Le Parisien now returns to all the results and highlights of sporting events in Île-de-France at the end of each weekend.
The weekend poster: Boulogne-Levallois basketball players dominate Asvel
In a packed and full Marcel-Cerdan sports hall – which was sold out for the 8th time this season – Vincent Collet’s players defeated Asvel on Sunday evening (83-81) during the clash between co-leaders of the Betclic Elite. A duel that kept its promises through the quality of play developed by the two teams and that ended after a long and intense confrontation. However, if Boulogne-Levallois, carried by the inevitable Will Cummings (29 points), started this shock better at the top of the championship (38-20), he had to wait until the last second to resist the return of the Villeurbannais which took over control a few minutes from the buzzer.
With this result, the Metropolitans return to victory after 3 defeats in the league, stopping Asvel’s streak of 8 wins and grabbing only the head of the Betclic Elite. “It is the victory of courage, Vincent Collet tastes. We found the face during the first part of the season. It’s good to be a leader, but the season is far from over and we have a cotton calendar ahead of us. We must take advantage of what we have done and continue to improve. †
The perf of the weekend: the volleyball players of Plessis-Robinson
Le Plessis-Robinson becomes a regular in this section. After Montpellier (5th) and Sète (3rd), the newly promoted player who plays in Ligue A for the first time in his history won Nantes-Rézé on Saturday (3-1, 20-25, 25-22, 26-24 , 25 -19). Russian exchange Alexey Nalobin, 32, who had made the trip, did not play (feverishly). “He has suffered from the situation,” Cedric Logeais, his coach, explained. He is powerless against Vladimir Putin’s decisions. It is difficult for him. Volleyball allows him to think about something else every now and then, but it is not an easy situation. “Le Plessis-Robinson steals 9th place from his opponent and sees himself three points (and one game less) from 8th place (the last qualifier for the play-offs) occupied by Paris, winner of Toulouse on Friday (3-1): “We will try to continue the series and join the battle for the play-offs, Paris and Nice are not far away,” emphasizes Cédric Logeais.
The flop: the end of Racing’s series in the Top 14
Unbeaten since January 2, Racing 92, which remained on six successive successes (Clermont, Toulouse, Brive, Pau, Bordeaux and Castres), lost on Saturday at the penultimate Perpignan (34-13) during the 20th day of the Top 14. Dominating, went broke the Racingmen and lost control of the game by conceding two attempts in quick succession just after the half hour (31st and 34th). Antoine Gibert missed three of the five penalties. Racing is now 5th.
The Player of the Weekend: Vyacheslav Bobrov (Nanterre)
He wasn’t sure if he could play. Arriving in France at the beginning of the week, inland Vyacheslav Bobrov had to sort out personal affairs before playing his first match with Nanterre. Finally, the 29-year-old Ukrainian was present on the Gravelines floor on Friday evening. But his first steps in his new colors proved difficult. Bobrov, who played for Dnipro before signing for Nanterre, had to make do with a rebound in 7 minutes of play and his new team lost (87-83).
The event: a Kenyan hat-trick at Place de la Bastille
This year he returned to his usual date, after two years of health crisis, the Paris half marathon saw 25,000 participants cross the finish line at Place de la Bastille. It was Kenyan Boniface Kibiwott who won in 1h00′52′’ ahead of his compatriots Vincent Yegon (1h0118′) and Benard Kimeli (1h0123′’). First Frenchman, Benjamin Choquert, finished 7th in 1h0338′’. In the women’s race, the victory went to Ethiopian Nigsti Haftu in 1h07′37′’. Margaux Siéracki took sixth place in 1h11′01′’.
The number: 19
PSG Handball, winner in Chambéry (33-27), won their 19th success in as many Starligue matches. But the leader was for a long time displaced by the Savoyards, carried by an Imperial Nikola Portner in his goals (12 parades for a ratio of 31% over the entire match). PSG trailed up to five goals but recovered by almost systematically resorting to numerical superiority on offense. This ultra-offensive strategy allowed PSG Handball to return to equality before the 20th minute (12-12) before taking off. Mikkel Hansen shot an 8 of 9.
“It was complicated to win here, in a packed house, but we knew how to do it,” said coach Raul Gonzalez. We were not concentrated enough in the attack in the first fifteen minutes. That’s why we went to seven, because it forces us to be more vigilant. In this system, a mistake can quickly be fatal. PSG took the opportunity to take revenge on Chambéry, who are still the only side to have beaten them on the French stage this season: 28-29 in the League Cup semi-final in December.
The most important results
Betclic Elite: Gravelines – NANTERRE 87-83, Le Mans – PARIS 95-82, BOULOGNE – LEVALLOIS – ASVEL 83-81.
Star Competition: Cesson-Rennes – CRETEIL 30-29; Chambery – PSG 27-33.
Pro league: Nice – IVRY 23-30, PONTAULT-COMBAULT – Besançon 27-26, TREMBLAY – MASSY 24-29
Magnus League: Bordeaux – CERGY-PONTOISE 0-4
Top 14: Perpignan RACING 92 34-13; STADE FRANÇAIS – Stade Toulousain 23-16
National: MASSY-Aubenas 35-3; Albi-Suresnes 21-8.
Elite Women 1: Stade Toulousain – STADE FRANÇAIS 39-0; Rennes – BOBIGNY 25-5
League A: PARIS-Toulouse 3-1; Nantes-Reze – Le Plessis-Robinson 1-3; Women’s A League: Marcq-en-Barœul – STADE FRANÇAIS PARIS SAINT-CLOUD 3-0.