Strasbourg heads out of the water at Fos-sur-Mer: “a new start” for the GIS?

“It will probably not be easy, maybe not pretty, but the only thing that will count will be a victory. » Asked by the GIS official website before the meeting, Lassi Tuovi had been right. It was far from easy, it was quite ugly but the Alsatian team achieved its goals: it leaves Fos-sur-Mer with the match sheet (71-64), which allows it to extinguish the beginning of fire ignited by the rout in Limoges and the setback against Vilnius. “We weren’t here for a beauty contest”, smiles, afterwards, the Finnish technician, very little looking at aesthetics for once. “I don’t know if it’s reassuring but we had to win it”, engages its leader Jean-Baptiste Maille.

25 stray balls, 14% at three points: the offensive poverty of Fos

In its desperate quest for success, Strasbourg was also able to count on the precious helping hand from Fos-sur-Mer which was hara-kiri at the start of the fourth quarter. For 1 minute and 17 seconds, the BYers completely lost control: 3 successive stray balls for an 0-8 which ultimately cost the match (from 51-51 to 51-59, then 54-65). “It’s an incomprehensible air pocket”, plague Jean-Michel Mipoka, short of explanation. “It’s symptomatic of our season…” Especially since the promoted southerner, driven by the energy of Allan Dokossi (12 points at 5/7 and 11 rebounds), seemed to have taken over on the return of the locker room with an 8-0 from the start to achieve its biggest advantage of the evening (45-34, 23rd minute). Before the SIG gradually made up for its delay… “The way the team fought back shows that we didn’t want to give up”, is satisfied Lassi Tuovi. “The experience then allowed us to win the game in the fourth quarter. »

It was more trench warfare than silky basketball in Parsemain
(photo: Christophe Canet)

Given the statistics, it even seems incomprehensible that Strasbourg had to row so much to win their 13th success of the season. Before the meeting, Rémi Giuitta had targeted two areas: stray balls and offensive rebounds. Results? 25 misplaced possessions (!) and 18 second chances left to the Bas-Rhinois, for 23 additional shots (73 attempts to 50). “With such figures, we should be at -20 or -30”, agrees the Marseille coach. “It shows that there is heart and energy but it’s frustrating because it’s not enough. I have nothing to blame my players on the fight, they do not give up but it takes more intelligence, more patience. Offensively, we are too limited. “A recurring problem for the worst attack in the championship – barely 70 points on average per game, when all the other teams are at least at 76 – which suffers from a huge deficit in creation, barely compensated by a Deishuan Booker as talented as he is naive, at address (2/14 from three points) and does not have this go-to-guy interior, especially in the absence of Zachery Peacock. With his attacking leader, Lasan Kromah, still retained in Liberia (with a return announced earlier this week), Jamar Diggs found himself in charge of the majority of the responsibilities ball in hand. For an abysmal total of 8 stray balls, third worst performance of the season in Betclic ÉLITE. “We lack control”, summarizes Rémi Giuitta. And meanwhile, the clock is ticking, the games are ticking, the missed opportunities are also missed and the BYers are still at the bottom of the class, only last in the standings. “We are capable of playing a top team eye to eye but we must not hide our faces, the window is starting to narrow,” worries Jean-Michel Mipoka.

“A great team ensures that
its slack periods are as short as possible”

Taken in its infernal calendar, the SIG is far from all these considerations. In 72 hours, Jean-Baptiste Maille’s teammates will play part of their European future against Szombathely before returning to the shores of the Mediterranean on Wednesday to challenge AS Monaco and then returning to Rhénus to receive Champagne Basket there in eight days. “In a week, I will no longer remember which side of France Fos is on, but we will always have the victory”, slips Lassi Tuovi. Either the mantra of the Provençal evening of the Strasbourg residents who absolutely needed to close an obscure chapter of their season. “The period is difficult but we had to win at all costs. In my eyes, this victory is more important than some great victories. »

Author of his 13 points in the first MT, Cavaliere was invaluable in raising the SIG from its bad start
(photo: Christophe Canet)

For this, the Alsatian club was able to count on the commitment of its soldiers: Matt Mitchell (7 points at 3/11 but 9 rebounds and 5 steals), Léo Cavaliere (13 points at 5/10, 5 rebounds and 2 steals) or Ike Udanoh (9 points, 6 rebounds and 4 steals) as gondola heads. We should also mention the precious relays of young Illan Piétrus (16 years old), to be credited with 17 minutes in order to replace Jordan Howard (4 faults in 8 minutes), or the impact of captain DeAndre Lansdowne: during his 19 minutes spent on the floor , Strasbourg scored 22 units more than Fos-sur-Mer! Alone, the former handler of Home Depot weighed 6 points out of 8 of the famous 8-0 of the beginning of the fourth act. “I also remember our defensive intensity which pushed Fos to make bad choices”, adds the Finnish coach, adding that three of the last five Strasbourg opponents in Betclic ÉLITE had lost more than 20 balls (21 for Le Portel, 23 for Nanterre and therefore 25 for Fos). After taking some time to respond to the physical challenge imposed by the locals, the players from the Wacken district finally knew how to impose their characteristic intensity to trap the BYers in their own game. For a founding evening for the rest of the season? “Everyone has low points in a season and a good team makes sure they are as short as possible. I therefore hope that this victory is a new start for us”, concludes Lassi Tuovi. It really wasn’t easy, it really wasn’t pretty, but that’s really the only thing that matters.

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Strasbourg heads out of the water at Fos-sur-Mer: “a new start” for the GIS?