Basketball – Euroleague (F): Lattes-Montpellier largely dominated by Venice but qualified

Published on February 22, 2022 at 10:40 p.m. – updated on February 22, 2022 at 10:49 p.m.

Aurélie SACCHELLI

Already qualified for the quarter-finals of the Euroleague, Lattes-Montpellier lost heavily 52-74 against Venice during the penultimate day of the group stage.

Currently penultimate in the French championship, Lattes-Montpellier is nevertheless already qualified for the quarter-finals of the Euroleague! The Héraultaises are living a paradoxical season and they received Venice this Tuesday for their penultimate group match in a meeting without any real stake since they already knew that they would face the ogre Fenerbahçe in the quarter-finals. And the Gazelles were largely beaten: 52-74. From the start of the match, the Italians set the tone by signing a 9-0 to start. BLMA managed to come back to 12-12, but trailed 13-16 at the end of the first quarter. The score then remained at 20-20 for 2:30 into the second quarter, and the Venetians took the game in hand to lead 26-33 at halftime. A break that did not do Lattes-Montpellier any good, far from it, because it was in the third quarter that they suffered a big blow, with a terrible 26-11. The gap increased to +25 in favor of the Italians, who then calmly managed the last quarter (15-15), to finally win by 22 points, in the wake of an excellent Martina Bestagno (21pts, 5rbds, 3pds).

Against Salamanca on Thursday

Opposite, the best scorer of Lattes-Montpellier ends with 13 points (and 4 rebounds and 3 assists) and is called Mamignan Touré. Following this result, Lattes-Montpellier retains fifth place in group A, with only one game to play, against Salamanca (3rd), knowing that Venice (4th) has finished with its group stage. Even in the event of a defeat against the Spanish, the BLMA is therefore guaranteed to finish fourth. Remember that the other French club in the running in the Euroleague, the champion of France Basket Landes, will be transferred to the quarter-finals of the Eurocup, regardless of its result against Girona on Wednesday. Quarters that Bourges and Lyon-ASVEL also hope to reach next week.

Hérault markers: Filip (6), Kiavi (5), Riviere (6), Touré (13), Peters (7), Wallace (12), Zemoura (3)

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