According to Aline Chatel
and Caen Basket Calvados managed to meet his audience again! The first game of the season played at home, this Friday, September 30, 2022, ended with a big and big victory in front of Andrézieux (99-77). Slightly battered at the start of the match, by a point at the end of the first quarter (25-24, 10′), Caennais built their success on a strong defense in the second quarter. They scored only ten points (43-34, 20′).
“At the beginning of the match we felt that we were not relaxed, admits Stéphane Eberlin. In preparation for this match, we told the players that we have to leave it, that we have to go find the public, because it is definitely the best audience in N1. To get it, you had to put determination, intensity and heart into it. We did that. At the end of the second quarter, we had a click. We won the ball, we were able to run. »
The locals then surfed at their own good pace. “We let it go. Offensively, we started to find a flow, a quick game. We had 32 assists, the ball moved and everyone contributed. “Extremely skilled (66% 2-pointers, 52% 3-pointers) Caen scored 56 points in the second half. The perfect Njiba took advantage of the opportunity and fed his personal counter of 24 points, 10/12 shooting and also seven assists.Lucas Veraghe (14 points), Demond Watt (14 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists) and Yanik Blanco (13 points, 6 assists) also did well.
“A lovely evening”
A reassuring victory? “Yes, of course,” replies Stéphane Eberlin. The most important thing was the start of the season, but we know that we start the season with a win. We’re still making baskets too easy, but we’re making progress. It’s a beautiful evening. It is important for the team, for the public, for the leaders. We’ll be back in ten days, but there are two away games before then. The CBC will start in Rouen on Tuesday 4 October 2022.
CAEN: Thibedore 1, Watt 14, Awich 6, Njiba 24, White 13, then Diawara 2, Marmillod, Veraghe 14, Ona Embo 5, Smock 8, Bernaoui 12, Pope NPJ.
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