Boulogne-Levallois dominates Nanterre

In an undecided match from start to finish, Boulogne-Levallois ended up getting the better of Nanterre (73-67) in the Hauts-de-Seine derby, counting for the 8th day of Jeep Elite.

Boulogne-Levallois did not allow itself to be vague-à-soul. Remaining on a defeat at home against Bourg-en-Bresse, the Metropolitans were keen to get back to the fore in the derby against Nanterre. After three wins in a row, Pascal Donnadieu’s players were patient at the start of the match before placing a big boost at the end of the first quarter.

A 17-2 allowed the Nanterriens to count up to eleven points in advance, the biggest gap in the match. However, the teammates of Assem Marei (17 points, 11 rebounds), who extended his time at the Metropolitans to compensate for the injury absence of Vitalis Chikoko, have recovered.

Returned to the score four times in this second quarter, the “Mets” approached the second half of the match with a disbursement of three lengths. This delay, the players of Jurij Zdovc were quick to erase it upon returning to the floor of the Palais des Sports Marcel-Cerdan. A pivotal moment in this meeting because this 16-2 in just over five minutes launched Boulogne-Levallois to victory in this meeting.

The Metropolitans were never able to go beyond a margin of nine lengths. The duo of Isaia Cordinier (14 points, 6 rebounds) and Chris Warren (14 points) allowed Nanterre to stay afloat and start the last ten minutes with only two points behind.

The “Mets” have mastered this last quarter to, thanks to two last free throws from Lahaou Konaté (11 points), win by six lengths (73-67).

Before the international break, Boulogne-Levallois was second behind Bourg-en-Bresse when Nanterre saw its streak of three straight wins come to an end with a seventh place in the standings.