Faced with his bête noire Dijon, ASVEL dominated the final of the French men’s basketball Cup (61-77) and won the competition for the second time in a row.
Holder of the French Men’s Basketball Cup title, ASVEL put an end to their curse against Dijon to win the trophy for the second time in a row. On the floor of an Accor Arena in Paris-Bercy empty of spectators, the players of TJ Parker have, in fact, been able to put aside their two defeats against the JDA in the Jeep Elite to win a first title this season. However, it was the Dijonnais who started the race in the lead, capitalizing on the initial 5-0 signed Chase Simon (8 points) and Axel Julien (16 points, 6 assists).
But, concluding the first ten minutes with three-point shots signed Thomas Heurtel (18 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists) and Guerschon Yabusele (10 points, 8 rebounds), ASVEL went ahead for two points. An advantage that the Villeurbanne have long seen oscillate between four and eight points during the second quarter, concluding the first half of the match with a 5-0 to find their locker room with ten points ahead.
A lead that did not last very long at the start of the third quarter. If Moustapha Fall (11 points, 11 rebounds) gave ASVEL twelve points ahead, the Rhone club then cashed a 10-0 … then signed a 10-2 to regain more than ten lengths in advance. Dijon hung on but was never able to further reduce the gap with the Villeurbanne. Last ten minutes that the players of TJ Parker started very strong, relying on David Lighty (4 points, 5 rebounds) or Amine Noua (5 points) to take up to 18 points ahead with three minutes still to play in this final.
With their last strength, David Holston’s teammates (14 points) tried everything to come back but ASVEL had padlocked this final, won in the final by 16 points (61-77). A success which allows the Villeurbanne club to succeed one another in the prize list but also to reach the symbolic bar of ten titles in the Coupe de France in its history. A success that will allow President Tony Parker’s players to build up confidence before the end of the Jeep Elite season which promises to be intense.
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