Les Sables Vendée Basket started 2022 with envy. But it was not enough. In Poitou, the Sablais lost twelve points, against a team that will have to be watched until the end of the regular phase. After having competed in the first quarter with the PB86 (18-17, 10′), Makan Dioumassi’s men scored only ten small points in the second quarter. (36-27.20′). An offensive feverishness which was rectified at the start of the second half. Thanks to the offensive contribution of Mykal Riley, the LSVB won the third quarter, 23 to 19. (55-50.30′). The LSVB American scored 14 of his 22 points in the third quarter with an insolent six out of six, including two out of two three-pointers.
Riley lonely in Poitiers
But as often since the beginning of the season, the experienced Riley is the tree that hides the forest. Despite the good performances of Burrell, Lepichev and Lessort, the Sablais collective could not make the difference at the end of the match against the Poitevins.
Losing 21-14 in the last quarter, the Vendeans left Vienne with a 76-64 defeat. He will have lacked a certain defensive rigor and an offensive complementarity to the men of President Seferiadis, to repeat the feat of the first leg. On October 12, the Sablais had led the entire meeting (15-8, 29-23 at rest, 47-41) before seeing Poitiers pick up and take the lead on the scoreboard 11 seconds from the buzzer (61-62 ). A final basket from Mykal Riley and a ball chipped by Noah Burrell had made Beauséjour happy.
Almost three months later, the Sablais have not known such fortune. The fault may be a lack of presence in the rebounds, as Makan Dioumassi pointed out at the end of the match, to our colleagues from The New Republic.
“We knew it was going to be on the rebound, but they took fifteen more than us and it was a big problem to manage. When we got back to five points, we took the option of defending in the zone, but Marius Chambre came out of his box. We were already badly embarked, it was double or nothing and it fell on the right side for Poitiers. Then Mikal Riley carried us all game and made bad choices at the end. We knew that if we limited Marcus Relphorde to less than 16 points as in the first leg, it could pass, but by conceding nearly 80 points when we did not even put 70, it was not possible. »
Take out the warm-up blue against Lorient
Against the Morbihannais, it will certainly be necessary to exceed the bar of 70 points scored to hope to win the match! Facing a team third in Pool A of N1, which has certainly not yet played in 2022, but which remains on a resounding victory at home, 92 to 69 against Cergy, the Sablais are warned. CEP Lorient collects an average of 73 points per game. But also averaged 78 points per game. It will therefore be necessary to be rigorous in defense and daring in attack before you can hope for anything. One of the keys to the game will be the rebound and the Vendeans will have to keep their eyes on Coulibaly and Sy, authors of an average of 6 rebounds per game. Centerpiece of the Breton workforce, running at an average of 12 points and 4 assists per game, the leader Sébastien Cape will also have to be muzzled by the Sablais in the optics of a victory which would allow the teammates of Lucas Plasse, to regain confidence before a complicated trip to Angers on January 21.
Les Sables Vendée Basket- Lorient CEP, Saturday 15 January at 8 p.m., Salle Beauséjour.
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