Exempted from a match on the European scene last week due to a too high number of positive cases for Covid-19 in the ranks of Podgorica, Boulogne-Levallois found the Eurocup games on Tuesday. A winning return to business for Lahaou Konaté and his partners who won (72-65) against the Germans of Ulm during the 8th day. A duel between the two shaped teams of group B who each remained on 4 successes in the competition. Boulogne-Levallois is getting closer to the Top 16.
What you must remember
After suffering its first setback in a Jeep Elite (after 5 successes) on Saturday against Bourg (76-79), Boulogne-Levallois reacted perfectly. After an ideal start to the match, where Bastien Pinault shows himself with a devilish address (11-2 in the 3rd, with 7 points for the shooter), the Metropolitans 92 however experience a first slump (18-22, 12th) . An alert quickly dismissed. But after returning to the lead in the middle of the 2nd quarter, the players of Jure Zdovc, who must do without the visibly injured pivot Vitalis Chikoko, cash a scathing 0-14 (32-25, 17th then 32-39, 20th) . Hit but not sunk, Boulogne-Levallois filled in the gaps and quickly caught up. The second half was a terrible showdown… until a good acceleration from the Mets and the inevitable skill of Pinault (47-50, 29th then 62-52, 35th). Ulm will not return (72-65, 40th). The German pivot Dylan Osetkowski, 4th best scorer in the competition (19 pts on average and a point to 32 units against Brescia last week) was perfectly muzzled.
The other good news of the evening for the Mets is the return of Miralem Halilovic. Absent since the start of the season due to an injury, the Bosnian interior made its first dribbles under the colors of Boulogne-Levallois. Jeep Elite top scorer last season with Orléans (average 17.6 points), he finished the game with 2 points and 2 rebounds in 9 minutes.
The player: Bastien Pinault
After a complicated first season at Les Mets, Bastien Pinault, 27, seems to have regained his skills this year. The rear-shooter will have been the great craftsman – and artificer – of the meeting. The native of Tarbes – passed through the N2 and N1 box in his beginnings before discovering the pro world – achieved a real offensive festival with a total of 21 points (8 out of 11 on shots), 4 interceptions and 3 rebounds. His offensive record this season. He erases from the shelves the 16 points recorded in the first leg against… Ulm.
5. By winning this Tuesday evening against Ulm, David Michineau and his partners have achieved a very good accounting operation. After two initial defeats against Malaga and Podgorica, they have just recorded their 5th success in a row in the continental event. A series that allows them to join Malaga in first place in the provisional ranking and take a serious option for qualifying for the Top 16 when there are only 3 games to play.
BOULOGNE-LEVALLOIS – ULM (ALL): 72-65
Quarter time: 16-16, 16-23; 17-11, 23-15
Spectators: in camera
Referee: MM. Aliaga (Esp), Juras (Srb) and Van Den Broeck (Bel).
Boulogne-Levallois: Michineau (4 pts), Pinault (21), A. Brown (11), Ginat (6), Marei (16), then B. Brown (6), Konaté (2), Roos (3), Chikoko (1) , Halilovic (2). Entr. : Zdovc.
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