Dirty European evening for Bourg and Limoges
Bourg-en-Bresse lost 66-74 at home to Brescia in the Eurocup, while Limoges lost to Beaublanc against Malaga (67-84) in the Champions League.
It’s an evening to definitely forget for the French clan in European Cups! While ASVEL was heavily beaten at Partizan Belgrade in the Euroleague, it didn’t go any better for Bourg-en-Bresse in the Eurocup and for Limoges in the Champions League. The JL suffered its third defeat in five games in the second cup in the continental hierarchy, against Brescia, however lower ranked (3rd against 8th). The Italians went on to win 66-74 in Ain, at the end of a match that they generally mastered. Bourg was in fact ahead on the scoreboard only three times, in the first twelve minutes, but by only one point.
However, at the time, it was Brescia who led 39-40. The Italians continued their momentum in the third quarter, counting up to nine points in advance (47-56), and finally five at the end of the quarter (53-58). In the last, Bourg quickly returned to -1 (59-60), but did not last the distance and lost eight points. If eleven Burgiens players scored at least three points during this meeting, Jordan Floyd finished top scorer with only 12 points. Despite this defeat, Bourg-en-Bresse remains very well on track to qualify for the round of 16, with its four victories ahead of the first non-qualifier, five days from the end.
Burgian markers: H. Benitez (5), Courby (5), Massenat (8), Floyd (12), Palmer Jr (7), Pelos (6), Chassang (3), Mike (7), Kokila (5), Brimah ( 3), Julian (5)
The swept CSP
In the third European Cup, the Champions League, CSP Limoges suffered greatly against Malaga, a regular Euroleague team. The Basques came to win 67-87 at Beaublanc, breaking away from the quarter of an hour of play. It was indeed the Limougeauds who were in front at the end of the first quarter (19-17), and they held until 30-30, before suffering the law of Malaga, which ended the second quarter with a 15-4.
Malaga did not flinch on the restart and were up to 16 points ahead in the third quarter (42-58), then 21 in the last (58-79), in a one-sided second half . The 17 points of Jayvon Graves and Nicolas Lang were not enough for the CSP, which finds itself last in group K, with two defeats in two games. It will absolutely be necessary to win at AEK Athens next week to continue dreaming of the quarter-finals, reserved for the first two of each pool…
Limoges markers: Miller (2), Graves (17), Yeguete (2), Jones (11), Hawkins (2), Lang (17), Wojciechowski (4), Ugolin (2), Kadji (6), Kyzlink (4)