|25 January 2013|
|Andrew Albicy is certain Paris will get back to winning ways |
Paris Levallois return to French Pro A action on Friday night, at home to Roanne, following an almost unprecedented development in their campaign this season.
The Parisians' 82-77 loss at fellow French side BCM Gravelines Dunkerque in the EuroChallenge Last 16 on Tuesday constituted their second defeat in a row, after an 88-73 setback at Strasbourg the Saturday previous.
BCM effectively put the game away with an impressive 28-9 run in the third quarter, and even led by as many as 21 points in the fourth, before late heroics from Paris reduced the final gap to only five.
"We knew they are very strong in the third quarter, they always raise their game in that period," Paris point guard Andrew Albicy admitted to French website BasketNews.
"They widened the gap, we made turnovers, they made us run, it gave them huge confidence and... voilà.
"It can slip away fast, especially on the road, it goes very fast."
But at least the visitors' late reaction paid some dividends.
"The goal average (point differential) counts a lot in a European competition," the 22-year-old French international said.
"We tried to limit the damage, we could have even won the game perhaps, but what's done is done.
"The fact is that it's been two games now that we have not played well."
Paris have only had to deal with a two-game slide once this season, and it was back in October.
To make the situation even more interesting, Roanne was the team that had handed them their first defeat in the Pro A, and the first in that October slide.
Not to worry, says Albicy.
"We have suffered two consecutive defeats so we want to bounce back, but no, we are not thinking about that first defeat to Roanne.
"We really want to win, especially as it is a home game.
"We want to have a top-four finish and to do that you have to win matches."
The blazingly fast playmaker has a clear idea of what his team need to do to avenge Roanne on Friday.
"What counts to me is that we play our game, especially on defence.
"Offensively, I think we have improved a bit since the beginning of the season.
"But for me, if we want to win the [Pro A] title, we really need to improve on defence."