Basketball: Asvel, led 2-0 by the Mets of Victor Wembanyama, back to the wall

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11:20 p.m., May 30, 2023

Boulogne-Levallois leads two wins to zero in the semi-finals of the French basketball championship against Asvel, three-time defending champion, after their victory Tuesday at Bercy (86-83) thanks to a basket from Barry Brown three seconds behind. the end.

Asvel, three-time French basketball champion, is on the precipice in the semi-finals against Boulogne-Levallois, led two wins to zero after their defeat Tuesday at Bercy (86-83) on a basket at three seconds of the late Barry Brown. The Villeurbannais, still deprived of Nando De Colo on Sunday, no longer have the right to make mistakes in this series in three winning matches before receiving the Metropolitans 92 from Victor Wembanyama on Friday at the Astroballe.

After being 16 lengths behind at the end of the third quarter (64-48, 28th), they thought they could snatch extra time when Dee Bost equalized, for the first time in the game, on a winning shot at 12 sec. 3/10th of the buzzer (83-83). But after a time-out taken by Vincent Collet, Mets coach Barry Brown, an American fullback who arrived as a medical joker in mid-May, responded to Bost to give victory to the Ile-de-France residents and make the some 15,000 spectators at Bercy jump. Where the Metropolitans 92 had relocated this second meeting after winning the first at the Marcel-Cerdan sports hall in Levallois (Hauts-de-Seine), Sunday (75-69).

little intensity

Asvel, in the chaotic season marked by a last place in the Euroleague and a withdrawal of a championship victory for administrative shortcomings, only really put the necessary intensity in the last quarter. In the wake of Yves Pons (9 points in this period), who in two energetic dunks and a winning shot brought him closer to two lengths five minutes from the siren (74-72). In the last minute, full of suspense, Brown, already him, gave the Mets a four-point lead with 40 seconds remaining (81-77), before a first response from Bost (81-80). Brown was then solid on the free throw line (83-80), before responding to Bost. Wembanyama was confined to 13 points.

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