Élan Béarnais, nine times champion of France, relegated to the 2nd division
By Le Figaro with AFP Posted yesterday at 10:32 p.m. , Update yesterday at 22:39…
By Le Figaro with AFP
yesterday at 10:32 p.m.
Update yesterday at 22:39
Giovan Oniangue, Markeith Cummings, Michael Stockton, Vitalis Chikoko, Gerald Ayayi (left to right). Kevin Domas / PANORAMIC
The historic club based in Pau will play next season in Pro B after Nancy’s victory against Fos-sur-Mer.
The Pau-Lacq-Orthez club, nine times French basketball champion, are officially relegated to the second division after 10 years of continuous presence in the top flight following the matchday 33 matches played on Tuesday.
Before experiencing a new complicated season, Élan Béarnais had been relegated for financial reasons last summer and then drafted in extremis but forced to take measures to restrict its payroll imposing a reduced number of professional players.
Having become Pau-Lacq-Orthez, this flagship club of French basketball from the mid-1990s to the mid-2000s no longer had its destiny in hand since its home defeat against Nancy (83-79) on the previous day: a victory of Lorraine against Fos-sur-Mer on Tuesday and he found the lower floor, as in 2009 and 2012. The Sluc did not fail in front of his public (79-65) to ensure his maintenance and also send the Provençaux in second division. The Béarnais also lost at the same time in Strasbourg (90-70).