NF1 round 15 was over two weekends with four games played before Christmas:
The CFBB ruined the Christmas celebrations for Basket Landes as they beat them (76-57) while Armentières confirmed their good form as the overcame SMUC Marseille (76-61).
Lot et Garonne UST added to Etoile de Voiron’s misery as they took all the points (73-68) while the team of December La Roche clocked up their fourth victory on the trot as they won against Rennes (73-68).
The second half of the round was completed this weekend with the current leaders both winning on the road.
Charleville-Mézières visited Racing Strasbourg and came away with a victory (85-75) in overtime. Charleville is backed with former Strasbourg players, Elena Vishnyakova, Clarisse M’Paka, Clarrisse Mercier and Amel Bouderra (in picture).
With Nadine Drago and Aurélie Langlais gone for five fouls, Strasbourg struggled during the extra five minutes and despite the efforts of Belinda M’Boma with 29 points it was the guests walking away with the victory.
Nantes Rezé controlled their encounter with Limoges from the first period and paced themselves to victory (65-53). Dunkerque did not make things easy by having to overcome a 6-point deficit at the interval to win (77-71) against Pleyber Christ. Lyon ended Nice’s sequence of victories (86-76).
The winners and losers after the first round
NF1 Round 15 leaders Nantes Rezé 44 Basket
At the halfway stage of the season, Nantes Rezé lead the table by point average over Charleville. They are both on 12-3. Basket Landes are only one game down in third place while Dunkerque and Armentières occupy fourth and fifth place with two games down.
These are the five clubs at the moment contesting the four play-off spots. Dunkerque and Nantes are the only teams with 100% record at home while Charleville has only dropped one game at home. This sets up an exciting second round with nothing really decided at this stage.
At the bottom end of the table SMUC Marseille and Pleyber Christ, two clubs that finished in the bottom places last season and again struggling. They will require a big change in fortune if they hope to escape the relegation zone.
For the young ladies from Etoile de Voiron Etoile, the apprenticeship is proving to be difficult. They have not been able to get into their stride, but should improve during the second part of the season.
FC Lyon look towards the future
Lyon’s biggest problem is not being able to finish close games. They have come out the wrong side of many close games in money-time and have not had the satisfaction of winning a game in overtime. Last weekend’s victory against Nice may be the turning point of their season. They just escaped relegation last season. They will need to win more games as they are currently two games down on the teams above them.