Dominating after 20 minutes (33-46), Dijon never failed or let go to win with style at Beaublanc (70-94). Limoges is already up against the wall and will at least have to offer its supporters a reaction on Friday on the JDA floor.
All dressed in green for the occasion, Beaublanc had obviously filled up for this gala poster to open the Betclic ELITE playoffs. The men of Massimo Cancellieri – who has just extended his contract in Limousin – received Dijon for a shock between the fourth and fifth of the regular season. An almost classic series of the championship, since the two teams had already faced each other several times in the past at the cost of epic battles. We remember in particular this game winner by TJ Campbell for the JDA on the Limoges floor, or this victory for the CSP in Dijon – the only defeat of their season at the time in front of the Dijon public.
But very often, Limoges has got into the habit of winning its playoff series against Dijon. Without pressure this Tuesday evening, the JDA began the meeting foot to the floor, like a twirling Khadeen Carrington (22 points at 5/10 to 3-pointers in the end) author of 8 points quickly. Deprived of Grismay Paumier, for compulsory paternity leave, Limoges had all the trouble in the world to defend on Gavin Ware (18 points at 8/12 in 18 minutes in the end). The robust Dijon interior scored on each spot at halfway and the racket, well served by his friend, the inevitable David Holston (8 points at 3/10 but 12 assists). In front of an increasingly quiet room, the visitors made their hole, brilliantly managing the tempo of this part (33-46, 20th).
Dijon shoots like a dream
We could expect a big reaction from the locals, probably stung by their coach at the break. It did not happen. Transparent in the first period (0 shots attempted), Nicolas Lang took his first shots… Then found himself excluded after an unsportsmanlike foul following a technical foul. The blow for Limougeauds already well borrowed. Especially since Carrington sent 7 points in a row at the same time. From then on, the delay was close to 25 units, untouchable for the band of a Demonte Harper (16 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists) who was struggling somehow on his side, but in a vacuum.
In total breakdown at Le Mans, Dijon this Tuesday evening made its science of defense speak. Returning to 17 lengths, Limoges began to hope for a comeback, especially as Ware suffered his fourth fault. Short-lived hope, since Carrington, decidedly untenable, was still doing the show from afar to the chagrin of Beaublanc (59-79, 35th). From then on, the match was folded and the most painful garbage time for the men in white who took wave after wave, physically consumed by the desire and the combativeness of the Dijonnais. The mass was finally said on a big shot from Terrell Gomez, the chalice to the dregs in short for a very pale Limoges team this Tuesday evening (70-94).
The score is heavy but logical, reflecting the domination of the head and shoulders of the Burgundians this evening, who will have the opportunity to advance to the next round by winning Friday in the city of the dukes. For the CSP, it’s do or die, victory or vacation.