Basketball: Nanterre snatches victory in Italy after two overtime

Forced rest on Monday for the reception of Bursaspor in the Eurocup due to several positive cases of Covid-19 in the Turkish ranks, Nanterre found the prosecution on Wednesday with a trip to Trento. A match counting for the 8th day of the European competition that the Nanterriens won (102-104) after an incredible scenario and a long suspense.

What you must remember

Relaunched in the race for qualification after his victory against Gran Canaria last week, Nanterre landed at the leader of Group B (6 V, 1 D) with full confidence. Led by the duo composed of Philippe Da Silva and Michaël Bur – Pascal Donnadieu and Franck Le Goff are still positive for Covid-19 -, the players manage to widen a first gap at the start of the 2 nd quarter (15-21, 12th). But the Italians, unbeaten in their room in the Eurocup, are plugging the gaps. The match is a terrible mano a mano. Each team takes turns in leadership.

The end of the match is totally crazy. Breathable. Led by 3 points 10 seconds from the buzzer, Nanterre snatched the extension on an award-winning shot from Isaïa Cordinier (75-75, 40th). But these additional 5 minutes will not be enough to separate the two teams who, determined to prolong the suspense, offer themselves a second extension. This time Nanterre will not let his chance pass. Cordinier (24 pts), Alpha Kaba (21 points) and Chris Warren (29 points including two capital free throws in the last seconds) can finally breathe… happiness.

This is the first time that the Italians have lost a match on their floor in the Eurocup. For the Nanterriens, this second success in a row in the competition – after 4 setbacks in a row – opens the doors a little more to a qualification for the Top 16.

They will have to quickly recover from their emotions and regain their energy because they are getting ready to find – finally – the Jeep Elite. A little over a month after their last league match (89-80 victory against Strasbourg on October 17) – health crisis obliges -, they go Sunday (6:50 p.m.) to their neighbor in Boulogne-Levallois for the always awaited derby of Hauts-de-Seine.

The player: Alpha Kaba

One against and 4 points in the last minute of second overtime. The interior of Nanterre of 2.08 m will have been the great architect of the victory, precious from the first to the last second of the match on Wednesday. After starting the game with 6 of the first 10 Nantes points at the start of the match, he finished the job perfectly by scoring decisive baskets in the money-time. The 24-year-old, drafted in 60th place by the Atlanta Hawks in 2017, finished with 21 points (80% success) and 12 rebounds.

The number: 74

Like the number of points scored by the infernal trident made up of Cordinier (24 pts), Kaba (21 points) and Warren (29 points). The three fireworks scored 77% of Nanterre’s points.


TRENTO (ITA) – NANTERRE: 102-104 a.2p.

Quarter-times: 15-17, 22-20; 21-18, 17-20; 14-14; 13-15.

Referees: MM. Zamojski (Pol), Majski (Slv) and Udyanskyy (Ang).

Nanterre: Bouquet, Cordinier (24), Kaba (21), Stone (14), Warren (29), then Berhanemeskel (4), Fortas, February (5), Conklin (7), Wembanyama. Entr. : Da Silva.


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