“Wemby” is very lonely, the race at the Gong, Bazire still the winner… It was a sporting weekend in Ile-de-France.
Like every weekend, Le Parisien takes a look at all the results and highlights of sporting events involving clubs in the Ile-de-France region.
The opposite performance: “Wemby” was not enough
Despite Victor Vembanyama’s once again brilliant performance (31 points, 14 rebounds, 5 blocks), Boulogne-Levallois lost at home against Roanne on the 19th day of the Betclic Elite (84-102). Vincent Collette’s men, who are second to Monaco in the general classification after three consecutive victories, have therefore stopped. Already in the first game, Chorale perfectly accepted the challenge of Ile-de-France, winning 102-77, thus ending a streak of 9 consecutive victories.
This is also the second defeat of the representative of the capital city in 9 games. However, Victor Vembanyama struggled. After a boring match against Fos-sur-Mer, the tricolor prodigy put things right, giving the match a personal advantage. At the end of the first quarter, Wemby then had half their team’s points in less than seven minutes, but Roannes maneuvered brilliantly collectively to extend the lead in the final quarter.
Descent into Hell: Nanterre falls again
Fifth loss in six games. In Nanterre, diseases are starting to scare, as the red zone approaches as the weeks go by. On Saturday against Portel, Pascal Donnadieu’s men lost again at home (83-87). Ile-de-France, which dominated the first two quarters, but was relatively efficient in shooting (50%), paid for 15 turnovers in a tight match until the final minutes. Regrets can be harbored for the men in green, very well carried by Ray McCallum.
Crazy scenario: Racing pull off a win after the siren against La Rochelle
The shock of the 16th day of the Top 14 fulfilled all its promises. This Saturday, Racing 92, 4th, won in extreme against La Rochelle, 3rd. However, the Racingmen were treated badly. Even before the end of the first quarter of an hour, Rochelais had already scored two tries. The two teams returned to the locker room with the score even 16-28 in favor of the visitors at halftime.
In front of their home crowd, Racing 92 wasted no time in starting their comeback after the break. A quick try from Olivier Klemenczak in the 43rd minute, followed by two penalties from Finn Russell, and Ciel et Blancs regained control just after the hour mark.
But Antoine Hastoy’s superb effort rebalanced the debate in the 73rd minute as Racing cruised to victory. Minutes later, the score was 36-36 when the siren sounded. But Finn Russell’s last-gasp strike finally freed the Paris La Défense Arena crowd and handed victory to the residents of Ile-de-France.
In the evening, “Stade Français” lost to “Perpignan” (31-24). The end of a fine run of four consecutive league wins and the Stadists’ first 14 defeat since the end of November.
And 5! This is the fifth time Jean-Michel Bazire has won the Prix d’Amérique, the world’s greatest trotting race. His trotter Hooker Berry was the favorite of this 102nd edition and met all expectations by running in the home straight at the Hippodrome de Vincennes.
After the race, the supporters of the horse came down from the tribune, next to the podium, and celebrated the victory. In total, 34,000 spectators attended Hooker Berry’s victory.
Another favorite of the day, Idao de Tillard, was quickly disqualified, sanctioned for galloping.
BASKETBALL. Betclic Elite (Day 19): BOULOGNE-LEVALLOIS – Roanne: 84-102; NANTERRE – Portel: 83-87; Dijon-PARIS: 99-88.
GYMNASTICS. TOP 12 GAM (Day 4): FRANCONVILLE – VELIZY: 26-22. TOP 12 WAGs (Day 1): Hyères – COMBS: 32-16.
ICE HOCKEY. Magnus League (Day 36): Rouen – CERGY-PONTOISE: 4-2. French Cup Final : Gap-Grenoble: 2-3.
RUGBY. Top 14 (Day 16): Perpignan – STADE FRANCAIS: 31-24; RACE – La Rochelle: 39-36. Pro D2: MASSY-Montauban: 21-10.
VOLLEYBALL. League A (Day 18): Poitiers – PARIS: 1-3; Saint-Nazaire – LE PLESSIS-ROBINSON: 3-1. Women’s A League (Day 17): STADE FRANCAIS PARIS SAINT-CLOUD – Mulhouse: 3-1; Le Cannet – LEVALLOIS: 2-3.