After two years of interruption, the young basketball players of the department had ants in the baskets and the desire was great to try the grounds of La Madeleine, Épine and Champ-Long. Sunday marked the successful return of the Challenge de l’Amitié.
“The spirit of dynamism and fair play was present throughout the day, explains Alain Brûlé, secretary of AS Madeleine, organizer of the club. Among the 60 teams present, we had teams from Tours, Rambouillet and Chéron (Yvelines), Bretteville (Calvados) and Stade Lavallois. For the record, the Chéron team found our tournament on the Cholet basket website, which advertised us”
And to mark this return to competition, the organizers had planned a little more, giving each best player or best player in the finals a much appreciated reward. “This year, we innovated by offering each MVP a prize related to a former participant of the tournament. ».
Thus, the winners were given balls signed by the child of the club Maxime Choplin (Fougères, NM2 and winner of the Coupe France), or by Iliana and Rayan Rupert, shoes by Scott Bamforth (ex-MSB) and a jersey by Nicholas Batum. It was therefore blowing a bit of Christmas air in the middle of June.
Saint-Pavin and the ASCA monopolize the titles
Throughout the day, from U11 to U15, girls and boys, more than 500 young people competed, with the secret hope of reaching the afternoon finals, at the La Madeleine gymnasium. “We had a high departmental level, with very good finals, in a full house, with nearly 1,200 people present. »
During these finals, two clubs were particularly effective: ASCA (two titles in U11 girls and boys) and Avenir de Saint-Pavin (three titles).
Result of the finals
U11F – AS La Chapelle-Saint-Aubin / Cérans-Yvré basket: 24-3.
U11G – AS La Chapelle-Saint-Aubin / JS Ruaudin: 21-14.
U13F- Le Mans Saint-Pavin / JS Ruaudin: 14-10.
U13G – Le Mans Saint-Pavin / Rambouillet SB: 27-7.
U15F- Le Mans Saint-Pavin / AS La Madeleine: 38-22.
U15G- Le Mans SCM / Tours: 29-21.