Thong masters of France!

Thong masters of France!

“I’ll make a sensational entry,” announces Iliana Rupert, speaker in hand, before stepping into the kiln serving as a photography studio, accompanied by the traditional “We Are The Champions”. Four years since Berruyères did not break their vocal cords for the Queens title after the final of the French Championship. This is an eternity for a club like Bourges … “It’s been taking a long time, too long for my taste,” Captain Élodie Godin whispered. “I’m really glad I brought the cup home! We must therefore return to the 2000-2006 interval to see the trophy removed from Prada for so long. The sign of the rise of new powers, such as ASVEL, but also Covid, which prevented the coronation of the team in 2020, was crowned last year by the surprise of the Basket Landes in the Final Oven format.

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Berruyères joy at the final buzzer)
(photo: Oliver Martin)

So there was a touch of returning to normal and Bourges won the French title again after the final against ASVEL (3-0). Fifteenth in history, a record, now two lengths ahead of the Clermont queens of the 1970s “The culture of victory is still very present in Bourges,” shone President Agnès Saint-Gès, who won for the first time in her mandate. after having the difficult task of becoming the successor of the builder Pierre Fosset. “I am very proud to be able to bring back the fifteenth title and continue the course of this club, which is very dear to me, to which I committed myself to my predecessor. »

Super Mann

The winning culture is also a club spirit that flows down the course when the boat swings. In the stifling heat of Mado-Bonnet’s room, Tango went through a black series between two halves: 10 minutes and 14 seconds without the slightest basket, enough for ASVEL to regain momentum (from 20-27 to 35-30). Of course, only a five-point difference, but a small beginning of dizziness in such a closed meeting. Until the moment that Super Mann chose to bring order to the city of Berruyère! Recorded on 2/12 on shots, the California veteran could easily drop. “By missing so many open shots in the first half, she could get trapped and say it wasn’t her evening,” her coach, Olivier Lafargue, admitted before continuing a sentence as explicit as unfinished. “To have people in pain …” In three minutes, Kristen Mann broke the negative spiral by chaining four shots in a row, including two raised arrows. Crazy necessarily life-saving series (41-51, 33rd minute, then 53-59, final score) for the group until then with 29% collective success. “I don’t even know what quarter I’m putting all these shots into,” the future Landaise admitted with a big burst of laughter. “Fourth? Thank you, it’s all so blurred there. But I’m a shooter, you have to have a short memory. I knew my wounds would come one day.”

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Eight assists in 19 baskets for Elin Eldebrink
(photo: Oliver Martin)

“Players didn’t believe it”

Fifteen years after first settling in France, in Tarbes, which has already been seen in eight different clubs, Kristen Mann will be able to enjoy her fate of becoming the unexpected heroine of the final, in which she wins her very first ring. national at the age of 38. Collective reward for two years of continuity in Bourges, long-term work, building collective chemistry, a real team. Everything that will be missing, in short in ASVEL, burdened by fractures between coach Pierre Vincent and his leaders, is ghostly this Saturday (-2 ratings for Ingrid Tanqueray, 6 points to 2/9 for Julie Allemand, 3 points to 1/5 for Marine Johannès ). “Bourges is a complete team that has what we lack,” the Rhone technician spontaneously pointed out before listing his group’s shortcomings. “Determination, self-sacrifice, courage, cohesion … There are players here who didn’t believe it, who did things halfway, who didn’t get into it because it was difficult, difficult. Not everyone was united when you had to be blindly determined in a collective project. In the face of less intense and less organized teams, we gain a lot of points, but as the level of the game rises, we face our limits. »

In this case, it is difficult to find a higher altitude than Bourges has this season. The victory in the EuroCup, the champions of France, simply deprived of a historic triple by a badly negotiated overtime at the end of the danteque final of the Coupe de France, the Tangos were one of the hits of the year in Europe! “Bourges have dominated the season, they deserve their title,” Pierre Vincent and Ingrid Tanqueray said in one voice. “If after a season like this, we’re not happy,” Olivier Lafargue said in very limited joy. “We are going to the end in all competitions. We have a great season, we were very strong mentally. There is pride in the work done … ”Two years of effort and sacrifice that led to the catchy“ We Are The Champions ”inside the Lyon hall. Almost really the refrain of returning to normal in LFB …

in Lyon,

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