Basketball. The boss is more than ever Caen!


Bryson Pope and Moïse Diamé, two of the great men of the Caen victory against Lyon.
Bryson Pope and Moïse Diamé, two of the great men of the Caen victory against Lyon. (© AC / Sport in Caen)

What can currently happen to the Caen Basket Calvados ? If we are to believe his recent performances, not much! Even deprived of Florian Thibedore, his best player of last season, Caen has just scored two extremely convincing victories against as many direct opponents at the top of the table, Boulogne-sur-Mer then Lyon, this Tuesday, November 9, 2021 ( 75-62).

CAEN 75 – 62 LYON SO

21-13 / 15-18 / 23-14 / 16-16

CAEN: Bracy-Davis 4, Noël 12, Romain 8, Pope 18, Diamé 13, then Saumont 2, Ona Embo 14, Austin, Wiscart-Goetz 4.

LYON: Craion 17, Pellin, Diallo, Ndjock 13, Kokila 2, then Colas 4 Albert 7, Vial 4, Lontadila 11, Rey 4, Joss Rauze.

Bryson Pope had a big game with constant activity and skill.
Bryson Pope had a big game with constant activity and skill. (© AC / Sport in Caen)

Moïse Diamé, what a match again!

For three quarters, the Lyonnais tried to hang on, equalizing in the middle of the second quarter (24-24, 15 ′), getting closer before half-time (36-31, 20 ′). But they never appeared able to disturb Caen, almost always sovereign despite a few excess ball losses and slight moments of excitement in a second quarter lost by three points (15-18). Led by Bryson Pope (18 points), Gide Noël (12 points) and of course Moïse Diamé (13 points and… 15 rebounds!), They showed off their defensive activity in the first place and a great skill in attack.

Moïse Diamé's dunk.
Moïse Diamé’s dunk. (© AC / Sport in Caen)

A duo of interiors at the rendezvous

In fact, the start of the match quickly set the trend. Gide Noël was responsible for dictating the tempo by scoring eight of the first eleven points from Caen (11-3, 4 ′). With Moïse Diamé, he also locked the Caen racquet in defense. It was when Fabrice Courcier started his rotations that Caen stammered slightly, to the point of being joined. Like a return to the area of ​​Carl Ona Embo, yet author of a beautiful copy, the Normans were somewhat messy. Their aggressiveness in defense, however, made it possible to hold on, until the first basket at the buzzer of Kevin Bracy-Davis (36-31, 20 ′).

Gide Noël started the match with a bang.  It was he who put Caen on the right track.
Gide Noël started the match with a bang. It was he who put Caen on the right track. (© AC / Sport in Caen)

A hot stroke at the start of the last quarter

The locals set off again in the attack of the third quarter, again in the wake of Gide Noël and the intractable warrior Moïse Diamé (48-38, 25 ′). As Bryson Pope and Olivier Romain were not left out, the mattress was still comfortable (55-45, 28 ′). He was going to integrate the box spring in the last quarter when the CBC was going to catch fire. In a few minutes, the gap exceeded 20 points (71-48, 34 ′). The Palais des Sports, once again packed, roared. The Caen were almost too far too soon. The last minutes were slower but the score was made.

Olivier Romain put in some important shots.
Olivier Romain put in some important shots. (© AC / Sport in Caen)

Caen confirms its first place in the National 1 standings and takes a point on a potential team in the top 5, therefore in the second phase. As against Boulogne, it could be a victory that counts almost double …

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