Christ 82-76 Nice BC 06

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Date created: 20 February 2010

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