“The party was so beautiful, the emotions so strong, it was so unbelievable that going back is so complicated,” says Captain Marie-Yves Paget. At the moment, there was no speech, and we are still enjoying it. We’ll switch when we get to the location, when we discover the room. »
“We will expect”
“I will tell the players that you have to be in action, and quickly put your head back and you are back on the ground, because we are expecting, continues coach, Julie Barnes. You have to be ready.”
Even if president Marie-Laurie Lafarge made it clear on Saturday night that it would be difficult to return to the tournament — “we lost?” she joked — the women’s league is already back on Wednesday, April 27 (8 p.m.). The Landis family soon indulges in their customs. Exit the 15,000-person room full of explosions and return by train in a blue and white train, in the air of orcs. Make way for a journey of nearly 1,000 kilometres, by train and then by bus, to Charleville-Mezières, for a match in a hall of less than 3,000 seats. Just before departure, on Thursday afternoon, for another 200 km, heading north and Vlenov Dusk, for the last day of the regular stage, Saturday 30 April.
In support of… Bourget
Games without titles this time, not against the best club in the history of French basketball, but far from being without bets. In a fierce struggle for second place – which will give a home advantage in the quarter-finals and semi-finals if qualifying (1) – led by four teams (Asvel Lyon, Basket Lands, Villeneuve d’Ask and Charleville-Meziere), this direct confrontation against Flames Carolo (5And) can be critical. Marie-Yves Paget explains: “We know that if we make two out of two, we will be in a position. After all, it is not only up to us. »
And so Landis will have an ear on the side of… Borg, as they greet their unfortunate opponent in Saturday’s final – guaranteed first place in the regular season – Asvel Lyon. A first success on Wednesday night would indeed allow Basket Landes to secure, at least, a place in the top four, and thus a stadium advantage in the event of a good game, in the quarter-finals.
For this, it will be necessary to extinguish Carolo Flames, former Landes basketball player Marie-Michel Melabi (2014-2019), who no longer has the right to commit fouls and has won only one of her last four matches. . “Our team has changed since the first leg (86-83) but we have to be careful, because they have a lot of girls who are creative, like Lisa Berkani or Amal Powder,” analyzes Julie Barin, who will be denied Valériane Vukosavljevic on Wednesday. , he stayed in Landes for the athletics replay sessions and why not join the team on Friday in the North. “We will have to manage to limit them offensively (average 74.6 points per game, 4And Women’s League attack, editor’s note). »
“We will have to impose our own rhythm to continue with this beautiful dynamic.”
“They will want to finish in style at home in the last season of the regular,” notes Marie-Yves Paget, who is so happy to find a room where she has fond memories of her passing between 2017 and 2019. “We have two big games to play, new challenges to face. It will be necessary to impose our rhythm to continue with this beautiful dynamic (five wins in a row, editor’s note). »
Without igniting, the French champion wants to surf the confidence he had and pass sixth in the North. To keep every fire, every flame.
(1) This second place can also lead to a Euroleague ticket if Bourges, first in the regular season, or Baskettland, the French Cup winner, are crowned champions of France.