“It was madness, I had the impression that the match was never going to end, smiled Céline Dumerc, after having lifted her sixth Coupe de France. It’s really magical because almost the whole audience was there. I am so proud to be part of this club! And to live such a moment in such an environment. All this emotion is worth more than a title. And with all these Landes people who landed in Paris, it was “The Tuches in the United States! » »
The spring of Basket Landes
The thousand supporters of Basket Landes had already won the first round, before the meeting, against some 250 Berruyers mounted in Paris. A large part of the room in blue and white, a band and songs from the South-West that resonated in Bercy, it felt like being in the middle of the Fêtes de la Madeleine. And the Landaises have made themselves at home. They were not impressed, as in the Eurocup quarter-final second leg in Bourges (74-55).
“It was a boxing match and our girls have crazy souls”
They could have collapsed when Bourges created a first gap (7-15, 5and), his biggest lead of the game. But Basket Landes showed that he had the backing, regaining control and in turn creating a six-point gap (49-43, 25and), after a winning shot from Turcinovic. It was therefore not the spring of Bourges. In any case, not on the ground. The teammates of Valériane Vukosavljevic – who won her fourth Coupe de France in as many finals played, two and a half months after the birth of her daughter – could have collapsed again when Bourges came back in front of the score, twenty-eight minutes more late, before creating a new break (53-59, 34and), carried by an untenable Guapo (20 points).
“It was a boxing fight and our girls have a crazy soul,” savored Marie-Laure Lafargue. A supplement of soul even with this unleashed public. Basket Landes came back and Eldebrink missed a first match point, sending the two teams into overtime (69-69). A first extension since, despite, again, a six-point lead (77-71, 44and) on a three-pointer from Chery, Bourges equalized seven seconds from the end, with a long-range shot from Rupert, inside until then (79-79, 45and).
Another blow for the Landaises. But it was said that the French champion would bring the cup home. Basket Landes was once again able to count on a powerful collective game – with 23 assists – and on a “royal” Magarity, its Swedish interior, on fire in recent weeks and still named MVP this Saturday (19 points and 12 rebounds for 25 devaluation). When Yacoubou and Godin left the floor for five faults, five points from the Swede capsized Bercy (86-83, 48and).
“We can’t imagine what it means to the people who follow us”
“We remained united”
Definitely this time around. Rupert’s new long-range shot bounced off the hoop this time. Even after 50 minutes of effort, the Landaises could still run all over the floor, wild with joy. Before coming to present the cup to their audience. Marine Fauthoux could hug her big brother for a long time in her arms, all moved. “It was hard, it was incredible, we ended up rinsed but we did it, savored the Lando-Béarnaise, who won her first individual title there. We remained united, it rewards our good season in the Euroleague and in the championship. »
“We do high-level sport to experience this kind of emotion, savors the Landes coach, Julie Barennes. We can’t imagine what that means for the people who follow us. We make them dream, it’s incredible. My father, who hadn’t been to Paris for 20 years, when I left Insep, was there. You have to take advantage of these moments, it doesn’t happen every day. In advance, I apologize to the SNCF for our return trip (smiles). »
The party at the start of Austerlitz, Saturday evening, promised to be great for the 500 supporters on board. Before doing it again this Sunday afternoon, in Mont-de-Marsan.
(1) Supporters are expected at Espace Mitterrand this Sunday, April 24, at 2 p.m., to celebrate this trophy with their protégés.
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