NF1 Round 22: SMUC Marseille win against Dunkerque
The series of victories by the leaders Nantes Rezé came to an end last weekend as they fell to Lot-et-Garonne UST (59-64). With this defeat and the teams from second to fourth all winning, the title race has become alive once more.
A (20-7)second period score by Charleville put them in control of the game. They paced themselves to victory against Nice (75-51). For Nice, this latest defeats has reduced their chance of a play-off spot as they are now four games adrift with only eight games to play.
Basket Landes like to do things the hard way on the road. In a match they dominated in all sectors they allowed the hosts to stay in the game for almost 16 minutes (28-28). Basket Landes then went on a flourish 13-2 to go into the interval leading (41-30). Afterwards they paced themselves to victory (74-64). They remain second in their league table.
Armentières struggled but held off the challenge of Pleyber-Christ (62-56) and hence are able to hold their third position.
Dunkerque were the big losers of round 22 as they fell to Marseille (77-76) and are now two games down on the teams immediately above them.
Lyon with their coach, Julie Le Bris, just cannot win games in money-time. so what is the probability that her side could win in overtime. Lyon held their nerve and actually tied the game (54-54) for over-time. With all their energy sapped Lyon only managed 2 points while Strasbourg hit 15. Kuki Radunovic top scored with 18 points. She is known well by Le Bris as their paths had crossed at COB Calais.
In the other NF1 round 22 news Limoges beat Voiron(86-81) and La Roche downed the CFBB (73-50).
The picture at the bottom is very clear: Lyon, Marseille, Pleyber Christ and Voiron have lost too much ground on the teams above them. They are now more than likely to finish in the relegation zone at the end of the season.
If they will be actually demoted is another story. We will have to wait until the end of season as the rumours are already out that certain clubs may not participate in NF1 next season.
At the top Dunkerque's defeat has complicated their play-off aspirations as they lost crowd but still remain in fifth place.
Although the only teams mathematically eliminated from qualifying for the play-offs are the four teams in the relegation zone. It is very unlikely that any of the teams currently behind Nice (6th) will qualify.